Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Portrait of Ursula K. Le Guin



This was a recent illustration I did for California Magazine, to accompany an interview with noted sci fi author, Ursula K. Le Guin.  I have to say I hadn't read any of her works prior to receiving this assignment, but after researching her, and reading the excellent interview, I was very intrigued and found her to be a fascinating person.  The research and the drawing were so much fun to do that this became easily my favourite illustration that I've done this year.

The final art was drawn in ink and composited digitally to make the image (the red and the black parts of the image were drawn separately and merged in photoshop).

Just for fun, I thought I'd post all the various research notes, concept thumbnails and rough sketches that I made in my sketchbook on the way to creating the final art.  They're shown below, with all the silly reminders to myself about approaching deadlines left unedited.  I hope you'll find them of interest.









6 comments:

Fil said...

I love what you did with this. Flat, simple, loose, good lines. thanks for posting sketches! F

Michael Cho said...

Thanks - glad you liked it :)

evensketchier said...

I love seeing the process here, and the final product is quite nice. I like the simple color and skillful line work.

Le Tang said...

Really elegant style. Love it!

Michael Cho said...

My thanks to you both for dropping by.

Kevin Greene said...

Great artwork, sir. I'm really surprised that I've never stumbled across your stuff before. I'll definitely be following!