Thought I’d put this old stuff out there– I’ve lately been interested in my progression as an artist, so it’s interesting to go back and review past work. All of this stuff is circa 2001, where marker was my primary medium and I was only getting started with digital coloring.
This Electric Lace series was trying to incorporate graphic design with illustration as a point of interest. They look horrible to me now– and do nothing to show my design skill, but at the time I thought this was a good idea. Notice how the subject matter is pretty risque, particularly taking into account that these were supposed to be examples of non-erotic work. This is what I mean when I always say that erotica was always subtly coming out in my old work. Granted, in marker techniques class, the usual assignment was to render a hot sexy girl from Maxim or something. So I guess my subconscious erotica-lean has a bit less to do with this than I may want to claim.
KOF Quarterly is also trying to show some sort of type design skill but I can hardly look at this piece now. Besides the dreadful early attempt at watercolor, there are so many type design errors, I can’t believe I ever had this on any site– lol. I may redo this piece for the “Draw This Again” meme because I love Iori and don’t feel as though I’ve represented him properly in my art.
Next up is a color story mood board. Making stuff like this was one of my first jobs out of school. I took a drawing I did for a KOF fan art contest and collaged it with harmonious colors– another attempt at incorporating illustration and design. I must say though that this was the beginning of me recognizing that I have a pretty good color sense.
Finally, we have another piece form the KOF fan art contest. I think the rules were to make the art into an e-card or something. LOL that I’m still using that same flare today.