October 16, 2005

35: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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While I devote the remainder of my week's spare time to devising a cover concept for the fall HOWieZine (theme: lost and/or found), I submit this tinkered version of an old FreeHand jobbie for Illustration Friday (theme: cold). I originally doodled and vectorized this hockey goon a couple of years ago. But with the reinstated National Hockey League back in full tilt, I thought a subtle revamp of this thug was in order. It is the League's intent that talentless ape-men like this fellow will be left out in the cold as it ushers in a new-look, skill-heavy PR effort. So to that effect, this hombre is quite cold, perhaps soon to become as much history as the helmetless player and the intermission smoke break.


The background in this piece is constructed from a few different sources; a strip of birch bark, a photo of an old wooden ammunition crate from Kerry's parents' cottage, plus some added Photoshop brush pizzazz and some blue-heavy hue and saturation shifts. One can get a closer look if one clicks here.

10 comments:

diosaperdida said...

really, really well done!

Holly said...

I like the talentless ape-man. Very cool!

bee'nme said...

OK, I don't know hockey from billiards except that you grab a long stick and whack at stuff or people - but, this guy I like. He's cold all right, but like the drawing, he's multi-layered - maybe even a softie under all that. See, that's the good-girl-likes-bad-boy syndrome speaking - always thinking, hoping guys are deeper than they appear - I suspect I'm quite mistaken...Anyway it's a fun, well rendered illustration made with your usual wit and skill. Kudos!

Anonymous said...

I like how you have used a variety of souces to construct your effective 'cold' image! I don't think his eyes glow 'softie' but future regret about his thick as a brick skills belonging to history. Hockey on the grass can be a cold game - wrapped my knees under several ice packs - but your image tells me ice hockey is much colder!!!

Ellen said...

Just simply an awesome illustration!

Alina Chau said...

COOL illustration!! Love the grove in the shape of house too ... you have many cool postings!! The duck is awesome too!!

shannon said...

You just keep getting better and better!

Drazen said...

great combo of elements, lots of fun!

Allan L. said...

Very nice, man. Lots of different textures in this. I wish i had your command of Photoshop.

Alina Chau said...

This is a cool illo!! Love the style, and your use of different blue and texture! :) Goood job.