To celebrate Small Business Saturday I’m having a special weekend sale of all the prints in my store. New prints from my show have been added as well.
Just enter THANKSGIVINGFUN in the discount bar to get 20% off!
As an added bonus, orders over $60 will get this free holiday screenprint!
Chris is pretty much the best at what he does, and any wall looks better with his art on it.
Edit: Someone pointed out that I seemed to have managed to write Chris’ name as Phil.
In my defense, I need a nap and just got home from a trip and my pal Phil McAndrew had taken care of my cats for a week.
Also I’m bad at names.
This week’s contributor is Donovan Crosby, an artist and illustrator who is originally from L.A. After working in the animation industry for a few years, she escaped to Portland, Or, to paint, draw, hike and generally enjoy the grey and mossy vastness of the pacific northwest. She shares her work sparingly, sneaking it on to her blog hicockalorum.tumblr.com.
If she found herself stranded in her studio, it wouldn’t be that different from her current life but she would miss being able to go hiking or simply getting a breath of fresh air. Although, as she puts it, she’s already adept at contorting her body for long stretches at a time to serve a finished piece of art. She would like the following items in said studio: twinkle lights, a kettle, tea and lots of it, a cat, and a yogamat.
This is a stretch, but technically it is a soundtrack. It takes me back to a childhood in Southern California where going to Disneyland was an immense treat. Most people I know who had similar experiences still retain a flitter of excitement at the thought of wandering around those cavernous air conditioned rides. I’m not sure what I would make of the place if I were to see it for the first time as an adult. Likely I’d see more of the scaffolding and edifice holding the illusion together, ie; the little wires that LED fireflies hang from. But hearing this reminds me of a time when I didn’t need to squint to make it look fantastical, I was just swimming in magic.
Roman Muradov is an illustrator and cartoonist who barely needs an introduction here. Originally from Russia, he has been making his fellow illustrators and doodlers sick with envy over the past few years with his incredibly inventive and constantly elegant work.
Here he shares his choices to listen to again and again if he found himself chained to his desk.
My appreciation of the Fall follows a standard pattern of “it’s repetitive and the singer can’t even be bothered to sing, is it even music?” to “it’s repetitive and the singer can’t even be bothered to sing, why do I listen to anything else, ever?” I’m into C.B. is one of Fall’s finest creations, and possibly my favorite song of all time. The dense pummeling rhythm, repeated with hysterical insistence throughout the song is given central stage, unhindered by fancy melodies or excessive production. Lyrically, it’s balancing between the straightforward narratives of Grotesque and marked obscurity of Perverted by Language, complete with MES’s signature attention to mundanities, sharp phrasing and self-referencing. When I try to figure out why I prefer the Fall to any other music, I think it fall back to the initial reaction: it’s borderline not quite music, yet it’s laden with distorted pop artifacts, scattered among the profound strangeness of Mark E.Smith’s delivery.
Here’s a little thing I thought up recently after listening to Desert Island Discs for too long. If you don’t know Desert Island Discs; it’s a bbc-radio program that’s been around for ages, where famous people get interviewed and share their music choices to listen to if they were stranded on a desert island. Between the actors, writers and politicians however, there are precious few illustrators. So I thought I’d remedy that a little bit by having illustrators, cartoonists and other doodlers share their 8 music choices if they were bound to their desks forever (As if that is not a situation they haven’t chosen for themselves already).
Anyway; click through to listen to all of Roman’s choices. I’m going to try to make this a weekly thing, provided I can get people interested.
Hi Chuck! What kind of paper do you recommend for line work like ink or pencil? thanks! (:
I would say, you should try out a bunch of different ones and go with the one that gives you the best results. Or the one that gives you decent results but is pretty cheap. I don’t believe there are universal answers for these kinds of things. Everyone draws differently, and everyone will have a specific paper they prefer. In my case, I like to do a lot of my drawing on card stock, because it’s nice and smooth. It’s horrible for ink or paint though, so I generally have some smooth watercolour paper around as well.
Do you have any "go-to" brushes? And do you have a favorite?
I have a couple of brushes that I use a lot, they’re all made from scanned paint splashes. My favourite brush is probably a variation of a chalk-brush with some texture and stuff added to it. I can use it for almost anything.
This detail from a larger thing is probably a good example. For textures and colouring I like to use washes and random splashes of paint, that I scan and turn into brushes. And lately I’ve become enamored of a sponge brush that gives a nice effect (basically, like so many illustrators I’m trying to get the same effect spongy dry brush effect Annette Marnat is so good at).
I really really really love your illustration style! How long did it take you until you were comfortable with specific styles:)?
Honestly, I don’t think you can really speak of specific styles in the plural about my work. I just like to find something that feels right for each project, and I’m far from ever comfortable with it. But I think that’s a perfectly healthy attitude to have. Keeps one on one’s toes.
Hello! Was wondering, with a majority of your work, do you prefer to color traditionally or digitally? I'm really interested in your coloring process and wondering how you do it! You work is some of the best I've seen.
Hi, and thanks!that’s a hard question to answer, really. My process varies from project to project in all sorts of small ways. I outlined the general process here once: http://chuckgroenink.tumblr.com/post/35522740506/every-now-and-then-people-ask-me-about-my-process But almost every assignment is different, depending on how digital or traditional my technique is. I will say that I always use photoshop to determine the final colours, because it allows me greater control and because I don’t trust my eyes. When I use colour in painting, etc, I like to mess around with it to see if I can get something nice unexpected results to offset the complete predictability of PS. At the same time, photoshop allows me to get colours I didn’t originally plan to use, or to bind a pallette together better. The fact of the matter is that I’m not that good with colour on paper, and used to avoid it altogether, but photoshop has given me the means to not screw up all the time.