Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tough Love


Tough Love


Tough Love is an illustration I was asked to provide for Irregular Magazine. They’re a great free download only magazine with serious potential and focus on the f/sf gaming industries. I only wish them the best in their future endeavors. Every issue of theirs
has a theme. This one was Pulp and being a sucker for old pulp cover art it got me excited early on.
I’m a huge sucker for pulp book covers of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. It was very artistically open and immediately I knew I wanted to do a throwback to those great covers. The thing I love the most about them is how fun and kitschy they are. There are very, very few instances when you’re allowed to use a very forced perspective, over crowed compositions and semi-wrong anatomy (notice I didn’t say wrong/bad anatomy, that is not ok). This was one of the few great times to do that.
It was all about body language and mood. The goal I set to push myself was to make sure the viewer understands both characters mindsets. She seducing him but she has an alternate agenda. He’s thinking he will be getting one thing but not knowing what he’ll really be getting. I think there’s a lot of fun in that story device. I hope I’ll get the chance to do more like this in the future.

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