My FEM FUNK portrait project is well underway and I will be posting the first final portraits soon. Over the course of a year (ending next January) I will be illustrating 50 portraits of Female Funk musicians of the past and present. Once the first final pieces have been posted, I will start a tumblr specifically for the project that will post my progress photos, final portraits and youtube clips. To get a sneak peek, check out the progress photos below
I was asked recently to illustrate and design another poster for Erykah Badu, this time to commemorate her performance in Oakland on New Years Eve. A few ideas were tossed around, but ultimately we landed with the idea of Erykah posing as the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, Janus. Since I am in love with drawing hair, this gave me the perfect excuse to drawing a braid coming from each head, meeting in the middle to unite the two. Pomegranates and grapes rest on the border to symbolize prosperity and abundance.
So, I haven’t been around in a while to post any new work that I have been working on. During the summer I had two surgeries, one for a broken scaphoid and the other was an orchiectomy aka the removal of my left testicle due to a scary lump that I had going on. During and after recovery from these two surgeries, I had no motivation to complete work. Needless to say, I am back on track.
This piece is the latest poster design that I have completed for the Port Tobacco Players’ production of the Sound of Music. I wanted to take a different approach to the design that actually addresses the conflict within the musical. You may notice that I hand drew the lettering for the title, a first for me in the sense that it is a bit more calligraphic than the approach that I usually take.
Here is the poster design and illustration that I did for Port Tobacco Players’ production of Into the Woods. Interestingly enough, this is the third time that I have illustrated a poster for this musical, the other two will remain in the vault and never shown again. Next up is the poster for PTP’s production of the Sound of Music, another one of my favorite musicals. I’m thinking some crazy hand drawn type.