Mano Cornuto

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In honor of my upcoming trip to Naples, I decided to design and illustrate a new postcard. The Mano Cornuto (Horned Hand) is an ancient good luck sign, the original “Rock On!” gesture, and is still very common in Naples, especially as a charm or pendant.

As usual, I started out with a simple scanned line drawing — in this case, I went with a more line-heavy, woodcut style to match the theme. When I colored it in photoshop, I offset the registration of the color layers to give the impression of vintage-style lithography.

Improved Imogen

Imogen, my first foray into the work of pinup illustration, never seemed quite finished. At the time I was trying to go for a more minimalist, line-oriented piece, but I found the other night that adding a little bit of color made a world of difference. Sparkley stars also helped.

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Vector Shoe

I’ve been fairly busy lately with my portfolio. I’m proud to say that its coming along well, with a lot of my sketches being reused as templates for creating vector-based images for new projects. Here’s an example, created from a shoe I drew a few posts back .  . .

 

 

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Rose Colored Glasses

This is actually an earlier sketch, with a bit of photoshop added. I decided to revisit it because it has more significance in relation to the rest of my illustration, as its main purpose is to convey emotion, rather than just to say “Hey, here’s a face I drew.” A wonderful piece to look at. I’d love to trace it and turn it into something more complete, but it would lose the sublime, spontaneous style that can only really happen in the moment.

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