Frank Ocean process from sketch to finish.
One thing I’ve been aiming to do in the new year is more self-directed work. Everyone says that, but this time I mean it! Here’s the first personal piece of the year.
I was asked to do an in-depth portrait a little while ago, and it got my gears turning. So, I wanted to take another stab at a portrait, this time someone who lends themselves to more creative abstraction. Frank Ocean’s music inspires me, so I wanted to explore the visual language of his music.
Because Frank Ocean sings about love sex and heartbreak I chose to incorporate a kama sutra pattern on his robe’s lapel (prelim drawing posted earlier). Designing these comically robotic poses was the funniest part of the project.
Illustration for an article in American Cowboy Magazine about the old Clint Eastwood classic, Fist Full of Dollars. Feels like I’m getting type-cast for Westerns lately (not complaining). Many thanks to art director Eva Young, and to the kind-hearted and super-talented John Hendrix for sending this project my way.
Hooray! This illustration made it into this year’s Communication Arts Illustration Annual. Thanks judges!
Rossetti lived with Morris and his wife Jane in Kelmscott Manor (depicted outside the window). He used Jane as the subject of many of his paintings. The illustration is based on Rossetti’s painting of Jane from 1868 Jane Morris (The Blue Silk Dress):
I expanded the composition of the painting so it appears Jane is looking longingly toward Rossetti. The wallpaper on the back wall is an original textile design from Morris and Rossetti’s decorative arts firm.
I had a great time with this illustration! Many thanks to Julia Rothman and Also Design for the free-reign!
Some fun character and concept design for this epic Origin spot that I worked on with the great team at Psyop.
For the New York Sunday Times Business section for an article about the shortage of primary care doctors. Art Director Minh Uong.
Morgan Schweitzer Expressing Movement and Narrative in Illustration and Concept Art | Ape on the Moon: Contemporary Illustration
A considered use of lighting, composition and body positioning enables Morgan Schweitzer to involve an engaging sense of drama in his illustrations. A rearing
Back in September I was interviewed by Ape on the Moon. I forgot to mention it, but check it out for more blabbing about being an illustrator. Many thanks to the great folks at Ape on the Moon for the nice feature.