Monday, April 10, 2006

Illustration Friday topic: "Speed"

I've known about this site for a while now, but now that I'm blogging a bit more, I figured I'd finally go ahead and take part in Illustration Friday

Basically they're a site (similar to Sunday Scribblings ) that assigns a topic every week and you can either do an original piece of art for their topic or use an existing piece that you've done that applies. I'm going with the latter this week as I'm trying to get some art done for the children's book I've written and plan to pitch in the coming months. I'll try to do original pieces when I can, but I want to start taking part too, so, here's my piece for the topic "Speed."



It's an image that's also on my website originally done for the FANTASTICALLY well-written ongoing comic book series Rex Mundi that I worked on for a couple of issues (14 & 15) last year. I left the book on my own after feeling that comic books weren't what I wanted to be doing right now. I'd become very good friends with Arvid (the writer and creator of the series) over the course of working on the book and he and I still chat often (and I also have the cool privilege of proofreading everything before it goes to press nowadays (a fun little behind the scenes assistance that I still get to take part in). Anyhow, for those of you interested, Arvid best describes it as "A quest for the holy grail, told as a murder mystery," and it's top notch! He's been putting the book out for almost 6 years now and he just announced the very exciting news that it's moving from Image Comics to Dark Horse Comics later this year. Both companies are great, but DH, from what I understand, has a bigger, broader distribution and more of a presence in bookstores so I really couldn't be happier for my friend and his awesome book.

Oh, and lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I used my friend Steve Murphy as a model for this piece. He was a great model when I photo'd him and I know he pops his head in here and peeks around from time to time (everybody say "hi Steve!" :) He's also a talented artist himself and maybe one day I'll convince him to get a website and blog of his own going!

Anyhow, thanks for stopping in!

Jim

12 comments:

Pati @-;-- said...

Hey! Great illo.

Rectite23 said...

this is awesome!

Kaya said...

Great illustration, real feeling of action, very speed-y!

Rampian said...

"A quest for the holy grail, told as a murder mystery"--wow, I have to check it out. The grail story and its relationship to the tarot deck, to the storylines of some of the best films and books, endlessly fascinates me. And murder mysteries---well, they're just juicy.
Wonderful piece, Jim. The wall of bones sends shivers up my spine.

Sweet Pea said...

I love the sense of dramatic movement in your work - very nice!

Laini Taylor said...

This is one of my favorite panels from Rex Mundi, though there are so many more and I'm having such fun with the whimsical drawings you've been doing of late. Glad you're going to do illustration friday -- can't wait to see what fabulous drawings you'll come up with!

Suzan said...

Love this! Great perspective!

Roz Foster said...

I've always thought the catacombs would be a great place for a fight. And what a fight it is! Great action shot. I visited your site, as well, and--whoa!--you've got some very impressive stuff under your belt.

Alexandra S said...

I'll show you speed Jimbo---arooni! I'm on the way over now to swipe some art from your studio for my walls. As always, wonderful, amazing illustrations. Rex Mundi was very lucky to have you illustrate for it. And I am very excited to see all the new directions your imagination are speeding off to! But don't travel too fast- you don't want your imagination to get a speeding ticket..notice how 'speedy' I am making up ridiculous sentences with the word 'speed' stuffed into them. Lastly, you were very speedy this morning trying to think up so many possible password combos. I'm sure that the first one was right but that N. speedily departed my head when she realized she was being neglected. Signed, Speedy Saperstein

Jaimie said...

That guy's in a tough spot. Great composition. I'm glad I stumbled upon your site.

Alexandra S said...

Today is a new day and people await a new post. Hop to it!

Chrissie A said...

Very dynamic illustration...I really like the limited color palette--very effective. Nice job!