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I was recently commissioned by Victor Ng of Melbourne law firm Markwell to create illustrations for their website. Victor’s idea was to move away from the generic imagery that’s often associated with lawyers (e.g stock photos of businessmen shaking hands etc) and go for something different and distinctive.

Each image illustrates a heading “Bulletproof Branding”, “We speak human”, “No hourly rate, No surprises” in a style inspired by superhero and EC horror comic art. Attention was paid to bold line work and saturated colours so it would contrast well with the colour scheme and grid like layout of the site.

Check out the illustrations on Markwell’s home page
http://www.markwellip.com.au/

Bulletproof Branding

Bulletproof Branding

We speak human
We speak human

No hourly rate, No surprises
No hourly rate, No surprises

I’ve included the preliminary sketches for each illustration. The whole process was digital with the sketches and final ink created in Manga Studio. Colour was added in Photoshop.
Bulletproof Branding sketchesWe speak human sketchesNo hourly rate, No surprises sketches

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Paper Wings Wacom Challenge final 02This is my entry for the Paper Wings Wacom Challenge.

Title: Weird Austen Tales
The brief was to create a piece inspired by a quote from a famous artist. There were three quotes to choose from and I went with “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery” by Jane Austen.
You can now see my entry on the Paper Wings website where you can begin voting on it in a few hours. If you like it and want to vote just click the Facebook “Like” button. I appreciate your support.

Check it out here:
http://www.paperwingspodcast.com/2011/07/weird-austen-tales-by-crosby/

Development Process
Paper Wings Wacom Challenge sketch 01Paper Wings Wacom Challenge sketch 02
My first idea was to have Jane Austen surrounded by ghouls and monsters. The Elivra lookalike is trying to interest Jane in her manuscript. I scrapped this idea once I thought about doing it has a 1950’s horror comic inspired by titles such as EC’s Weird Fantasy and Tales from the Crypt.
Paper Wings Wacom Challenge sketch 03Paper Wings Wacom Challenge sketch 04Paper Wings Wacom Challenge sketch 05
Here’s my first attempt at inking it, using sable brush, brush pen on bristol paper (and plenty of white out). I tried to show the severed hand writing her name but it didn’t fit into the space.

Paper Wings Wacom Challenge sketch 06Paper Wings Wacom Challenge sketch 07The final inked drawing cleaned up in Photoshop and converted to a bitmap.

Paper Wings Wacom Challenge colour artwork
Played around with various colour schemes and eventually went for cool colours in the background with warmer colours up front. Then used this excellent tutorial to achieve the mis-registered old comic look.
http://jonnycrossbones.com/tutorials/how-to-color-like-a-little-old-lady/

Paper Wings Wacom Challenge final detailPaper Wings Wacom Challenge worn paper
For the worn paper texture I made my own “black paper” on my laser printer, then repeatedly creased and crushed it and scanned it back in.

Paper Wings Wacom Challenge logos and typeVarious logos and type I recreated for the cover. All the elements were then assembled in Photoshop.

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After Kirby

by Eddy on July 14, 2010

in comic,sketches,traditional

Jack Kirby sketch 03
Jack Kirby sketch 01
Jack Kirby sketch 02
These pages are from a new sketchbook. I want to keep practicing with brush and ink and chose to copy some classic Jack Kirby panels. I have always loved Kirby’s work and his dynamic drawing is ideal for letting loose with the brush.

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Comic Strip

by Eddy on March 28, 2010

in comic,traditional

Four panel comic strip
My first attempt at a four panel gag strip. I have always procrastinated about doing some sequential art so I thought that would make a good theme.
Sometimes artists can get a little too precious about the tools they use. Having said that I must add that this was drawn on detail paper then hand lettered and inked with a PITT brush pen.

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