Saturday, February 23, 2008

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick, for The Weekly Standard. Got a call to do this job late Thursday afternoon. Worked a bit on it Thursday night, final due on Friday . . . all in all took me about 12 hours to complete. This quick of a turn around pushes me in many areas, definitely a challenge woth the while.

Just wanted to also remind folks out there that my second online course for Schoolism starts April 3. Check out the Schoolism Blog to see students work from this semesters course as well as other Schoolism courses.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Online art classes open for registration on Schoolism

Online art classes open for registration on Schoolism:
Character Design by Silver - March 25, 2008
The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler - April 03, 2008
Digital Painting Techniques with Bobby Chiu - March 25, 2008
Coming Soon...
Storyboarding with Kris Pearn
Drawing Fundamentals With Marcelo Vignali

VISIT OUR SCHOOLISM BLOG to see our students work

Here's a little sketch of a pug I did for a Christmas present this year.

Just a reminder for those in the SF area, we'll be at the WONDERCON this weekend. Table AA93-95

Friday, February 15, 2008

Life Drawings and Wondercon Feb 22-24!

Hi everyone,

Every week, I've been tagging along with Bobby to his life drawing classes here at Sheridan College, and currently they are focusing on costumes. Here are some from this week that were really fun to draw. Hope you enjoy!

These range from 2 - 10 mins.
18 x 24 in, pastel and conte on manila paper and newsprint

Also an announcement for those in the San Francisco area...
Bobby Chiu, Thierry Lafontaine, Stephen Silver and I will be in San Francisco February 22-24 for the Wondercon. Bobby, Thierry and I will be sitting at tables AA93-95. I'm sharing my table with Bill Presing. Love his work!
Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Subway Sketching and Pen Drawings

Here's a bunch of sketches. The yellow ones are from subway sketching and the rest were done on my recent trip to France. It's subtle but I think my sketches changed a bit during my time there.

Some people ask me why the yellow paper...
No reason. I found a stack of old yellow paper in a drawer and didn't want it to go to waste.

Monday, February 11, 2008

"LIFE" by Silver

I wanted to give a quick update and let you know that the March 25th character design course with schoolism is almost filled, just a few spots left. Also I wanted to let you know that my new book "LIFE" will be shipping at the end of this month, you can preorder it right now through my website. I have done a limited run so it will only be available through my website and any conventions I will be attending. My first convention of the year will be Wonder Con in San Francisco on Feb 22nd. So be sure to stop by and say hello.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sketch for Business Week

This is a quick sketch that I just did for Business week. They wanted something very loose, sketchy, and washy. Very similar to a Billy Joe that I did a while back. They also wanted a darker palette. The sketches below the final sketch were done in prep for the job, trying to come up with a concept or idea for the drawing. They wanted to show that this guy is headed for a tough year. I right away thought of the roadrunner cartoons and thought it would be funny to have him leaping off a cliff . . . turns out they wanted something much more simple and even less detailed, more loose, more sketchy. It's fun every once and a while to do something quick and loose. BTW, the final was done with a BIC ballpoint pen, with a few washes of watercolor . . . drawn in my sketchbook.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

from France with love.. Angouleme 2008

The Town of Angouleme

Before going to Angouleme, we didn't know too much about this festival except for the fact that it's one of the largest comic book fests in Europe. When we arrived and started to learned more and more about this fascinating town, it started to seem like this place was a dream come true, that we were wisked off into a magical wonderland of a comic book world! Every person in the town not just appreciates art but truly loves it! In every shop, whether it be a clothing store, a bakery or a dental office, they would have their favorite comic book characters decorated all over their place!

In the center of town there is a giant bronze sculpture of their town hero, Hergé, the creator of Tin Tin! That just shows how much this whole town revolves around art and literature.

An amazing site to see.

One of the many adorable shops we saw.

The town is covered with many fun murals..these are just some of them.

A night view of the city hall area (its the big castle on the left.)

One of the alleys in the main resturant district-- The Moroccan resturant we kept coming back to for their couscous!

The Show

The humble population of 50,ooo of Angouleme quickly grew into 250,000 as the festival started, attracting people from all over Europe and North America. It was inasane, you just have to be there to experience it all...

..the people were sooo nice, the food was nothing but the finest, freshest quality, the air was pure, and the art was simply divine. It's one of the best trips we've had, and we can't wait till next year.

If you want to see some videos from the festival here's a link. (Its in French, but you can really get a sense of how the event went.)

And stay tuned for some journal sketches and our adventure in Paris!!