Sunday, November 27, 2005

Small

JazzCat2
I'm short on time this week, so here's a small jazz fan that I did a few years ago.

19 comments:

krista said...

I love him!

ValGalArt said...

fantastic! you are a talent!

ginger *:) said...

Awesome as usual. There is so much about this that captures my attention. I could spend hours getting lost in every detail. Pure pixel magic!

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Very cool--I can almost hear the raspy jazzy voice.

Corrine Nelson said...

wow this is WONDERFUL

Twisselman said...

Awesome.

Twisselman said...

Rick-
Thanks for your comments. Earlier today I had tried to post a comment to your Rhino and the Ant illustration... the one where you detail your technique. I learned about your 'multiply' blend mode for the sketch layer. Did something wrong in posting and didn't want to chance doing a duplicate post, so I left it alone. Thanks for the advice. Will try it next time.

carla said...

Superb! I don't even know where to begin...everything is really outstanding about this. Hmmm..the fur, the eyes...the jazzy cat...his suspenders with the mice (aha..a switch from whales and frogs) ...the glasses with the piano reflection...the detail...the idea! Rick, you amaze me every time. Is this all digital, or did you use more traditional methods?

Rick Lovell said...

Carla,
This is all traditional... I did this before I started working with the computer. It's airbrushed acrylics on Strathmore illustration board. I had the flu and a high fever when I did it and barely remember doing the artwork. It was done for the Atlanta/Montreau Jazz Festival; the theme is "We're the Cats that Make it Happen"

Anonymous said...

The flu works well with you :) I love the glasses the most, they have a brilliant plastic feel and the reflection is great!

a said...

fabulous illustration! You don't get any cooler than this pair. I really dig their berets, and all the other details in this piece. You've got amazing talent.

garth bruner said...

Wow, wow. I would have sworn it was digital. My respect for your talent has increased a hundred-fold!

Christine Lim Simpson said...

Amazingly awesome!

Rick Lovell said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Garth, while I appreciate the double wow, I can't help but wonder why there should be such a difference in perception of skill regardless of the medium...it's been my experience that good digital art requires comparable skill as good traditional art. The tools are different, but the artistic application of those tools remains the same. Sure, there's no "undo" command with a paintbrush, but that's about the extent of the difference. One must still understand light, form, line, color, texture, composition, etc. in order to make good art whether it's digital or traditional. And it all begins with a good idea and a good drawing, otherwise, no amount of mad computer skills can save it.
After all, the best digital artists are also the best traditional artists.

Holly said...

Outstanding! The reflection in the glasses and the smile are just fantastic. Being that I love jazz -this is a big favourite for this theme really! Cheers!

Cecilia's Art said...

hi!!, very nice!!!, i like so much!
it seems to be sth funny and jodon, ja!
take care .

inki said...

Really nice Rick, love coming here to see what's new!
Dede

Fancy World said...

Oh great illustrations here! Fabulous.

Jaimie said...

outstanding. I love your work. The singing cat also seems to have a little hunger in his expression as he eyes the mouse.