daniel krall

Been re-listening to the fantastic audio versions of Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law series while I work in my studio. Took a break to do a quick drawing of the entertainingly vicious, Ferro Maljinn. If you’ve never given it a read (or listen), give it a shot! It’s a slow burn up to a point, but over the course of the three main books the characters and the world they operate in become so rich with texture and humanity. Loads or surprises and rewards! Give it a go!

My final piece for…
An art show Daniel Krall is heading up located in the Julian Allen Gallery @ MICA!
Show opens March 28th, go check it out if your in the area!

I will have prints of the at Emerald City Comicon this weekend in Seattle.
Exhibitors table 1404! Come say hi :)

carolinemartin  asked:

one thing that i love and find consistent about MICA alumni is their use of color. whenever i find an illustrator who just uses color in the most amazing ways (such as yourself!), they've usually gone to MICA. i'm wondering: was there a class that you can recall that really challenged you to use color in the ways that you do now? a professor who made it click for you? do you have a way you pick a color palette that is pleasing to you? thanks!

When I attended MICA, one of my professors was Daniel Krall (danielkrall.tumblr.com) whose fun shapes and colors were really inspiring to me as a student. (I later taught at MICA for 4 years. They’re a great bunch!) :) I have always loved using color in my work, but learning about color theory and complementary colors provided a solid basis for decision making. The majority of the pieces I draw use one or more sets of complementary colors (or, less-commonly, other color theory schemes–analogous, tertiary, etc.) but I think my colors started getting a lot better when I realized the importance of varying tone and saturation within a general scheme. If EVERYTHING or NOTHING is saturated, nothing has impact, and if there isn’t a nice range of lights & darks then colors don’t have much depth & visibility. That’s why I started doing grayscale tonal sketches, to make sure I have good contrast before moving on to the coloring stage. The more you look around at what’s possible and get comfortable trying different things yourself, the easier it gets (just like anything else!)


Bar Tabs

It’s the weekend, so here’s a collection of some of the “Bar Tabs” pieces I’ve done for the New Yorker over the past year! They each accompanied a short review featuring an interesting place to have a drink in the city. From top to bottom: The Happiest Hour, 67 Orange Street, Loosie Rouge, Kilo Bravo, Standings, Sunrise Sunset, Threes, Tropical 128, The Duck, and Stay Classy New York. Thanks as always to my AD Deanna Donegan, and the New Yorker!

Now go out and have a delicious cocktail! It’s Saturday!