Now that it’s April I might as well share how I wrapped up March!
Ten Paces and Draw’s monthly mixtape (art inspired by a fantastic music) featured a heaping amount of awesome. March was the month of Nancy Sinatra and Queen! So the above image is my take on Killer Queen.
You can see all of the other great interpretations here.
Okay here is anothe illo for Ten Paces and Draw. It was actually a fashion swap, but the costume that I got to draw was so unconventional (you will see when you go to the website) that I couldn’t just draw a pretty girl with a lovely dress.
So it became a kind of sea monster who disguises as a coral to catch cute fishes.
It doesn’t fit in the slideshow of the fashion swap though. Sorry! But it was fun again, as always.
I did a drawing for this fun illustration project called Ten Paces and Draw after I saw them featured on Illustrationmundo. Every week, they have a different theme and you submit a sketch. They all get put into an Illustration Hat, jumbled around a bit, and then fed out to all the illustrators who submitted to take to finish. You only get 48 hours or so between when you get your sketch and when the final is due, so it keeps things nice and light.
This week’s theme was “world culture” and through pure coincidence, I got my buddy Derrick’s sketch of a tanuki laden tree, which I promptly made weird and creepy. I submitted a sketch for a portrait of Ann Druyan recording her brain waves for the Voyager Golden Record project (admittedly, I had the thumbnail for this sitting around gathering dust; a rejection from another project) and you can see the results here.
Oh my glob you guys! For some reason I forgot to mention that a month ago, I did a piece for Ten Paces and Draw’s Character Redesign project for Adventure Time! I chose LSP as my first piece, because, glob you guys, she’s totes tops!
And I LOVE when Jake freaks out on her for wearing high-fashion trash!
That was the hashtag that the super rad MICA student, Jon Stollberg, chose for the swap his class did with a few Ten Paces & Draw artists!
Each Maryland Institute College of Art student was paired with a professional. We created our sketch based off of an insane/amazing/unreasonable hashtag from popular social media and then did the usual Ten Paces swap!
It was super fun to see what everyone came up with so I strongly suggest you check out the two sections worth of imagery here & here!
Here’s my piece for this week’s swap on Ten Paces and Draw (which is now one year old!). It was a fashion challenge, and super fun. Be sure to check out the new and improved Ten Paces and Draw website, it looks amazing!
I was deeply saddened over the loss of Maurice Sendak, like most kids I’m sure, “Where The Wild Things Are,” was one of my favorite books growing up. I remember getting it at the library with my first library card, I was always drawn to the books with big, big illustrations. So anyway when the girls at Ten Paces & Draw asked me to illustrate something for a Sendak tribute post, I jumped at the chance to be apart of it.
I didn’t really sketch it out, I just put the pencil to the paper with a general idea and this is where i landed. I went with the idea of Max but I did a gender swap, much like Natasha Allegri’s gender swapped Adventure Time characters. I just wanted to have a very somber looking Max holding the boat that she comes to the island on.
Click here to visit Ten Paces & Draw to check out other Maurice Sendak tribute drawings.
I’ll be offering prints of this piece eventually because I know a few people on instagram (I’m @dannybrito on there) asked for it.
Check back tomorrow for some progress photos of this piece! as well as a few other surprises.
This week I got to participate in a project between Ten Paces And Draw and The Maryland Institute College of Art! 20 artists were paired with 20 students and each swapped sketches based on the theme Hashtags. My partner was Leah Maloney who gave me #TuxedosForNoReason and I gave her #HipsterPets. Check out everyone’s pieces here!