1/3/11

2011 - Hello again!




Well, 2010 was a pitiful year for blog posts. Sorry about that. It was a challenging year for me, having spent it (and the tail end of 2009) in a studio job. Fortunately for this blog, that little adventure has come to an end and I am back to working for myself, which means more regular posts, and most importantly, a return to full time illustration.

I've done a few book covers already, but I can't show anything quite yet, so I'll have to make do with some sketches, just to get things started.

Like most sketches, these were mostly made to figure something out- either a technique or whether or not I like a new pen, but every now and then I'll come up with a good one and forget what it was I was testing. I have one of those on my desk now, which I plan to take to a finish. I've even gone so far as to do a proper color comp, which I rarely did in the past. We'll see how it all turns out.

So, for 2011 I will be doing a lot of drawing. And while not necessarily a resolution, I do hope to improve my work in 2011, especially in the areas of color harmony and composition. I want to break some bad habits and work harder in the early stages of an illustration, so that I don't have to lean too hard on Photoshop. You really can't "fix it in post", so to speak.

Finally, for any original art collectors out there, I have an auction up for a Supergirl cover. I have a few more left and will be selling them off in the coming weeks.

As always, thanks to everyone who stops by this blog. I hope you all have great things in store for 2011.

Joshua

28 comments:

meefoonay said...

Nice! I really like those first two pieces. The dragon is awesome. Hope you have a great 2011, and look forward to seeing more here.

Estlin

Oskar Iglesias said...

Welcome again!!

SKETCHFro! said...

I look forward to the beautiful pieces you'll create this year!

Jeffrywith1e said...

I hope we get to see more of the blue eyed girl in your third picture here. What a great looking character she is!

SaintAegis said...

Great to see you blogging again. Really missed seeing your work for the long while =)

Scott Forbes said...

Beautiful sketches, Josh! I particularly love the brush work in the first one.
Happy new year, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2011.

Harry Dalkins said...

Looking forward to some great art and insights from you this year!

Joshua said...

Thanks guys! I'll do my best to come up with some good stuff and keep this blog lively. I'm glad you guys have stuck around.

Chris said...

The way you draw eyes and lips continues to blow my mind ... in a very good sense! Very glad to hear there will be more updates this year.

Joey Majdali said...

Love the sketches. And I'm glad to see you posting!

Rafael de Latorre said...

Awesome!!

fairygen said...

Great to see you back again! For those of us where the auction price is already out of our reach, do you have any plans to refresh the shop on your website with some more sketches?

Adam Hannick said...

So glad you're back!

Dominic Bugatto said...

Lovely stuff.

Munchanka said...

Wow, excellent work! This is definitely a blog to follow!

Kareaux said...

I'm glad you're back!
I love your art.

Brian said...

Looking forward to seeing what comes off your drawing board in 2011.

Thony Silas said...

Always worth waiting for their posts. Wonderful!

esmilodonte said...

happy 2011!! gran trabajo! saludos desde Margarita island Venezuela!!!

Peace and be nice dude!

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@esmilodonte

nlombardo said...

great way to start off the year!
your heroines remind me of miyazaki

Romulo said...

Amazing that some of these were just testing your new tools out! They're sooo good! Looking forward to the time when you can post those book covers you mentioned.

John Haycraft said...

Hi Joshua, I am bemused that for one so young, you show a fine appreciation of classical line. Your work reminds me of the great Arthur Rackham. Well done.

Tasli said...

Lovely as always. Its odd, but the new year is inherently exciting, as prospects of getting better and having new adventures seem within reason.

Can't wait to see what you come up with in the coming weeks and months!

Joshua Middleton said...

Thanks again for the nice comments, everybody. It is indeed a new year, and while a one digit change in the year shouldn't really matter, somehow, it often does. I suppose any sort of landmarks in time are useful to take stock and reassess the path you're on. We'll see what it brings.

And a special thanks to you, John Haycraft, for somehow mentioning my work in the same sentence with Rackham, though I don't know that I'm all that young. I stopped by your site and really enjoyed your work, as well. I love good architectural drawing and design, and your other watercolors are equally nice with a spontaneous energy.

More art soon!

Joshua

Zac Dozier said...

Glad you're back! I'm looking forward to any and everything you have in store.

Bade said...

great... welcome back!

cloddd said...

i'm patiently waiting for "Sky between Branches".
i love it.

helpfulharry said...

I'm totally jazzed that you're back in the game. Definitely my favorite ligne claire artist in the industry, I can't wait to start putting your art in people's hands again!