Literary Illustrations

Here are some illustrations inspired by various works of fiction. It’s a graphic collection of the things that I have been reading for the last six months. The series is quite eclectic so far.

These digital paintings are mostly from my imagination. I tried to reference physical objects that I had lying around the studio when dealing with the complexities of the human form and drapery. This meant drawing from plastic mannequins and modeling in front of a mirror with my old college graduation robe. I tried to keep myself from using photographs but I had to cheat a bit and use Google Images for things like horses, ravens, and Quidditch sets.

Isserley from "Under the Skin" by Michel Faber, 2001.

Isserley from “Under the Skin” by Michel Faber, publication date: July 16th, 2001.

Hermione Granger from "Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling, 2003.

Hermione Granger from “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling, 2003.

Cho Chang from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling, 2003.

Cho Chang from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling, 2003.

The Wall from "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood, 1986.

The Wall from “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, 1986.

Notes from museums in Washington D.C.

I stayed in Washington D.C. for three days and was overwhelmed by the art collections within the city. Sketching inside each museum was difficult. I didn’t want to linger too long on any one particular piece for fear that I would miss out on the many other significant works of art on view. Perhaps another 3-4 weeks in town would have helped me digest all that I saw.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The Phillips Collection.  Portrait of Madame Augustine Roulin and Baby Marcelle, 1888. After Vincent Van Gogh.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The Phillips Collection. Portrait of Madame Augustine Roulin and Baby Marcelle, 1888. After Vincent Van Gogh.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The Phillips Collection. Renoir Luncheon of the Boating Party (Detail), 1880-81. After Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The Phillips Collection. Renoir Luncheon of the Boating Party (Detail), 1880-81. After Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Rembrandt van Rijn self-portrait, 1659.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Rembrandt van Rijn self-portrait, 1659.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Bust of Louis XIV, 1700.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Bust of Louis XIV, 1700.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Little Dancer aged fourteen, wax statuette, 1879-1881 by Edgar Degas.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Little Dancer aged fourteen, wax statuette, 1879-1881 by Edgar Degas.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. The Reading GIrl by Pietro Magni, 1861.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. The Reading GIrl by Pietro Magni, 1861.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. National Portrait Gallery. Bust of Andrew Jackson by Ferdinand Pettrich,1836.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery. Bust of Andrew Jackson by Ferdinand Pettrich,1836.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. National Portrait Gallery. Abraham Lincoln plaster life mask by Leonard Wells Volk, 1860.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery. Abraham Lincoln plaster life mask by Leonard Wells Volk, 1860.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. National Portrait Gallery.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery. Undinea, 1884 by Chauncey Bradley Ives.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. National Portrait Gallery.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery. The Spanish Dancer, 179-82 by John Singer Sargent.