My style of illustration requires relative attention to perspective, light, and shadow—even if it is forced upon improbable figures and forms that can only be dreamed up in the dark, uncharted corners of one’s mind. Anyway, when I set out to establish my style, I purposely incorporated such attentions to keep my illustrations somewhat technically challenging as I knew this pursuit would endure and evolve for years to come.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about the air a bit and exploring what’s known as "atmospheric perspective." The greater the amount of dust, fog, and other molecules stirred up the air, the more faded and dull objects tend to look as they recede in the distance. This piece I recently completed for an audio/video components calendar really shows a thicker, more dense atmosphere than usual. It fondly reminds me of a clear, hot, sunny day in southern California with a fair amount of CO2 emissions floating in the air. The look really helps the composition as it pulls the background buildings back and forces the foreground characters to pop up front.
On another note that is reflected in this piece, I’ve also had an interest in illustrating robots with clear heads. I know—weird.
See full post here: Illustration Life2008-12-09.