Tyler Jacobson

Happy 4th!!!

I thought this would be a fitting post for today. I recently completed 6 illustrations for a Men’s Journal article on our military special forces units. These JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) members are the guys who got Osama bin Laden. This was a fun project from start to finish. The AD and I both agreed it would be great to paint these images in a similar way to the G.I. Joe box art we both grew up with in the 80’s. It was very nostalgic. You can find the article in the July issue of Men’s Journal. Happy 4th to all, especially all those serving in our armed forces!!!







MicroVisions!!

I was asked to participate in the Microvisions exhibit at the Society of Illustrators. The small 5″X7″ pieces will be exhibited at the Society and then auctioned off for the Society’s Student Scholarship. They have raised upwards of $15k with the Microvisions over the past few years. I am very honored to be involved and I had a great time working on my little piece.

I am out in Seattle and can’t make it to the exhibit but if you are in New York City certainly drop by the Society and check it out.

MicroVisions!!

I was asked to participate in the Microvisions exhibit at the Society of Illustrators. The small 5″X7″ pieces will be exhibited at the Society and then auctioned off for the Society’s Student Scholarship. They have raised upwards of $15k with the Microvisions over the past few years. I am very honored to be involved and I had a great time working on my little piece.

I am out in Seattle and can’t make it to the exhibit but if you are in New York City certainly drop by the Society and check it out.

Ground control to Lt. Gagarin…

April 12th 2011 was the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight. That man was Yuri Gagarin, soviet cosmonaut, and his ship was the Vostok 1. I thought I would do a little portrait for the occasion. It has been a while since Gagarin made that first amazing trip and many have followed in his footsteps. Gagarin died in 1968 when is MiG 15 crashed during a training flight.

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Ground control to Lt. Gagarin…

April 12th 2011 was the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight. That man was Yuri Gagarin, soviet cosmonaut, and his ship was the Vostok 1. I thought I would do a little portrait for the occasion. It has been a while since Gagarin made that first amazing trip and many have followed in his footsteps. Gagarin died in 1968 when is MiG 15 crashed during a training flight.

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BRUCE!!

GROOVY!!!!!! So I want to get some more portraits into my work seeing as I have done a few lately for commissions. This is a little work in progress of just that, which I have been working on in my spare time. I am really a movie nut so I want to do more film oriented portraits from some of my favorite movies. We will see what comes of these. I am not sure if I will do caricatures for the other images but I couldn’t help myself on this one. Plus I have never really done a caricature. More to come on this….hopefully soon

BRUCE!!

GROOVY!!!!!! So I want to get some more portraits into my work seeing as I have done a few lately for commissions. This is a little work in progress of just that, which I have been working on in my spare time. I am really a movie nut so I want to do more film oriented portraits from some of my favorite movies. We will see what comes of these. I am not sure if I will do caricatures for the other images but I couldn’t help myself on this one. Plus I have never really done a caricature. More to come on this….hopefully soon

Dragon 397 and a little process….

Recently I did another cover for D&D’s Dragon Magazine, Issue 397. The scene depicts the True Priests battling their corrupted brothers in the defiled holy temple. Jon Schindehette was AD on this and as always it was a pleasure working with him.

For this post I thought I would include a little process or step-by-step on how I approached this illustration, and pretty much how I approach all illustrations. I start with a super rough thumbnail keeping it loose. There were a few others, but I just included the one I went with. I usually do a little value or lighting comp over these thumbnails as well, but on this project I was working a bit fast to hit the deadline and I skipped some of my usual steps. After the tight pencil I normally do a full value comp and a fairly rough color comp. I basically lay the colors I am after over the image in Photoshop so I can see where I want to take the finish. Then, magically I paint the finish! Ta Dah! I would like to post an actual timelaps painting process video, but that will have to wait until I can figure out how to do it.
Cheers! Dragon 397