Seminar illustrations

In order to avoid paying fees for images I (or others) use in seminars, I’ll often create my own.  Here are  a few examples:

Sometimes I need something bold, but photorealistic:  Einstein is an example

einstein

Other times, I just need a simple animal design

cat faceSometimes I’ll take a common image and create my own clip art such as the microscope below

microscope

Regardless, it’s best to think about the labor of the person who created the images.  If you are charging for a seminar, please be sure to pay the appropriate fees to the appropriate artists.  Otherwise, consider doing as I do and create your own.

 

Thanks!

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WV South Magazine Illustrations

Here are a series of Illustrations I did for a series of short stories published in WV south magazine.  They all were part of a running P. G. Wodehouse inspired rural serial called “The Fledge Chronicles”.

 

The final inks really pop out the bully up front.

 

First draft (actually submitted that way)
First draft (actually submitted that way)

 

Ben Gray...deer/dear slayer
Ben Gray…deer/dear slayer

 

Heck Agog!
Heck Agog!
Let's see if this works!
A challenging pose, but I liked the outcome!

Thanks to S.D. Smith, the author of “The Fledge Chronicles” for giving me the opportunity.  Incidentally, you should check out his site: Story Warren to see the many ways he’s fostering a community of art and imagination.

 

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I am man!

Malki! nearly always induces laughter when I read him.  He has clearly demonstrated the man/woman dynamic in his latest strip.  Check out  Wondermark.  Such funny stuff!

 

I nearly even broke a SWEAT.

 

Also I’m adding a new link to a webcomic called The Dreamland Chronicles. Give it a chance and you’ll like it.  It’s a fantasy adventure  webcomic that  found for the first time today.  

Joshua Duncan and I are plugging along on our webcomic and expect to have things up by mid summer.  

 

-RQ

Some VFO preview art

 

I’ve been talking about VFO in the last few posts and hope its left all six of my readers wondering.  Well, VFO is a webcomic that Josh Duncan and I have been working on.  Sometime over the summer we plan to have some stuff up and running, but right now we’re just plotting

Here are some more sketches of characters.  I’ve already talked to a certain writerly fellow about this art and it will soon be changing.  But, these pictures do match the “feel” we’re looking for.  Also, since all will change, I’m not really giving anything away.  Until later faithful readers

 

-RQ

 

 

Several character sketches, all of which will be cast aside.
Several character sketches, all of which will be cast aside.

 

 

This character is central to the plot and will dramatically change his looks before all is said and done.
This character is central to the plot and will dramatically change his looks before all is said and done.

Prelim Sketch

Hey folks!

As I said last post, there is a mystery project coming this summer between me and josh duncan at his blog.  It is called” VFO” (some of you know what that stands for).  I can’t give any great detail, but it will involve some new art directions for me and be a lot of fun.  Here’s a prelim sketch of some scenery.  Remember this is preliminary stuff like the first sketch for SD Smith.  It’s exciting for me to do some artwork that will move in a direction that is both challenging and fulfilling for me.

 

RQ

 

A prelim idea for a diner exterior
A prelim idea for a diner exterior

Refining the product

Hey folks!  Just wanted to post the changed design elements in the illustration.  I fixed the bully’s butt.  I wish I could have said that for real while in high school.  Anyway, his posterior was formerly at an impossible angle so I lined it up better.  Also, the two frightened characters are standing against the wall as promised.  I left the bully’s arm and head oversized because it just seemed to give a greater sense of danger.  Also, I’ve framed the picture by forming walls, a window, and a ceiling.  Thanks for reading!

RQ

This has a more cohesive feel to it
This has a more cohesive feel to it

A work in progress

I thought for my first post after coming out of hiding should show the way a concept comes together for me.  This piece is still in process, so this post will only be able to bring us to where I am now.

I was contacted by Mr. S D Smith to make a new illustration for the newest edition of “The Fledge Chronicles”.  I read it, and as always, I laughed much.  I wanted to capture a scene in the story where a fight is just about to break out.  It happens in a diner.  For some reason, Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks” Came to mind.  Below is the preliminary sketch alongside Edward Hopper’s famous original:

Yes, they really start out this bad!
Yes, they really start out this bad!
Here I moved the bully into the diner, but it just wasn't working.
Here I moved the bully into the diner, but it just wasn’t working.
Much happier with the redesign.
Much happier with the redesign.