Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Cross Bronx




My amigo, Ivan Brandon, asked me to illustrate a pin up for his new hit Image book, Cross Bronx! One of the characters bears a strange resemblance to ol' Ivan himself! Hmmmm... My drawing isn't exactly Ivan, per se, but he's got that little smirk Michael Avon Oeming gives him. It's a pretty hip comic book! You should definitely check it out!

With this pin-up I really wanted to capture that New York feel. Guys like Jamie Hewlett have a knack for creating believable environments for their ultra cool cartoony characters. That's sort of the angle I was going for here.

A very fun experiment and my favorite part, you ask? No RULERS were harmed or used in this drawing!

23 comments:

Carlos Ruano said...

Nice urban ilustration for a early moorning here in Barcelona.

-Tony said...

nice! i'm really loving the painterly looseness you've got going on in the background. very nice stuff, Dan!

Jesse said...

I am digging the subtle color.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Nicely done. Great atmosphere too.

Goobeetsablog said...

nice.
I like the sense of light.
mid morning or late late afternoon


looks good
-brian

ruralbarbarian said...

It pains me to admit that I like this. I would like to see a wee bit of texture on the top of the hair, though. It's a kind of dome-looking.

UrbanBarbarian said...

RURALBARBARIAN: Good point. I'll fix it up and re-post it.

UrbanBarbarian said...

Ah... Much better! Thanks!

ruralbarbarian said...

Is niiiiice!!! Now just remove that distracting PANOSIAN box.

Ryan Cody said...

great! Ivan and Mike should be very proud!

Rapp said...

I have nothing obnoxious to say (mark your calendar!) so I'll just say nice job, Dan. Very cool.

Craig Zablo said...

So cool!

UrbanBarbarian said...

RAPP: Wha...?!?!? You're up to something, I just know it!

Jeff Durham said...

Looks really good, sir. I dig what you did to the background. I would go so far as to say that you don't need the person in there, if he wasn't the main subject of the pin-up, if you know what I mean.
Death to rulers! Who needs 'em? Human lines are better.

UrbanBarbarian said...

JEFF: My wife said the same thing! And I've learned that she's always right! And, yes - human lines are always better!

Germán said...

yeah, that background is great, love the shapes, the texture and of course the bloom. Show us more urban landscapes!

Bobby Chiu said...

Nice style!

Gerald said...

Congrats on the pin-up gig, the lighting is amazing. I did those buildings in the back!

Alina Chau said...

awesome, I love the lighting too!! beautiful!

UrbanBarbarian said...

GERMAN: I love urban landscapes, but no one loves them more than Bill Wray! Check out his blog: http://williamwray.blogspot.com/

BOBBY: Thanks! Just saw some of your work featured in that great PS Painting magazine from the UK! Way to go!

GERALD: Thanks!

ALINA: I'm trying!! Thank you!

St John Street said...

Killa mood!!!

Fabio Lai said...

I love the light effect trough the trees, a really inspired atmosphere for an awesome pin-up ;)

Samuel Michlap said...

wonderful urban ink.
Love the design of detail vs empty areas.