A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to produce a new piece of art to be used in a series of prints to accompany the release of the new Tomb Raider game (which just came out this week).
Obviously I said yes because otherwise this would be a pretty meaningless blog post, and also: it’s Tomb Raider. Whatever you might think of the later games, if you’re my age (early thirties since you ask), you probably played the first games - and the overwhelming memory of making lara swan dive into pools/caves/etc informed my illustration.
You can find this print on sale at two pop up shops that are happening in NY & SF this weekend alongside pieces by a REALLY great roster of artists - Victo Ngai, Kyle Smart and Sam Wolfe Connelly amongst others.
Apropos of nothing, but I was chatting with a friend and fellow illustrator this morning about initial sketches and it reminded me that I had this image sitting on my hard-drive.
This is the rough process for my North By Northwest illustration for Gallery1988 earlier in the year (a handful of copies still available here - and with a seasonal discount!). You’re looking at my inital scribble (probably about 1” high), rough photoshop sketch to get balance of color and final art. There were more stages in between, but these I think best sell the process.
I’m a big fan of looking at other artists sketchbooks (Chris Ware and Paul Hornschemeier have both had lovely collections published). It’s a great insight into the creative process and can show an idea from it’s inception on the back of a diary page to a finished illustration. I shall be making the effort to post more sketchbook work in the new year - apologies in advance for clogging up your timeline…