11.30.2007

LA City Beat

Great Art Director. There's a lot to be said about that.



For this illustration, I used Prismacolor Art Markers and Prismacolor colored pencils (both by Sanford) on pastel paper. I used the less textured side of the paper, so I have a bit smoother surface to work on, only because I was working at print-size, which I normally don't do. The background is done with acrylic paint.

19 comments:

Aaron said...

That looks awesome, Joe. The cover as a whole looks really good!

Restrepo said...

I'm admirer oy your work. This illustration is fantastic.

stephen Silver said...

dude,
This is fantastic.

robert casumbal said...

cool! that's a great illustration of jeff... and beautiful use of the colored pencils.

Craig Zablo said...

Congrats on a not only a great caricature but a great cover!

Anonymous said...

The likeness of Jeff Bridges is so spot on Joe!
Always amazes me how you create masterpieces using different mediums.
You have Bridges with that famous sheepish grin you captured so perfectly.
When you use reference photos you can either capture him with an open mouth smile or closed mouth smile...great call here.
While I appreciate the new Hi Tech digital illustration (you're a genius at it) I like seeing "old school" mediums used.
I see photoshop used so much these days that the effects that once used to be cool are boring to me.

Ken Knafou said...

Wow. What a great look. This is my favorite cover you've done yet.

marcobucci said...

this is great work man. Great job on capturing that strong sense of ambient lighting too.

Mespind said...

Caraca, meu meus parabéns seu trabalho é muito legal...parabéns, curti muito seu trabalho.

abraço.

Francis Vallejo said...

nice to see you flex your traditional muscles man!

Jason Seiler said...

Joe, this is really, really great man! I think you found "your look" seriously man, you should go with this, I don't ever see anything like this anywhere . . . you own it man! Sweet job, your best work yet!

bog_art said...

I was about to say: I think this was made in prismacolor pencils.. great expression!!..

Faboun'e said...

Realy good ! I can't do colors on drawing like you ... It's so hard...; but I learn Here and there.. so thanks a lot

sensei said...

great cover man, say are you coming back with anymore podcasts?

Vincenzo said...

Fantastic piece...like to get my hands on a copy in NJ...Barnes & Noble? or maybe Newark Airport?

Nathan Lindsay said...

whoa this is slick. I am very impressed that you absolutely control whatever medium you touch. This is a fine piece.

Joe Bluhm said...

Thanks all.

Podcasts coming soon... this week? I'll do my best.

Vin, not sure if you can get it anywhere but Los Angeles. I'm hoping he'll mail ME one.

Rick Wright said...

WOW!!

GREAT job Joe, as usual!!

Scott Fertig said...

I think this is one of your best pieces. This is well animated even though one might consider it a "still" pose.