Originally commissioned by Attitude magazine to accompany a short story written by Jason Charles. This will be one of the pieces from the forthco… Read More
Originally commissioned by Attitude magazine to accompany a short story written by Jason Charles. This will be one of the pieces from the forthcoming exhibition entitled "Attitudes" at the Copper House Gallery, Dublin, which will run from the 13- 29 of June. Read Less
The first pencil draft had him holding a towel but it was droppped before inking. I felt the silhouette of the torso was clearer without it.
I was never satisfied with the reflected face so I redrew it entirely for the exhibition. The eyes are now clearly fixed on the man in the mirror which was not the case before.
The story opens with the main figure brushing his teeth in the mirror whilst watching his cellmate. The client did not want it to be immediatey obvious that it was a prison cell so I used colour only to suggest bars.
I tend to keep any airbrushing to a minimum as I feel it can often clash with a clean ink line. Here it felt right and suggested some depth to the picture too.
The story is very evocative of what it feels like to be in a cramped and uncomfortably warm space. Anatomical details from the narrative are picked up in the artwork.
The final, full page illustration complete with amendments.
As it appeared in print. The great art director at Attitude always picks a colour from the illustration for the lead type. I love his use of white space here also.