Running Around
posted: June 11, 2009
sample of mine for direction preferred by the art director....
It was a smaller illustration, not a full page, but it kept me redoing sketches. An illustration for Runners World, which I thought was going one direction went another. The same subject with a different spin seems to be the challenge with this part of the magazine. At least that is my take on it. The subject is of a runner, in this case highlighting training for strength. The art director, Marc Kauffman, wanted a graphic(not painted) approach. He had picked an image I had done before as a guide to what might work. It was a vector piece from my website. Well I ended up going with more of my brush and ink approach. Here's the sketches, and final. In the end patience, and perseverance, we got there.
"Strong like Bull"...
no banana - too much beef...
Picks #4, but wants a different face....
Face is too round, also alter the chain for the text to flow around....
Finally the finish!...
Alex Nabaum June 11, 2009
Breaking the chain like a finish line tape is a great idea, and of course the drawing is solid as ever.
Richard Downs June 12, 2009
Doug, Nice piece and a great concept. Your top sketch reminds me of the Italian futurist sculptor, Umberto Boccioni.
Jim Paillot June 12, 2009
This certainly says training for strength! The chain idea is great. The limited palette is so strong.
Zina Saunders June 12, 2009
Good stuff and I love the chain, too.
MtnDweller June 12, 2009
I like the sense of passion of struggle. Nice job.
Leo Espinosa June 12, 2009
I want to sculpt that awesome bull!
Christoph Hitz June 12, 2009
I love the 3 color pallet and in particular the use of white in the final.
Cathleen Toelke June 12, 2009
It's always fun and interesting to see your beautiful drawings and your progression to the final solution. Good one!
Doug Fraser June 12, 2009
The final art seems quite simple without some background context. I've seen other illustrators work, and scratched my head wondering about their sketches.
Paul Rogers June 12, 2009
Always a pleasure to see your drawings Doug. That first one brings to mind Tron for some reason.
Mark McBride June 13, 2009
Its the only thing that bothers me about this field...The art director is like that saying...The customer is always right. Well in this case I think he was wrong, the painted application would have been much better. But I guess thats just me being selfish wanting to see Doug do his thing. Still its not that bad. Sketches rock too.
Mark Fisher June 14, 2009
I vote for #3. great form.
Mark Gervais June 16, 2009
I agree with Leo. Your stuff would be great as sculpture, Doug. Start smelting that bronze.
Chris Whetzel June 16, 2009
Chain=genius: obvious only after you see it. That bull is pretty sweet, too!
All images copyright Douglas Fraser