Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ken Grossman Portrait for Worth

I got this new Hero fountain pen from China, a reproduction of an old, hook nib, artists nib pen, and used it for the first time to illustrate Ken Grossman, the CEO of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, for Worth Magazine. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The "Jerry Garcia" of Arizona Politics - Mark Brnovich

I illustrated this psychedelic portrait of Attorney General Mark Brnovich for the Phoenix New Times, because, evidently, the AG followed the Grateful Dead, back in the day.

Art Director Peter Storch suggested we illustrate him to look "extra groovy, so I gave him some "Greg Brady" hair, muttonchops, and a eye popping tie dyed background. I get all the fun assignments!

After the cover published the AG's office called to say Brnovich thought the portrait was funny. Glad to hear he has a good sense of humor!

What a long strange trip it's been, indeed!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pen and ink portrait time lapse video

Pen & Ink portrait - timelapse from Graham Smith on Vimeo.

A 2 minute time lapse video of the creation of a pen and ink portrait form start to finish.

I'm lucky to illustrate the 20 Questions interview feature in Worth Magazine each issue. Sometimes I film myself drawing. Over time, I've streamlined the inking process, see if you can see how I "cheat" when inking portraits on a deadline.

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