Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Corporate portraits in graphic style

 I rocked some portraits of the business executives at Dow Corning for T. Rowe Price financial planning magazine PlanLink. I worked closely with Art Director Jon Zerivitz and developed this clean, limited pallette, retro, graphic style to illustrate these portraits for their current issue.

Dow Corning executive portrait for T. Rowe Price by Graham Smith

I develop a new portrait style for each issue, have a peek how I illustrated the portraits in the last issue of PlanLink.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dr. Wright Lassiter cover portrait

Dr.Wright Lassiter for HealthLeader's magazine by Graham Smith
 Sometimes you just get lucky. Art Director Doug Ponte assigned me a famous Doctor to draw. It turns out, he looks like a rock star! Thank you, illustration gods.

Illustrating portraits is so much easier when the subject has a great face - and Dr. Wright Lassiter has a really great face to draw. The HealthLeaders magazine cover article probably won't mention that. I think, Dr. Wright Lassiter is famous for building and administering next generation hospitals. All I know is I could keep drawing this guy forever!

Detail: Dr. Wright Lassiter
The fat lines are made with a #8 round brush and the skinny lines are quill pen - the kind you dip in ink. The background textures are India ink, rolled onto paper with a brayer.

I drew the sketch at about 150% of print size, on Strathmore 50lb sketch paper with an ebony pencil. Drawing geeks like to know that kind of stuff.

Anyways, this guy was so fun to draw, I hope he gets even more famous, so I can draw him again.

Detail: pencil sketch of Wright Lassiter by Graham Smith
Pencil sketch of Wright Lassiter : Graham Smith
 Dr. Wright Lassiter looks so good, all I had to do was leave room at the top for the name of the magazine!


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