I've been spending the last week and a half really experimenting with style for my book. This character painting is the result of my many attempts at playing with texture, graphic shape and line work. I've really been trying to channel a bit of Al Hirschfeld, which is hopefully evident.
I've been incubating this project for a while now, and have had the characters developed since the Summer of 2011. The image below represents early development sketches for this accordion player, which is taken from an earlier post that you can see here.
It's interesting looking back at this older work because I feel I've improved upon the design of the character so much. I elongated his pose, widened his belly and tapered some of his features overall. Looking at the evolution of my thinking and abilities is always fun (and hopefully encouraging), but it always makes me think - "How would I do what I just did one year from now? Two years from now?" It's a vicious cycle, I suppose :)
Hope you enjoyed looking! Happy weekend, everyone!