A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an interesting site called Illustration Friday, being run by illustrator Penelope Dullaghan. The idea behind her site is to announce a topic for illustrations each week. Artists subscribed to the mailing list interpret, illustrate and post up artwork on their sites. Once up, artists can submit their creations to the Illustration Friday site for all to enjoy. Pretty slick!
I immediately loved the idea, but when I encountered the site, was too busy to participate, and my ideas for the suggested topics just didn't click. So I waited.
This Monday, the new topic came in — Jazz. Now there's a topic I can feel good about, as I'm a fan of jazz. This morning at the cafe, I pulled out my Moleskine sketchbook, fired up Miles Davis' Kind of Blue on my Tungsten E and let the ink flow!
Here's the final result (click the sketch for a larger version):
My focus on this spread was to let go and let the music guide my sketch. You'll see a bass guitar at the center of the image, because the bass line was so dominant in 'So What', the track playing when I began drawing.
I wanted to try and express the feelings I had just then, hearing Miles and the crew jamming out. It felt dark and dense, hence the heavy use of black and shading. I didn't want any part of the sketch to have a clear white spot, to convey this feeling of density.
I nearly stopped on the left page, but by then 'All Blues' came on and I felt compelled to keep rolling. The right-hand page of the spread is my interpretation of the tune, if it were being captured by an oscilloscope. Top line is Miles on trumpet, middle line for the sax, bottom line for the bass. I only indicated these 3 as they felt most apparent (my apologies to the drummer).
So, there it is, my first Illustration Friday submission. I hope you all enjoy it and my description. Maybe it'll even cut the mustard on the site listing. :-)