Here’s an end-of -the-week, beginning-of-the-weekend post to show you what I’ve been up to. First up is that final illustration from my last post, only a much nicer scan instead of that cruddy phone photo I posted.
I’ve even done another spot illustration since this to go beneath it on the same page…but I purposefully cropped it out to keep it a surprise (no spoilers!)
Also, I don’t usually like to post a lot of my Trader Joe’s artwork unless it’s something that I particularly like…however, I did do a series of steak and red meat “portraits” over the past couple of days that I think turned out rather well. As has become the unfortunate standard, I wasn’t given nearly enough time to complete this enormous project that was to become a permanent fixture for the meat section. This project that was originally due “whenever” was suddenly bumped up to a Valentine’s Day due date–which was in a mere couple of days–making it yet another sign emergency to tackle while I was also scheduled on a register for three hours each day. I don’t even want to say any more about how I feel about it because that would be unprofessional, and I’m sure it’s plenty obvious enough as it is. ANYWAY despite the extreme rush job of the whole thing, which ended up being less that two seven and a half hour shifts, I still think I did a pretty good job. Here’s the group photo of the first round of steaks: Flat Iron Steak, Fillet Mignon, Top Sirloin, New York Strip, and Ribeye; all paint marker on foam core and larger than life-sized.
Five out of six of them were painted in one shift and I saved the beef brisket and the next five for the second day. Here it is with the brisket finished:
Close up of the Brisket:
Close up of the Flat Iron Steak:
Close up of the Filet Mignon:
Close up of the Top Sirloin:
Close up of the New York Strip:
Close up of my favorite steak of all and also the most fun to draw, the Ribeye:
Here’s the group shot of the rest of that second round of meat that I made yesterday; Tri Tip Roast, Steak Tips, Pot Roast, and Flank Steak:
Even after I volunteered to stay forty minutes late to work on this, I still wasn’t given enough time to finish the very last illustration, Stew Meat. I was kinda sad about that but as usual, nobody cared. Luckily another artist I work with finished it for me and it ended up looking really good.
Close up of the Tri Tip Roast:
Close up of the Steak Tips (fajita steak!)
Close up of the Pot Roast (the hardest one to do in so little time.)
Close up of the Flank Steak:
That’s all I got. Oh, and everyone happened to find the state of my desktop right now to be quite amusing and disturbing.
I’ll be an awful and lazy person and quote my own Facebook post on the subject…
Some points worth noting:
1. My choice of background image on my desktop right now and pretty much always is Rick Baker’s masterpiece from An American Werewolf in London.
2. My desktop is full of stock photos of children comforting each other because I needed some reference images for a particular pose in the book that I’m illustrating.
3. My desktop is also full of images of steak and slabs of red meat from the Valentine’s meat display project that I was just working on at Trader Joe’s. Also a few pictures of people wearing creepy paper masks and a file entitled “Brown Granny Boots” for some shoes I was going to list on eBay.
See, so it’s not what it looks like…but I think if Little Red Riding Hood stole my laptop right now, she would probably give it back.