Friday, July 2, 2010

Runner's World, ESPN The MAgazine and Sketchbook Update

This is for the current issue of Runner's World Magazine. Out in Stores Now! It is part of a series called 'The Warmup' in which each issue focuses on different areas that runners need to keep in mind for their careers. Earlier editions focused on things such as traveling, breaking bad habits, prerun routines, and the flu/cold seasons.

Below are some of the sketches I originally submitted. The first sample was chosen, yet the sketch needed to be flipped and I was asked to add a few trophies in the guy up front and have the guy in the back trying to catch up to him.

The focus was on 'the competition' part, so I was encouraged to use dramatic angles. My color palette on the first sketch was inspired by the colors that were originally used in the design of the page layout.

I also had to change the clothing of the runners for the final illustration. The sleeveless shirts did not make the characters look like official runners, but more like army guys running through the mud! :)

The background shape also needed to be reduced as it was absorbing the figures waaaay to much within the layout of the page.

When shooting the reference, I placed the camera on the floor and shot the reference in three different sections. Two images where I was trying to get my legs properly positioned (my upper body held on to two chairs on the sides so I could swing myself in the air in order to get the running motions with my feet), while the other image was shot only focusing on my upper body. The same process was used for each figure. I eventually paste all of my references together in photoshop. prior to moving on to the final.

The last two sketches had very different color palettes and varied greatly in perspective, one being more cartoony and dramatic, while the last one was more straight forward with more natural coloring.

This was for the current issue of ESPN The Magazine. It was done for an article that talked about Nebraska joining the Big Ten.

The art director had the idea of having the mascots in a school environment where Nebraska is the New Guy and is being somewhat welcomed by others and intimidated by the bullies of the school grounds.

My first sketch idea (shown below) was showing 2 mascots by the lockers with really dramatic perspective showing great authority from the Big Ten.

The other sketches are different variations of the school ground bullies idea, but the last one (which focused on the cafeteria environment) is the one that was chosen. A few tweaks were needed before proceeding to the final and the image needed to be felt a bit more organic and less crowded.

After several revisions and distortions of the characters, the final piece can be seen above.

And here are just a few recent sketches from my sketchbook! Enjoy!
Thanks for viewing!



drewscape said...

wow cool. I like your personal best illustrations. angles and dynamism. running people can be rather complex to draw.

lindsaykay said...

thanks for posting your process!

LOOKA said...

Loads going there Tin! I also think it's a good thing to post all the things involved in the process.

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Raul Allen said...
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Raul Allen said...

Hey Tin,
Awesome work. Love the sketches!

Frank said...

Sweet! Would love to see those reference pics for the Runner's World pieces. ;)