Monday, July 28, 2008

Mr. Hristoforako’s Portrait Story

I was assigned by the magazine “Life & Style” to make a portrait of Mr. Hristoforakos for an article about the Siemens scandal. I made severals sketches with different concepts, and finally the concept with big pockets was chosen.
Most of the times I make my sketches on paper, this one was a digital drawing.

I came to an idea to do this illustration the unusual way. I printed the digital sketch light on 2 watercolor papers. While waiting for one to dry, I’d work on the other one, and use the one I like more.

I scanned both papers, and when I put one in a layer on top the other in the multiply mode, I liked the result.

After some color adjustments and a little retouching on the eyes I sent it to the art director, to show him this stage, with the idea to work a bit more on the hands and few other details, but it was decided to go as is!

I may do it for myself later on, but I am happy with the result…

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

One more portrait, one more kidnapping, one more ransom payed…

Mr. Mylonas was seized at gunpoint from his car outside his home in Thessaloniki. The ransom was payed and he was released."For me it was a bad experience," Mylonas said. "But, whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

The brief was to show him relaxed, as if nothing serious happened to him. The magazine is Life&Style. Digital illustration