“Making It” is a Documentary about the daily struggles of making a living, staying creative, and making it all up as we go along.
Holy Hot Keys!! Editing is going swell. We’re almost picture locked. Which means, No More Changes Woody and Tony. Looking forward to adding some soundtrack tunes, mixing the audio, color correcting, and rerecording some narration. Lots still to do, but I can see the light at the end of the long dark art tunnel.
Brian Ewing’s latest.
Illustration demo of Brian inking a piece. Check it out. You might learn something.
Video made by: Brian Ewing
First time filming one of these. Experimenting with time-lapse. I’m working on a piece for the a group show titled “The Royal Couple ” that will be opening on January 6th at the Get Up Gallery located inside of the Emergency Arts building in Downtown Las Vegas.
To see more of my work - http://www.brianewing.com/
Song - “No Hits” by Black Mountain
Largely inspired by SKINNER for being such a cool dude and an inspiration.
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So I was chatting with the lovely Justin Oaksford yesterday, and he casually asked if I used photo reference for my recent Rolemodels piece- not as a bad thing, but because the pose and the camera angle read well. Pretty sure I grinned like an idiot when he brought it up because, goddammit, I’m proud that the work shows! I’ve felt like my work has been somewhat stilted as of late- I could feel myself subconsciously trending towards easier angles, easier poses, easier expressions just because it’s slightly less frustrating for my brain to process- so getting that confirmation from a colleague was pretty damn satisfying.
I think there’s a tendency for artists to take pride in being able to draw out of your head, and, while that’s an admittedly important skill, what’s actually important is what that skill implies- it implies that you’ve internalized reference. That you’ve spent so much time looking at the world around you, studying it, drawing from it, breaking it down, that you’ve amassed an extensive mental library that you can draw from. You are Google reborn in the shallow husk of a human being.
But heck, the world’s a big place- what are the chances that you ever get to a point that you’ve internalized all of it? Internalized it AND ALSO are never going to forget it ever? Probably no chance at all. Sorry buddy. So rather than bemoaning the fact that we don’t have impenetrable search engine cyborg brains- yet- you sure as hell better still be using reference to fill in/refresh those empty shelves in your mental library. You shouldn’t have worm-ridden books about dinosaur anatomy from the 60’s in there. Stegosauruses with brains in their tails? CLEAN THAT SHIT OUT.
So my general process for using reference of any sort is:
- loose thumbnails and brainstorming. If you have an idea, get that raw thing- unadulterated in it’s potential shittiness- onto paper. Good art is a combination of both instinct and discipline, so you don’t want to entirely discount those lightning strikes of brilliance. Or idiocy. Happens to all of us.
- research and reference. Start gathering and internalizing whatever reference is pertinent to your piece- could be diagrams, art, photos, good old-fashioned READIN’, whathaveyou. Please note that this doesn’t mean find one picture of a giraffe- this means find tons of photos of giraffes, read about giraffes, understand giraffes, and learn how to incorporate that knowledge into your art with purpose and intent (Justin uses the word “intent” a lot so I’m stealing it). Don’t blindly copy what you see, but understand how to integrate it in an interesting and informed manner.
- studies and practice. Could be lumped in with the previous step, granted, but it’s worth reiterating- if you’re drawing something new, it’s worth doing some studies. You discover things that you wouldn’t otherwise by just staring at them. It’s weird how I’m still learning this- “Gee golly, six-shooters are way easier to draw now that I’ve drawn a ton of them!” Yes wow Claire BRILLIANT. Gold star.
- go for the gold. Finally, I’m sure it goes without saying, you integrate all of that research and knowledge into your initial thumbnails. If you learned something about anatomy, or fashion, or color, or butts, now you can drastically improve your original idea with this newfound knowledge. Also, per the images above, this is also your chance to improve on the reference- photos are a fantastic tool, but trust your instincts. Cameras can’t make informed decisions.
…So that’s my soapbox- it’s pretty easy, and it’s totally worth it. Research and reference lets you stand on the shoulders of giants- it lends legitimacy, specificity, and allure to your work that wouldn’t be there if you were just drawing out of your head 100% of the time. To put it simply- it makes your work ownable. It makes you stand out.
It makes you a better artist. :)
Rivet is proud to present Horror Business - a solo exhibition featuring the work of Brian Ewing. This show will encompass new and old limited edition screen print work by the poster artist as well as an exclusive colorway release of his vinyl sofubi toy "Shub Zeroth" with Meta-Crypt.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 7-10pm with the artist in attendance. The exhibition will be on display through November 30.
MORE INFO HERE
There will be a lecture and Q&A with the artist to close out the exhibition. Please stay tuned for the date to be announced.
Visit the artist Facebook page: Brian Ewing Official Nerd Club
Poster set for @Weezer and @TheWalkingDead
Edition of 100
Signed & Numbered
4 PRINTS TOTAL
AVAILABLE ONLY AS A SET
MORE INFO HERE
4 ltd edition screen prints I designed for Robert Kirkman and the Walking Dead. I got to kill the band and reanimate their corpses for a private show at comic con. There’s a cool interview with Scott Shriner talking about it HERE.
If you made it to the Skybound booth then you were able to pick up the red and black colorways. Or maybe saw how some folks posted them on ebay a few minutes later as they were selling for $100 a pop. (Grumblegrumble) I also had a few copies of each colorway at my booth for sale. Now that they are sold out I’m making my colorway available.
I based all the colorways on the band’s albums that were titled “Weezer” - Blue, Green, Red and Make Believe. I’m a nerd…
I also posted the autograph poster, and the red & black colorways to view in my shop but they are not for sale. Solly Cholly.
Big thanks to the band, Skybound and Vannen for this awesome opportunity!
"MAKING IT" is a Art Documentary about the daily struggles of making a living, staying creative, and making it all up as we go along. The Documentary features three Illustrators, Andrew Bawidamann, Eric Fortune, and Brian Ewing.
Brian Ewing’s roster of clients ranging from Metallica and the Warped Tour, to The Strokes and Death Cab For Cutie, and even The New Yorker, is a testament to what a truly prolific gig poster artist he is.
Andrew Bawidamann is best known as a modern master pin up artist and entrepreneur. Andrews work has broad based appeal from everyone to military enthusiast to science-fiction fantasy fans.
Eric Fortune, first gained recognition through his illustration work for Playboy and countless book covers. Transitioning from print to the gallery scene, Eric has redefined history as one of the most sought after artist in the pop surrealism scene.
"MAKING IT" follows Woodrow Hinton, an Illustrator and Professor, as he interviews these three artists about art school, business model, and the day to day struggles of living as a blue collar artist. Woodrow’s journey as an artist, and his relationship with his friends, begs the question: "What does ‘Making It’ mean?"
Music by: Billy Alletzhauser and Kevin Carlisle