Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
I was commissioned to create a painting for Theory Brand Agency in Salt Lake City, Ut. Their client lives in Sonoma County, California and has a story behind how he could not get olives trees planted into his property due to size and weight.
This piece was designed to have a classic illustrative feel that you would see in vintage wine and olive oil ads. Beige and tan background give the painting a feeling of age with hints of browns at the trunk level and greens at the leaf level to imply the balance of earth and fauna.
I used willow blanches and willow leaves to stipple ink onto the surface to give a sense of light and dark patches to represent depth of field in the main body.
It was a great project to work on and I enjoyed collaborating with the owner of Theory Brand Agency, Jolene Smith. She is a creative powerhouse.
Acrylic on Masonite w/Ink 18" x 24" - Olive Tree
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I hired colorist Lacey LeBlanc to color a copy of the commission of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I did a month ago. She did it in Copic Markers and it turned out phenomenal.
Prints are available for purchase email
garrick@deanillustration for pricing ans sizes.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I was commissioned through a Comic Book Commission website I use to create this image of the 1980's icons the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
This was a fun project to draw because I love the characters, each one has a unique attitude and look and bringing that out in a black and white pinup was a challenge.
You can see at the bottom I do thumbnails for clients to approve and then move into a graphite stage and then the full inks.
If you are interested in commission work you can go to
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Monday, January 12, 2015
I have been invited by the Utah Arts Festival to help participate in their Masquerade Charity again this year. (I have previous posts in January of the past two years if you want to see older entries)
I love creating these masks for the Festival, it is a charitable event and all proceeds go to help the festival survive. The have a gallery opening on Friday the 16th at the Utah Arts Festival HQ in downtown Salt Lake City if you happen to be in town.
I collaborated with my girlfriend Jolene Smith for the idea on the masks.
The two masks form one heart when placed together, but separated they are broken. The female (left side) is passion and life and love and is naive to the loss that is about to happen. The male side is sad and lonely even in the relationship he is done and wishes to move on and he weeps because of his silence, but he loves her so much.
Title: I'm Giving Up On You
Title: Say Something
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I was commissioned to help design a new character called "Dracoman"
I started with rough thumbnail sketches of the character in different poses
Once I found a position I liked I rough out a sketch on 11" x 17" Bristol Board
The final image was inked with Micron Pens and I added the name for fun.
Ink on Bristol Board
Monday, December 22, 2014
I was commission to draw a 11" x 17" illustration for a woman that wanted to show her game avatar meeting her boyfriends avatar at the final level of the video game Destiny.
The bottom picture shows the reference materials she gave me to use and draw from. I did the piece on 11" x 17" comic book bristol board. It is graphite, ink, and Prismacolor pens.