David Suter, a great illustrator, inspired this study.
Suter mastered mashing multiple disparate elements to create a single dominant (if concealed) message.
The message emerged from the shape of the elements in concert, or from the nothingness held bound by them. Suterisms, they're called.
This is for a magazine story on the pinnacles and pitfalls of owning a retail space.
(Can you spot the message?)
Maybe soon I'll post the finished art; I'm not sure if it delivered on the potential of the study.
That's why I love sketches and studies. So much promise! So much life!
Jim Borgman knows this. The former editorial cartoonist is the illustrator for the Zits comic strip. The first throw-away panel on the Sunday strip always contains a pencil sketch of a scene from the body of the story. Our newspaper luxuriates in publishing the throw-away panels instead of lopping them to make space for other comics.
The same for Disney art books. I looooooove the development sketches for animated characters, so lively, so … animated! By comparison the production stills from the finished animation are so … dead and still.
Here's to our potential!