Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Here's an oldie, but a goodie. This was a sophomore illustration project; the medium was colored pencil, and the theme was "music." I chose to illustrate the Delta blues musician Robert Johnson, and his legendary deal with the devil. For those unfamiliar with the story, you can check it out in this Wikipedia Article. It's a great folk legend, and one whose theme still echoes in pop cultural consciousness.
Only 2 photographs exist of Robert Johnson, so his likeness had to be pulled from those couple of grainy images. The image of devil came from Voodoo descriptions of the African trickster god, Legba. The representational symbol for Legba is carved onto the devil's guitar.
This was one my first attempts at illustrating in colored pencil. While it's definitely not my medium of choice, the whole exercise was pretty helpful in honing my color sensitivity.