Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Facebook Fan Page

My brother-in-law is also an illustrator and were are currently having a little friendly competition with our FB fan pages. The first one to 300 fans gets to take over the world! If I reach world domination I will only use my powers for the good of all human kind. In other words, I will NOT bombard you with lots of status updates to read. I promise to post only the best and most current work. I spend the majority of my time on this planet creating art for others to see and enjoy. I have got some really good stuff I'm working on and my Fan Page will be the first place to show it.

All I need you to do is to become a fan if you are not already AND to suggest fans by clicking the "Suggest to Friends" link below my profile image.

Jay Montgomery Illustration Fan Page

Thank you!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Robot Dilemma Process

What's on the easel now is a acrylic grisaille with oil color.

Thumbnail base idea.

Tighter sketch, but still did not like the girl.

After a pencil tight I did a value study in Photoshop. Better girl but still not right.

Acrylic grisaille on yellowish base with only black paint and no highlights. I also fixed the girls pose a bit to show the bomb behind her back more visible to the viewer not the robot.

Oil coloring process.
This is about 2-3 layers in the sky and one layer on the robot and ground.

More to come.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Served with Southern Hospitality

For the past 6 years I have had the honor to do the main trade show image for the Hinman Dental Meeting. The largest dentist convention in the USA held in my home town of Atlanta. Every year we come up with a new concept on basically the same topic of continuing education in Dentistry. This years theme was Quality Continuing Education Served with Southern Hospitality. So I had the idea of showing a server with a serving dome in a southern type home. They wanted to include all sorts of native trees, and a porch with a rocking chair. At first the image seemed simple enough to illustrate. But there were lots of depth and layers to the piece that needed to all work together and it proved to be more complicated than I imagined.

After doing a scribble sketch at a meeting with client. I started building this in Photoshop using mainly shape layers. Knowing that the layers would be moved around to come up with the best composition. This composition proved to be to complicated with too many panes and needing an opening in the porch railing.

This was better but it was hard to tell that the server was inside the house. Plus the hand look like it had only three fat fingers. The angle of the fingers were a challenge to show all of them naturally. See the final hand below. The plate that the serving dome is on is in the shape of a circle and triangle which is the main part of the dentistry logo.

Final approved illustration. Notice the Hinman logo was used as the cuff-link.

To add pop to the image I slightly blurred the background. All elements are on there own layer. I also added a very subtle texture.

Let me know what you think?