ART AS IT IS CREATED...
WOODCUT ART STYLE-- BEHIND-THE-SCENES
This original work of art (in
the woodcut art style) has been commissioned for an Indie
release, acoustic CD. Seemed like a simple thought and somewhat
of a quickie...until the actual work began <g>. That's
when I realized that the simplistic woodcut art style is kind
of the opposite of a baroque approach (it's like going from
a six string guitar to one with only three strings). Hmmm...
this is going to be interesting.
"In the Weeds" © Chris Eisenbraun 2004.
Click here to go to the beginning of
the behind-the-scenes stuff.
Click here for a close-up of the woodcut
here for a close-up look at the graphic design, CD packaging,
Click here to get to the fine
art studio drawing gallery page.
Updated Oct. 10, 2004: There was a BIG gap between putting
the artwork together for an initial proof and then going back
to finalize things (4 hurricanes = one heck of a gap <g>).
Something was missing from the cover art. Sometimes the theory
of a design is fine but bringing it into the real world is
another thing altogether. This was such a case. Everything
worked GREAT, except the cover. Once I put the design into
the plastic case, I knew it wasn't done. So I went back and
played with it some more. Now here we are, four hurricanes
later, and NOW it's done :)
Posted Aug. 28, 2004: I've included this note for those curious
about how the entire package turned out. Links above run the
gamut, from fine art close-ups to the graphic design side
of the website and close-ups from that perspective. You have
options, and options are a good thing :)
Posted Aug. 28, 2004: It feels good to get another one done.
BIGtime. I drew up a quickie for the back end, but that was
more like drawing clip art (no big deal). The main work went
into the cover art for the CD. The really cool thing? It means
that there is a frameable piece of fine art to go with the
deal. Very cool. It is VERY rare that I do anything up fine
art wise for a commercial art endeavor. So, instead of doing
a painting...I did a pen & ink for Gary instead <g>.
I'm sure the painting will come along eventually. Right now
I'm in an inking mood :) Expect to see another one started
next weekend sometime! Seven baby! That's the new number.
Posted Aug. 02, 2004: I have a prerelease copy of the CD to
listen to (when I'm working on CD cover art I like to play
the CD throughout the entire process so I can keep in tune
with the musical vibe <g>). So far this is the third
start on the drawing. Ink is unforgiving and I started with
the guy the other two times (and messed it up both times).
The initial sketch was done the old fashioned way, the copies
were made on my homemade light table (one of the advantages
of being both a commercial AND fine artist <g>). I NOW
know that I have to rethink my approach to the fine detail
areas (the guy and the wheat field). Oh boy. This is a LOT
harder than I thought it would be... I think I'll work on
the sky for a bit <g>.
Posted July 21, 2004: This is one of the very rare, commissioned
works of art in the fine art gallery (commercial graphics
is another thing entirely <lol>). This work of art is
being crafted for display on an Indie
release, acoustic CD. The request: black and white artwork;
rural, rustic, simple; include a scythe and wheat field. So
the thought "woodcut style art" came to mind. Seems
simple enough....so I went out on the internet and spent the
evening gathering TONS of examples to choose from. When I
was a kid I think I did some woodcut engraving but
that was once AND a VERY long time ago <g>.