WIP: Hanson Illustration
I have a little confession to make: I am a Hanson fan. Yes. THE Hanson. Mmmbop. Remember? They still exist. They’re still singing. And with over 15 years of music practice under their belt, they’ve become this great indie pop-rock band. Really.
Not convinced? Check out their latest video. And try not to dance a little.
To make it a short story, I won a meet & greet pass for their Montreal, Feb. 11th, show. Eep.
But I just couldn’t go there without anything to give them. So I picked up my pencils and started making a cute little illustration for them.
First challenge; I wanted to give them an original drawing. Sure, I could have done my painting in Photoshop, but I really wanted to give them something that was hand-drawn. For some reasons, I think it has a little more value than something you scanned, worked on and printed. Althouth I must say there are some awesome digital art, out there. I just have a thing for original drawings.
Also, if I would have made the drawing in Photoshop, I would have needed to get a good print of my art. So making a digital art piece was just a little too risqué for me as I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough time to finish it. I work full-time, had a school workshop to organize during this same week and had less than 10 hours to work on this piece. So time wasn’t on my side. :p
My idea was to draw them, just like the way they are on their latest album’s cover, but with a more cartoony style.
The paper I chose was a 9″ x 12″.
Just to make sure I had enough surface to work on. I did the sketch with a regular HB pencil.
I first applied colors on Taylor (which is the “character” on the left.) because I am right-handed and it’s a way for me to not ruin the colors as my hand always pass on the paper.
Then I started working on Isaac.
And, finally, Zac. As you can see, his eyes were wide open on my drawings. But at the last minute, I decided to close them a little, more like on the cover. It gives him a “cooler” look.
Then I colored their clothes, added a grey background and Voilà!
I must say, I really like how I drew and colored their shoes. I loooove drawing shoes.
Oh, and I sketched the black drawing on the logos/signs a little more because I liked it this way rather than being all black. So, yes, I took some personnal artistic decisions. :p
Did Hanson like my drawing, when I gave it to them? Seriously, I don’t know. :p The meet & greet went so quickly. I gave the drawing to Isaac, but he didn’t say anything. I am guessing this is because I didn’t leave him enough time to take a look at it carefully and bombarded him with the things I wanted him to sign. :p This may very well be my fault.
But, you know, in general, I think they liked it. I sure did!
And, one thing I know, is that the fans I showed it to loooooved it. And that makes me glad.