Monday, August 3, 2009

Colonial America

Over the last few weeks I've been researching 18th century America for a new project I'm currently working on. The images in this post are a few resulting character studies. Hope you enjoy them!





17 comments:

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Anthony, Anthony, Anthony... OMG!!!! How fabulously delicious are these illustrations! Talk about my header, look at yours!!!!! I just want to be there! It's wonderful! Your style is a sheer delight my friend. I'm so glad that you stopped by. Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to do that. I'm just smiling from ear to ear right now. Have a great one!

Jeremy D. Evans said...

Anthony-
I really like these new colonial sketches. Reminds me of one of my favorite books "Johnny Tremain." Amazing line work - is it all pencil?

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I've posted the final painting, so check it out when you get a chance.

Jeremy

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Vanessa, you're just the best!!! You've made my day... thanks :)

Hey Jeremy! Thanks. Yep, these are all pencil.
I'm heading to your blog now.

Manelle said...

Cool, these drawings are great. I really love the drawing of the man reading. His face has such a great personality. They are all so fun.

Phyllis Harris said...

These are stunning!!! I can't wait to see what these studies are for! Please keep us informed. Your work is so masterful(is that a word?) What I mean is that your art is like that of the old masters in art! :)

Kristi Valiant said...

Woah, Anthony, you always post such stunning sketches. My favorite is the dark-haired girl. Do you use a model for your realistic linework? You're always able to capture the features just right in all your poses.

GhettoFab said...

I would love to have hafl the control with the pencil that you do....

I would own most of the galaxy.....

these are amazing

Joe Sutphin said...

Anthony, unbelievable drawings man!
right up there with Drew Struzan! you have such a way of allowing the tonal forms create the image instead of line. your fabrics are always believable too!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Wow! This means a lot to me everyone!

Thanks Manelle!

Phyllis - you are way too kind. Thanks! I don't post the sketches that don't work out though ;)

Thanks Kristi! These were actually done from memory (with general references to period clothing of coarse). You may notice the rough head study next to the sketch of the one girl. I usually do that to get my bearings and then resketch it onto the figure adding detail. Afterwards just erase the rough. I worked way too long on that particular drawing :)

Thanks Mel! You've got more than I do!

Thanks Joe! did you see some Drew Struzan in there? I hope so! His art has made a huge impression on me.

Z-Kids said...

Wonderful!

Don Coker said...

Love this series, Anthony! Great stuff.

Adam Rex said...

Unparalleled draftsmanship as usual, Anthony! I think the only criticism I ever have of your work is that your women are occasionally a little...hotter than I would make them personally. Which is hardly a criticism, but geez...that's one honey of a colonial woman.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

lol! thanks Adam! I think you do have a point, but these sketches were recently approved by the publisher. I'm afraid I'll have to suffer through drawing her this way for a while ;)

Julia Denos said...

Oh my gosh! Anthony, it's like walking back in time. Really beautiful, there is so much life in these drawings...

Carla Gade said...

Wonderful illustrations!

bee rown said...

hi im bee would you do a drawing for me? you see im writing a story of a girl turn cabin boy I cant draw well but I wanted a side by side comparison because many people don't under stand how a pretty girl could hide what she was by losing the corset and cutting her hair

RAGHURAMAN U said...

Your drawings are wonderful