Today the folks at Bloomsday unveiled the Official 2018 Bloomsday Souvenir Poster. Once again it was designed and illustrated by yours truly. This is the thirteenth Bloomsday poster I have created and the twelfth in a row. Not that I'm bragging but… well, yeah, I guess I'm bragging.
I'm very pleased with this year's illustration. Things were a bit slow this winter for SIGMA, so I was able to take my time and really put together an outstanding effort on the illustration. Though it's never my goal to create a photographic image (if that were the case, I'd be a photographer instead of an illustrator), nevertheless, several people have asked me about the "photo for the poster" and whether I "ran it through a filter" to make it look like a painting.
The truth is that this poster is an illustration created digitally, as all my illustrations are, using Corel Painter software and a Wacom Cintiq monitor.
Like most realist illustrators, I use photos as references only to keep me on track regarding proportions and shadows. I refer to them like I would models in order to create a likeness. So the final image is not a photo manipulation, but is in fact an honest to gosh illustration.
I'm not insulted by those whose first thought is that I used photos as images. I actually think it's quite a compliment, suggesting that I have done a good job creating an illustration reflective of, but not bound by reality.
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