Monday, August 20, 2007

something NEW - something DIFFERENT

I've spent the last year or so really experimenting with my art... Well, i wouldn't even call it experimenting maybe, I just think my work is going through a ton of changes, and I suppose a lot of my aesthetic tastes are changing, too. ;)

This is the sort of stuff that's been creepin' out of my pencil lately,
and I've been having a lot of fun with it. It's funny, I think I've been
sorta' calling-up some of my artistic influences that haven't necessarily come out too much in a lot of my older stuff... Burton, Silverstein, TenNapel...

I have a lot of fun with the more thought-out, graphic, 'shape-based' stuff, and it's SO fun to just be loose with the ol' sharpie or even ballpoint or pencil like I love so much. But this stuff maybe falls somewhere inbetween... It's a little stream-of-conscience AND a little "rendered"... sort of a nice harmony for me! :)
Let me know what you think, I have lots more to post... including a quickie of the twins from
'The Shining!' booooooooo! ;)

Thanks for taking a swing by the ol' blog, here.


At 11:05 AM, Blogger Andy J Smith illustration said...

i think you were able to hang onto your graphic shape-based style here but the subtle pencil textures, i think, give it a lot more vitality and make it maybe more natural looking? a little softer, even if the subject matter might not be (not that it's dark). i think something like this would warm you up to the children's book art directors you've been chasing.

i like it!

At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like both styles.
I guess it depends on the project.

These are nice!

At 8:24 AM, Blogger Dan said...

these are great dagan!

you hold on to your own style, but the differences in the line, texture and detail are fantastic!!

very nice work!! lets see some more!!


At 2:57 PM, Blogger Brendan Tobin said...

Hey Dagan,

I'm in the same boat as Andy. I definitely see your own hand and sensibilities through the new treatment. It is still structurally recognizable as Dagan, but the rendering isn't as graphic. Keep playing around with it, it's how we grow as artists.

Also check out some of Edward Gorey's stuff, who was a big influence on Burton's work.


At 4:29 PM, Blogger Wynne Chen said...

very nice!!
I love the fat batman:P
And lovely kitty:)

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Brendan Tobin said...

Oooooo... you added a Batman. Cool, that IS different from your other stuff. He should lay off the doughnuts.


At 8:43 AM, Blogger chris swift said...

Waaaaa -

So nice....Quite a breakout from your current style, always great to push those boundary's.

Truly that is the greatest thing about art - just watching where it takes you - & having no control over it.

or something like that.

keep going brutha.


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At 10:48 PM, Blogger :: smo :: said...

wow dagan i like these a lot!!!

At 7:13 PM, Blogger jimmynock said...

these are very cool Dagan!!! Stepping out of your boundaries a bit. Love it

At 5:41 AM, Blogger GOGOPEDRO said...

that is what talent looks like.


At 7:21 AM, Blogger Natalie said...

I love the Batman and cat. They rock!

BTW, I'm taking over your old seat...the shift around begins at the old AC.

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

terrifying and funny:)

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Mukpuddy said...

aven't visited for awhile dude, we've just got back from an awesome trip to the states, but these are really cool!! The minniw mouse one is awesome!!

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Mick said...

good good more more of that type of thing

At 2:08 AM, Blogger Clay said...

Hey, I really liked what you drew. I have to be honest right now. I do think that you could use some shaping up, but if you keep going in the same direction, i believe you'll really be there before you know it. Keep up the good work.

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