I am available for freelance illustration, storyboarding, sketch art, and concept art in Print/Advertising/Entertainment companies in the Los Angeles area (in-house) or anywhere across the globe (remotely.) I accept fine-art commissions only as my schedule allows. I do not accept tattoo-design commissions. // jawcooper@gmail.com

July 22, 2010

Local Fauna

On page 11 of this weeks LA Weekly! Pick up a copy today!

The original concept for this piece was "Wild Angelinos." I wanted to show the wildlife of Los Angeles (pigeons, rats, raccoons, coyotes...etc) going about their business much as we do, dressed up in suits, dressed down in flip flops, walking their pet cockroaches and so on. Working with Jason the idea evolved into charicatures of different types of LA citizens represented as animals; "Local Fauna." I wanted it to look like a vintage scientific illustration.

Final:


Original thumbnail, so you can see how rough I sometimes start:


Process: Sketch, final drawing, and halfway through the painting (done with sepia washes, before any color.)
*THIS DRAWING SOLD*


As always, a big "thank you" to art directors Jason Jones and Darrick Rainey!

And finally; this tall drink of Swiss mountain spring water is the lovely and exceedingly talented Danielle Buerli. She is moving out of the country in only a handful of days so I made her a friendship-headdress out of soft faux leather and wire. Here she is wearing it at Sturtevant Falls. Shomako forever.



12 comments:

Porsche S. DeadEyes. -_- said...

Nice! Reminds me of the Wind in the Willows :) Love the head dress! Looks all indigenous american and scenes, I did a native drawing once, looked kinda ... not too realistic.. lol. But 3-D is always fantastic.

Roxy M said...

lmao, the best one so far dude! Love the bager thing on a cell phone! :D

heather chavez said...

I love your headdress and the painting, you are a very inspiring person :)

heather chavez said...

I love your headdress and the painting, you are a very inspiring person :)

CECIL B DEMENTED said...

I like the racoon in a suit.. great character designs... hope we see them in animated movies or something!! Great work :)

twchrist said...

Thanks for posting your process, it's super helpful1!

Tom said...

I love it!

J. A. W. Cooper said...

Oh man, thank you so much guys!

Roxy, ha ha YES! The Opossum "Beverly Hills soccer-mom" with Louis Vuitton spots is my favorite too!

Casey Samulski said...

Is it possible to pick up a print of this somewhere? I saw it in the paper and immediately wanted it hanging in my living room!

Sanna said...

SWTT YOU!

Sanna said...

I mean SWEET :D I can't write!!! :D Sorry beauty!

J. A. W. Cooper said...

Hey Casey, I've just started accepting print requests on a case-by-case basis. See my new prints blog here:

http://jawcooperprints.blogspot.com/