This is the cover illustration for "Clear Moon, Snow Soon", a book I illustrated in 2001. A lot of things came together for me during the making of this book. I've always loved this piece, and, since it's so close to Christmas, I thought it was a good time to show it again.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I was asked if the Santa image from my previous post was painted digitally or conventionally, (music to my ears). I painted it digitally — But that it doesn’t have an obvious digital look is a compliment I’ll gladly take. Years ago I wrestled with the idea of using the computer as a medium for painting. Back then the time I spent on each of my paintings grew to the point that this wonderful career of mine was starting to feel more like a job and less like an artistic endeavor. I needed to find a way to keep my enthusiasm and spontaneity up and number of hours spent on each piece down.
The computer seemed to be just the ticket.
Since going digital my painting skills have improved dramatically. I tend to take more chances and explore more options because of the flexibility painting digitally affords, which translates back into my conventional painting.
Bottom line? It doesn’t matter how you get there — as long as you get there. And the fact that I can paint digitally, have my images look as if they were created conventionally, and get a little more sleep — is all just icing on the cake.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Friday, June 1, 2012
I'll be reading and signing my book Jump! at The Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson this Sunday, June 3rd at 2pm. I'll also talk a little about where the inspiration for Jump! came from and the process of making it into a book. Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
I received my advance copy of Jump! Which means it wasn't just a dream. All those late nights working on concepts and paintings really happened. And I'm very happy about that because Jump! turned out to be such a fun book. I can't wait to see it in bookstores and do signings with it.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I'm gearing up for the Tucson Festival of Books happening this weekend. I'll be part of a panel on Sunday the 11th. So, if you're in town, stop on by. Visit my web page guyporfirio.com for more details on my appearance. Or visit the official Tucson Festival of Books site at http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/. This is an amazing event folks. There is always so much to do, and so much to see. And on top of all that, the weather will be perfect. So if you like books... stop by and check it out.
Monday, January 30, 2012
And just like that... I'm done with my book. Finished, finessed, corrected... and delivered. I had to pull an all-nighter to bring it in on deadline. Started at 5:30AM yesterday, and finished at 10:45 this morning. But, like everything else in life, this too gets better with age. I don't know why, but working through the night was not that difficult. I hope this doesn't become a trend. But now that I've delivered my book to my publisher, I'm left with an odd feeling. Is this what mountain climbers feel like when they finally reach the summit? "Well then... that was nice, let's go get a pizza?" It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes: "It's the road, not the inn."
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I had "The Pixar Story" on in my studio a couple days ago while I worked. Movies help me stay put in the studio on the days that I find it hard to stay put in the studio. I'm pretty sure all creative people involved in creative endeavors wrestle with this sort of thing from time to time... Even Rembrandt, I dare say. The difference is, Rembrandt didn't have access to Netflix... and I do. Anyway, The Pixar Story turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. I found it very inspiring, and felt particularly vindicated when John Lasseter credits Pixar's movie success to the fact that Pixar makes the kind of movies that they, (the directors and animators), themselves would want to see. Or, to apply it to my own work, paint the kind of pictures I would want to see. The moral of the story? Be yourself, and work from the heart.