Monday, March 22, 2010

Showtime's Bad Girls for The Wall Street Journal



Here's a painting I did for The Wall Street Journal last week. I had to pull an all nighter to make the deadline, having only a day and a half to paint these four women . . . so, for the time given I feel good about the final result even though the entire experience felt very rushed. Of course there are always things I would have liked to have done differently if I had the time, but the "editorial world" is quite the animal, and you do what you can with what you have.



Very quick sketches done of the actresses, getting a quick feel for their likenesses.




Mistakes do happen, I'm not upset with the Journal, these things happen. If you went and bought a copy of The WSJ you may have noticed that the art printed was not my final painting. This is because they accidentally used an older file that I sent to them. While working on illustrations for magazines, I tend to share my progress, showing them how the painting is coming along. The version that printed is a "low res" jpeg, and major parts of my painting have not yet been completed and are still in the sketch stage. For example, Nurse Jackie's hair and body have not yet been painted . . . a frustrating situation as you can imagine. Here's an image of how my art looked printed in The Wall Street Journal . . . a far cry from the original.



This is how the art "should" have printed.


Showtime didn't seem to notice the printing error and actually really liked the art enough that they're going to be contacting me for some prints.

19 Comments:

Blogger Tooninator said...

EEK. They used an EARLY version. They should do a revision and print the finished version.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Wow Jason you'r a beast to have completed this in a day and a half! Congrats on the work and exposure from the WSJ, I do like the original better in terms of chroma's and values but even the one they ran with is still superb! Congrats again man!

10:44 AM  
Blogger pablo pablo said...

good work!

10:51 AM  
Blogger galvinator said...

Unfortunate they used a WIP. Fantastic work though. Really like the treatments of yer one out of the Sopranos and the skinny Toni Collette, don't know the others, sure they're spot on man!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Aaron Wilkin said...

Awesome job!!!!

11:55 AM  
Blogger savagesparrow said...

I love the expression on Nurse Jackie's face. She totally steals the painting XD

3:14 PM  
Blogger Attractive Art Community (Big Sam) said...

Good Grief!

3:36 PM  
Blogger Tel said...

That is a brilliant - doubly so given the time constraints - sad about the print, still looks bloody good though !!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Ray Gardner said...

The WSJ is quirky with their illustrations. I used to see Roldan on one page, and some awful, low rent work on the opposing page and could never figure out how they were deciding what to use.

Congrats on something like this as it will definitely be nothing but great exposure

7:32 PM  
Blogger Dominic Philibert said...

Excellent job!

12:02 AM  
Blogger Miguel Garrido said...

They are really good and more time counting the record in which it is made, a prodigious ... that speed, sorry for the accident newspaper designers.

5:21 AM  
Blogger Lash LeRoux said...

I can understand your frustrations, Jason. But I think it’s a testament to your talents that they would see your WIP as high quality, finished work.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Patrick Strogulski said...

Brilliant piece !!!

1:36 PM  
Blogger alex fine illustration said...

That Toni Collette is dead on. I've seen the show she's on and the way you distorted her face is actually perfect for that specific character.

3:30 PM  
Blogger ian said...

a day and a half?!?! I can't imagine that. Seriously good.

Ditto what Lash said about the mixup though.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Jorge Bustamante said...

a day and a half?! i can't imagine what you'd come up with if you had 2 days!

4:31 PM  
Blogger Will Appledorn said...

ha, yeah, that's the one i saw. i did think it looked oddly sketchy.

the wall street journal messes up that big, what is the world coming to.

nice work for such a deadline!

8:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

never give them a choice. ;-)

12:08 PM  
Blogger Jenea said...

Don't worry my friend! In our life are very much mistakes. :)

1:59 PM  

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