Magazine Cover Illustration Idea
SOCIETY HAS PERISHED.
ALL THAT WAS IS OVER.
ALL THAT IS KNOWN IS STRANGE
IN THE DYING DAYS OF GALGOTHA IV,
ZHANG CUIDADO ENTERS THE CITY.
This would be a collection of essays based on the provocative lines in Shakespeare's "King Lear. Such as:
Have more that thou showest,
Speak less that thou knowest,
Lend less that thou owest.
KING LEAR 1.4. 230
I created this Mother's Day illustration and I thought it would be fun to 'shop it into an unlikely place. A subway train partition.
Hope everyone can hug or call their mother on Her Day.
To all those who have received money requests on my behalf. I was phished and my e-mail got trashed. You can reach me at email@example.com.
A meteoric legend has passed away, leaving behind an awesome trail of spectacular illustrations that depicted mythic heroes doing battle with twisted monsters spanning the cosmos. Whether he was laying down masterful brush strokes enlivening the flesh of sexy heroines or creating whole worlds of bizaare beasts, Frank Frazetta practically invented the swashbuckling pathos that defined the best of science fiction illustration. He was a creative volcano that erupted in a stale visual landscape that was the 50's. What young man, gazing at his brilliant planetscapes dotted with chaotic fight scenes, didn't want to journey to his fantastic worlds?
His work inspires me to no end and I'm thankful his influence will live on.
This sample is from his book, "Rough Work", that catalogues just a few of his thousands of pencil roughs that would become illustration classics.
I did this illustration with the idea of it being for a pop band with Southern roots.
I had a bit of fun imagining, then inking (MUCH INKING) just a single page of what might be a Tarzan story. In this instance, the actual plot is not nearly as important as the look.
How cool would it be to have a budget to pull off a full blown book?
I recently had a nice long interview (60 minutes) with Marting Lindeskog who runs EGO, his blog out of Sweden.
Martin did a neat job of guiding the conversation around to all my favorite subjects: the creative process, the Cox and Forkum days and what it's like running my own blog.
You can catch it all here, funny lisp and all.
This is the June cover for Allen Forkum's "Automotive Report". Camille Oubre, the art director, did a wonderful job of nailing this one. This kind of colaboration is particularly interesting in that I had no idea how Camille was going to work out the spray painted type. I just furnished the sprayer guy, she did the rest.
In June's "Automaotive Report", Allen and I whipped out this toon for Buster Mcnutt's humor column. It's in reference to the wicked flood that hit Nashville, which happens to be the home base for this paper.
I find Memorial Day a somber, introspective sort of holiday that requires acknowledging our soldiers' ultimate sacrifice; yet, it's a time to enjoy the fruits of the very things they held dear: Strength, Loyalty, Courage, Honor.
America will always be worth protecting as long as we are worthy of peace.
Have an inspiring Memorial Day.
John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.