Bird of Paradise, Trinity K. Bonet

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Bird of Paradise, Trinity K. Bonet

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Thrilled to have my illustration selected as “Winning Werk of Art” on Rupaul’s Drag Race.  I’ve made it a personal project to illustrate each queen as she was eliminated from the show until a winner was crowned. You can see the complete collection on my tumblr. http://jlbarry.tumblr.com/post/86688329356/rupauls-drag-race-season-6-top-4-and-the-winner  http://jlbarry.tumblr.com/post/84856035481/first-ten-queens-to-sashay-away-in-season-6-of

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Special Effects

Been busy making tons of art but unfortunately, it’s nothing that can be posted online yet. A couple of children’s picture books are coming soon and  I’ve been doing a lot storyboard work which is awesome.  Storyboarding is a lot of fun as it combines my interest in film technique with illustration. The ad work is all very “top secret” but a short film has already been shot so hopefully I can share that soon.

The school year is wrapping up so I’m also busy with my after-school cartooning class. Below is a handout for a lesson on “special effects”.  There are some really talented cartoonists this year and several of them have utilized these techniques to make some awesome comics.  I thought I’d share the handout for other artists (and fans of cat fights).

Speed Lines

SFX, Emanata, Breaking the Panel

Credit goes to Mort Walker (creator of Beetle Bailey) for coining the term “Emanata”.

Tuffet

A little comic I illustrated just for fun/practice/experimentation. I came up with the idea during the comics class that I teach.  The assignment was to reinterpret a well known nursery rhyme or fairy tale as a comic so I drew the rough draft during class as an example.

There’s also a new cheese/wine bar in our neighborhood called Tuffet that is really good. When the sign went up, I realized I had no idea what the word meant!

Well, now I do.

Comics Class

I’ve been very busy wrapping up the second volume of the Skyclan trilogy and the school year. Twice a week, I teach a comics and cartooning classes to elementary students in NYC. At the end of the semester, I compile all their work in a comics anthology. This group of students did some exceptional work and I just had to share!

This drawing was from an assignment where I had a number of different nouns, adjectives and situation prompts on index cards. The students had to pick random cards and design a character based on the combined description.  This was  a “dumb” “scientist” with “long hair” who “smelled something funny”. I just love this illustration!

Below are more comics and cartoons that appeared in the anthology…