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Sharing the page…

In our latest collaboration projects, Maryanna and I (aka Eagle & Wolf) have been working on the same page together. This is a departure from how we originally started collaborating, where Maryanna would hand me he part of the work, which I would scan and work on within the computer. I’ve really been enjoying this method of collaboration.

This piece is a gift for my Grandmother’s 85th birthday. I rendered the hummingbird while Maryanna created the floral environment. Maryanna worked her pastel and charcoal magic to tie everything together. The present was very well received.

This drawing is a wedding/housewarming present for a two friends who married earlier this year. They recently moved out of town, so we wanted to give them something to remind them of Portland. Maryanna had the idea to create the notable bridges spanning the Willamette River, but with a surrealist bent. I created the miniaturized version of Portland’s cityscape, while Maryanna crafted the bridges from flowers, bows, fur, teeth and feathers.

The Pyramid Monster drawing represents our first collaboration where we worked directly on the same page. I created the central character based on a sketch from August of last year. Once I completed the ink work, the piece sat for a month as I couldn’t decide on how I wanted to treat the background. We decided that the piece would work well as a foundation for an Eagle & Wolf collab, so I put it in Maryanna’s hands. She effortlessly created a cast of motley foodstuffs to accompany my monster. Her charcoal treatment really brought the whole thing to life.

We definitely plan on continuing these collaboration efforts. We certainly accept commissions, so if you’re looking for an Eagle & Wolf piece of your very own, please get in touch. You can view our complete body of work here: EagleAndWolf.net

Eagle & Wolf Collab: Pee Wee Herman

May has been moving along at a steady clip. Birthday madness has coupled with looming deadlines to keep me away from my blogging duties. No longer. The Wolf and I have been at work in the studio on a few projects. We’re moving into the realm of portraiture, and who better to start it off than Pee Wee Herman. Maryanna provided a brilliant likeness in ink and charcoal for me to lend my digital touch to. I couldn’t ask for a better starting point. Her shading picks up the texture and color that I add in post very well.

I wanted the background to pay tribute to Gary Panter, who art directed the Pee Wee’s Playhouse TV show. Panter’s work has definitely inspired my style over the years. The resulting composition is an acid soaked portrayal of a very interesting character.

Maryanna’s original drawing:

Party Bombs – Eagle & Wolf Collaboration

Maryanna gave me this piece to color up a few weeks ago. Due to a heavy workload, I wasn’t able to get around to coloring it until just recently. The more we work like this, the more streamlined the process becomes. Maryanna sends me the raw art, and I work my digital magic. I love being freed up to focus only on color and texture, as Maryanna has handled the composition of the piece. For the next Eagle & Wolf collaboration, you’ll see this process in reverse. I have a larger drawing that I’ve colored in halfway with watercolors. I’m handing it off to Maryanna to work her analog color touch. I’m excited to see how it turns out. Stay tuned!

Maryanna’s original drawing:

Let’s Pretend – Eagle & Wolf Collaboration

The latest in an ongoing series of illustrative collaborations between my lady Maryanna and myself. She conceptualized and drew the piece in ink and charcoal. She then scanned it and handed it over to me. I interpreted what she had done and colored it up in Photoshop. We’ve got an intuitive communication when it comes to our collaboration. She lets me run loose with the color, usually only minor adjustments are needed. Here’s what Maryanna has to say:

As with most ideas, this image struck me out of nowhere. Sometimes I like to think of the world from a child’s perspective, where the long legs of adults could easily transform into the trunks of trees. This is not the first time I have pictured a narrative involving a child in the forest, but this is the first time it has come into fruition.

Maryanna’s original drawing: