Friday, October 2, 2009

Boys in Love and Bleeding Hearts

Despite the title of this post sounding like something out of an Emo girl's dream, these illustrations came from two very different assignments.

The first is a joint collaboration between the effervescent Samuel Bosma and myself for the cover of the October Muse magazine. It was at the request of Art Director Extraordinaire John Sandford, and it was the first time Sam and I have collaborated on a piece. You can probably see our respective areas of focus (decorative, flat-color foliage? Lushly rendered heart & hands?), but by the end of the assignment we both had a hand in basically all aspects of the final. The cover story was about "bleeding heart transplants", where the donor is technically dead (braindead), but their body is kept alive so surgeons can remove the organs. Crazy stuff, right? I had the idea of plants sprouting from a heart, to symbolize the life it gives to another person, and Sam thought that having surgeon's hands holding the heart would help add to the theme, so we both generated sketches and combined the imagery, to good effect I think.

It went through several versions, with John deciding that we needed to add some blood to the gloves so they'd be able to put text on top (guess who added the gory blood this wasn't Sam!) Also, this is a kid's magazine. Whoooo.
Here's one of the earlier versions when we were still feeling out color stuff:

ALSO, a while back I was contacted by the lovely artist Patricio Oliver to do a piece of guest art for his graphic novel, Maurice in Love. It's a series of one-panel illustrations concerning the romantic exploits of apathetic romeo Maurice. Here's the press release:

Maurice is looking for love, single and dating almost everyone in his town, Maurice in love, a graphic novel by Patricio Oliver about love bizarre infatuations and everything in the middle.
Paperback: 64 pages full color
Publisher: Moebius Editora Oct 09
Language: English (Spanish Subtitles)
Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 inches

Guest artists: Nuno Plati, Ochopante, Chris Bachalo, Annie Wu, Kali Ciesemier, Jordie Bellaire, Jorge Alderete, Pablo Lobato, Daniel Krall, Sam Bosma, Lucas Varela and Rodolfo MIgliari

As you can see, some friends of mine were also invited-- Sam Bosma, Annie Wu, and Daniel Krall! We were each allowed to pick one of the panels of the story, and then re-interpret it into our own art style, preserving the dialogue and the fact that the characters were sitting. Here's the panel I picked:

And here's my illustration for it:


Huma said...

Gah. I am in perpetual awe of your talent.

Radstronomical said...

um. dudes. the bleeding heart came out so awesomely. I am feeling some definite awe.

Annika said...

Kali & Sam, cool to see your powers combined, love the concept & color, I'm sure the kiddies will enjoy :)

Daniel Fishel said...

Its been a while since I looked at your blog. Seems like things are happening and happening really well! Love the new work Kali.

Patricio OLiver said...

Kali what a wonderful piece! The heart looks lovely! I love it! (as for the Maurice tribute I love them all but I will tell you a little secret, my boyfriend is fascinated with yours!) As Ive told Sam the book is ready and it looks GREAT! Soon both of you will received your copies!!! It would be amazing if you could be part of this new project! the good news is that theree is no deadline at all!

cheers! PO!

Anonymous said...

Oh no. I thought I had already commented on this. Your colors are of course wonderful... maybe I should just steal your pallet and not tell you... except I just did. O_O

martin said...

dang dude... that's a fun piece. Everything blends really well together, I dig it, just enough rendering to not overwhelm the flat, nice nice work :D... kids magazine though? bit raw, but kids'll totally love the gore aspect :D

minkee said...

the muse cover is wonderful. so vivid, i love it. shame i'm on the wrong side of the pond to pick up a copy and see it in the flesh :x