Thursday, December 03, 2009

Wall St. Journal :: Holiday Themed Crime/Mystery Books

I love getting gigs like this one that thematically embrace a lot things I enjoy drawing. The article reviews soon to be released Mystery & Crime novels and non-fiction books that thematically overlap with the holiday season or that may be potentially ideal stocking stuffers . One of the aforementioned books ,Catherine Corman’s “Daylight Noir: Raymond Chandler’s Imagined City” , may be a book that eventually I pick up myself , unless of course it shows up in my stocking ;-)

The color scheme for this piece was inspired by travel posters from the 30's & 40's that promoted tourism to California. Enjoy !


For myself , I did a B&W version to see how it would translate. It's much more evocative of the genre & period , but I think wouldn't necessarily have the same visual impact when printed on newsprint.

15 comments:

Roberto Zaghi said...

Very nice drawing Dominic, I quite like the one in color, the necktie detail is great! Great background also.

Rich Dannys said...

How come you get all of the good jobs, eh?!
I prefer the B&W version. More appropos of the Genre, as you suggest.. But I think I'd amp up the Contrast on the gradient of the Sky background.. A bit lighter (more white) on the bottom behind the Buildings, would look great I think.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Roberto - thanks mate

Rich - Dumb luck I guess ;-) I see what you mean about the BG , I don't think it's as much of an issue with the color one.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful piece!

Lately, I've had the 'munchies' for noir comics.

Prabhu

Laura Braga said...

Hi Dominic,
great image as usual, i love your vesrion in B&W!
my best compliments.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Anonymous -thanks for the comments

Laura - many thanks

pete ryan said...

This is exceptional

Dominic Bugatto said...

Pete - thanks for stopping by

Marco "Bamba" Zorzan said...

beautiful drawing, maybe the B/W version is better.....great work
Bye.....

Dominic Bugatto said...

Marco - thanks mate

jazzlamb said...

The first thng I happened to notice was the very long, impressive client list. lol. And your work only makes it all look better. Really lovely work.

Dominic Bugatto said...

jazzlamb - thanks for the visit & the kind words.

Cheers, Dom

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Anonymous said...

It was rather interesting for me to read that post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Anonymous - thanks for stopping by