April 2, 2012

King of the North

Hey everyone.  It's been a long time.  A lots changed over here. Some big life stuff.  Moved to Greenpoint, got a job as the art department coordinator at Scholastic.  It's been a really amazing year. However, during this time of transition my illustration work was put on hold... but fear not for I have returned better than ever.  And I come baring gifts.

Below are some really fun Game of Thrones illustrations I got to do for Vulture.com.  Here is a link to their page with a great little write up tying together my concept with the start of season two of the amazing HBO show. It's been a blast working with their art directors and I'll be pitching some new ideas to them soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for more fun pop culture related stuff.

February 6, 2011

Two point O

Version 2.0 of www.STEVEPONZO.com is finally here!

It's bigger. It's better. It's filled with new artwork for everyone to enjoy and there will be plenty more on the way.

A huge thanks must go out to the great Tim Cohan for his brilliance and patience working on the site with me.

So please take a look around and let us know what you think.

July 7, 2010

Children's Book: 3rd Full Color Page

Here is the final full-color page from "Peanut Butter and Ellie." All the drawings are finished and I plan to post some of the sketches soon. The book dummy will be fully completed after one last re-write, which I should finish up in a day or so. Then, hopefully this bad boy gets picked up and you'll have a full 32 pages of pure puppy enjoyment sitting on your book shelves. Fingers crossed.

currently reading: "Werewolves of Montpellier" by Jason
currently listening to: Ugly Casanova- "180 South OST"

June 7, 2010

Landscapes and Scenery

Quick interlude from the book dummy (which will be done this weekend and sketches will be posted shortly thereafter).

I was looking through an old sketchbook and came across these pages that I really enjoyed.

currently reading: "Birchfield Close" by Jon McNaught
currently listening to: Black Keys - "Brothers"

June 5, 2010

Children's Book: 2 full color finishes

The "Peanut Butter and Ellie" book dummy is officially under way. I opted to start at the beginning and worked up to completion the first spread in the book. You might recognize the figures in this drawing. I had drawn them up a while back and used them on a little promo piece which I posted a few weeks back. I had always planned on using the image as part of the book so I worked up an environment, and now its finally complete.

The other full color page I wanted to do was a single page image that really stood out from the rest of my original thumbnails. It's a scene after Ellie makes a mess in the house and Peanut Butter has to throw Ellie in the tub. This takes place right after she is dropped in and PB reprimands her. I think its a really pivotal scene in the book and was a great choice for a finish.

I now have seven days to get the rest of the pages up to respectable sketch quality. Some are going to be tighter than others, but on my shortened time table it will have to do.

I hope you like the work so far. Let me know what you think.

currently (re)reading: "Hellboy: Conqueror Worm" by Mike Mignola
currently listening to: Menomena- "Mines"

June 1, 2010

Children's Book: thumbnails

Hey everyone. I recently began production on my first children's book. I've decided to work up a story for a drawing I posted a while back entitled "Peanut Butter and Ellie."

First I laid out the entire book and created thumbnails for each page.

Since this first round of sketches I've tweak some things here and there, moved some images around, added a few pages and then cut some others to make it all fit just right.

In the next two weeks, I will be creating 1 - 2 finished color spread and I'm shooting to have the other 30 pages done as fairly tight sketches. I have A LOT of work ahead of me, but I'll make it happen.

On June 12th I have a meeting set up with a BIG publisher, so these coming weeks will be filled with non-stop drawing, very little sleep and a lot of excitement. I'll be posting a few sketches and the finished full color piece as soon as I complete them so keep checking back.

currently reading: "Hellboy: The Wild Hunt" by Mignola and Fegredo
currently listening to: Tokyo Police Club- "Champ"

May 4, 2010

Fowl excuses

- Alice Update: Ugh... usual excuses, I got busy, it got side tracked.

The sketch above is what I was working on recently for the piece. Actually, this is an older and way rougher sketch I did. I seemed to have misplaced my more recent drawings. These are the characters from the caucus race. I was trying to combine them with the pool of tears scene. I put a lot of time into the characters and I really liked everything I came up with, but in the end they weren't working for where I wanted to fit them in this odd visual narrative. I'm going to see if I can rework them and move them to another area of the piece, but I'm going to push that until after I finish up everything else.

Up next is attempt five on the cheshire cat. After that I have to throw a mouse into the water, and then all that's left to do is wake Alice up from her sleep beneath the tree.

- One of my drawings was posted on the awesome website Yay!Everyday. Be sure to look around, there is a ton of great stuff.

- At work we just got started on our fourth children's book. Should be a hectic, yet really enjoyable few months to come.

- Recently, I've been spending a lot of time job hunting. I'm currently re-working my resume for the billionth time. Lets hope that all pans out so I can focus more of my free time on the drawing table instead of on cover letters. I promise more frequent posts are coming. I'm in the process of scanning another batch of figure drawings, so check back soon for those.

currently reading: "Bottemless Belly Button" by Dash Shaw
currently listening to: Matt Pond PA- "The Dark Leaves"