Curtis Parker on Illustrative Thinking

Curtis Parker from Scott Hull Associates for "Show Yourself" postcard
Curtis Parker from Scott Hull Associates for "Show Yourself" postcard

an interview with Curtis Parker

This is a great series. What inspired you regarding the one of the concept? I received a call from Dave Plunkert to illustrate the upcoming brochure for The Directory of Illustration. The idea was “show yourself” which led me to think of a tiger hiding in the grass, being almost invisible, then stepping into the open and we can see his stripes. He has a bit of "caught in the headlights” look but, as illustrators, if we are going to be seen we have to put ourselves out there.

I see. How did you approach the painting? I tried a bit different approach for this image. I chose brighter colors for the tiger and grass and painted all the stripes and the blades of grass first with thicker acrylic. After it dried well I painted over the whole area and later sanded it back to reveal the underpainting. It’s quite a spontaneous endeavor and sometimes it can be a surprise. And sometimes it even turns out.

OK, What does an Art Director need to know about you? That every project I do is very important to me. I try to give every effort to come up with compelling ideas and find the essence of whatever message the job requires. That formula has been successful in creating good images. Hey, I’m also easy to work with, just ask my wife.

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Curtis Parker from Scott Hull Associates tiger sketch for Directory of Illustration
Curtis Parker from Scott Hull Associates tiger sketch for Directory of Illustration
Curtis Parker from Scott Hull Associates tiger for the Directory of Illustration
Curtis Parker from Scott Hull Associates tiger for the Directory of Illustration
Curtis Parker from Scott Hull Associates illustrations for the Directory of Illustration
Curtis Parker from Scott Hull Associates illustrations for the Directory of Illustration
CurtisParker from Scott Hull Associates for the Directory of Illustration
CurtisParker from Scott Hull Associates for the Directory of Illustration