Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Deborah did a great job writing this book and I surely enjoyed illustrating it! It hits stores Dec. 22 and is available for pre-orders. Pick one up this holiday season for your family and closest loved ones!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Smart and sure, hardworking, talented, professional and passionate, loving wife and mother, daughter, sister, friend.
This is the story of a girl from Chicago who dared to dream big, worked hard to make things happen, and grew up to be an extraordinary woman: Michelle Robinson Obama.
Deborah Hopkinson and AG Ford capture the inspiring story of the first African American First Lady in this beautiful picture-book biography.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Here are a couple of progression shots of paintings that I was working on for the First Family book I just completed that will be released later this year. I am basically painting very directly to work quickly, mid to dark thin layers of paint, and then opaque lights, wet into wet oils, usually just in one sitting for each portrait in order to work quickly to meet deadlines.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Here is an older illustration I did back in 08, I have been very busy with current projects which I can't show yet, but will definitely be posting older pieces and works from my sketch book (when i get to sketch) as much as possible. Also, these are the photos from which I used for reference as I did the drawing and painting. Thanks! and stay tuned in!!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Here is a sneak peak at an interior illustration for a book that I am finishing up with Candlewick Press titled Goal!, written by Mina Javaherbin. I can't show too much of this book yet, but thought I would share one spread, the book is scheduled to be released in 2010. The book is about kids playing soccer in the alleys of their shanty homes in Africa, very fun book to illustrate!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Here is an illustration done some time ago but I thought I would show you all some of the reference pictures that I took of a friend for the project and also some of the photos for the scenery that me and my art director found. Fun project!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Here is the cover and also one of the opening spreads for the book. This book was written by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by AG Ford (me) and is set to be released September 09 under Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. This is what they are showing around so i thought i would share it with you all. I am still working on the rest of the interiors.
Oil on Illustration board
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Well here are the drawings and detail shots of the Oz portraits. This piece was done some time ago but I thought my website didn't do it justice. This is a rather large piece so I decided to give you some detail shots and let you see certain things, like brush strokes, the Cowardly Lion's tears, Tin man's rust, Dorothy's hair, and even Scare Crows leaves sticking out. This is all done in acrylic, transparent shadows, opaque lights working from thin to thick. I will try to post things periodically, old and new, but hopefully always inspiring!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Here are some life drawings from my sketch book. I think its important to keep drawing from life to stay on point. I draw from photos so much but there is something natural and fluent when drawing from life, people move, blink, and scratch, wiggle, and it really keeps you focused to try and create a drawing that can stand through all that. More to come from my sketchbook soon!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Dallas Morning News Article! My first full children's book "Barack" is a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!!
Here is my interview which was on the front page of the Dallas Morning News!
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Sketch book Sketch book Sketch book, how important these are but i am sure I don't give mine enough attention at all, it feels abandoned and its vacant pages communicate this clearly. Although I am pretty busy now a days, there is a little downtime when waiting on editors and art directors to get back with me. Usually I use this time to do research, prepare boards, look at new art, read, search for new music or for anything inspiring in the world but ignore the option of just drawing for fun. I think I should absolutely add sketching to the list! Sketchbooks are so important for the creative mind and can be great to build yourself as an artist conceptually and to keep your hand and eye coordination on point. SO...... what to do??? I think I will keep my sketch book near me from now on. Here are the first few sketches from pictures I found, I will be doing some drawings from life as well soon!