Storm Sunday is proud to present the original artwork of San Francisco illustrator Josh Ellingson! Josh contributes artwork and writing to galleries, publications, and websites worldwide. He has worked with clients ranging from toy makers to tequila companies. Josh also contributes writing and reviews to publications and websites such as Laughing Squid and Hi-Fructose Magazine.
Regarding his work, he says, “I’m influenced by popular culture, particularly television and movies, and I’ve also always been a fan of comic books and collectible toys. I’m enamored with science and scientific advancements and lately, astronomy has had a big impact on my work. There’s something about the scale of the cosmic level that makes my brain buzz.”
Josh was very gracious to create an original work of art for this Storm Sunday after I asked him if would like to contribute to my Ororo Munroe obsession. When he sent me the final image, I immediately fell in love with his interpretation of our Weather Witch. This portrait pays respect to the depth of Storm’s character. She looks cool, calm and collected, but somehow Josh gave her a consciousness that is difficult to do with a character that doesn’t always have pupils. It’s awesome that Josh chose to pay homage to Storm’s Dave Cockrum designed outfit complete with tiara and ruby. I don’t even mind his artistic license with the lines of her collar and cape. I think his iteration is streamlined and classy. Her eyes are drawn in a more cat-like fashion as per her original appearances and her eyebrows have a unique lightning bolt shape to them (I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone draw them this way before). Her hair is animated in wispy tendrils and the background weather patterns are a beautiful contrast to the colors in her hair. Josh has a great sense of composition as well as mad skills with color. Check out his original black and white drawing and then compare it to the image above.
In addition to his illustrations, Josh has animation, case studies, and an amazing Flickr archive of his work available for your perusal. I found his answers to frequently asked questions to be insightful about his artistic motivation and process. Josh strikes me as an artist who takes his art seriously. His intention is focused and his designs are concise and robust, but his art is also humorous, whimsical and joyful. What more could you want in an illustrator?