Wylie Beckert

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From the Sketchbook: Whiskey Foot Party Posted on 04 Mar 2013


Sketch by artist Wylie Elise Beckert. An empty airplane whiskey bottle, some miscellaneous creatures, foot studies.

Life, as always, has dragged me inexorably away from regular blog posting. If you're wondering where I've been and what I've been doing for the past month, I have been:

  • Visiting Los Angeles and meeting with the fantastic people at the DeviantArt headquarters (thanks again for the hospitality, guys!)
  • Taking up oils for the first time since college, and as a result making some laughably bad oil paintings
  • Illustrating away into the wee small hours.

Hopefully this flurry of activity will eventually yield some new work to post; in the meantime here's an amalgamation of some recent sketchbook pages. The empty whiskey bottle, belonging to and emptied by my lefthand seatmate, was drawn during the flight to LA.


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New Work: Summer Wine Posted on 05 Dec 2012


Illustration by artist Wylie Elise Beckert, based on Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra's song Summer Wine: a saloon girl tries on her new boots & spurs while a dead cowboy pickles in a jar of wine.

Strawberries, cherries and an angel's kiss in spring

My summer wine is really made from all these things.

Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time

And I will give to you... summer wine.


Since 2012 is wrapping up soon, I'm starting to plan some new pieces for next year to replace my existing portfolio, which is starting to look a little out of sync with the work I'm doing now (and hoping to continue doing in the future). Here's a new piece originally inspired by Lee Hazlewood's Summer Wine, one of the finest songs ever penned about grape juice and petty larceny.

I used a slightly different process from my usual by working the piece up to a pretty high level of finish (in pencil and white charcoal on tinted paper) before switching to Photoshop for the color. (A lot of my initial line art is pretty rough, and gets done on tiled 8.5x11 printer paper for ease of scanning. It's not very pretty and usually gets thrown away. I want to start doing more permanent work in traditional media - this was my first attempt, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out.)

Here's the finished 11x14 pencil art on tinted Strathmore charcoal paper, awaiting its wash of glorious digital color:

Pencil art by illustrator Wylie Elise Beckert, based on Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra's song Summer Wine: a saloon girl tries on her new boots & spurs while a dead cowboy pickles in a jar of wine.

Check out a larger view in the gallery; this illustration is available as a print in my Etsy shop.


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From the Sketchbook: Disgruntled Cocktail Rabbit Posted on 15 Nov 2012


Illustration by Wylie Elise Beckert: a disgruntled cocktail waitress in a Playboy Bunny costume with a samurai sword and a demonic rabbit hand puppet.
In between jobs I've been forcing myself to brush up on my sadly lacking art education, so posting will be sporadic while I bury myself in anatomy books and attempt to reconfigure the linear perspective of my workspace (that's how these things work, right?)

In the meantime, why not have a cocktail? I think I see a waitress headed our way...


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From the Sketchbook: Kindred Posted on 15 Sep 2012


Sketch of a fairy admiring a lawn gnome under a tree.
A fairy entranced by a lawn gnome. Another mini illustration in traditional media, this one almost free of digital trickery - just a few stars and highlights in photoshop. Pencil, india ink, watercolor, and acrylic.


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PigPen Theatre/Buffalo Picture House: Bremen Posted on 01 Aug 2012


Still frame from animated Bremen short by PigPen Theatre Co.
I recently had the good fortune to work with Buffalo Picture House on Bremen, an animated short film for the PigPen Theatre Co. album of the same name.


The animation mimics PigPen's signature shadow puppetry, and the story follows an old man on his journey to refill the moon. Insanely talented musicians, insanely talented cinematographers, and my own self limping alongside like Igor with some character design. Watch the video - it's absolutely amazing.

Still frame from animated Bremen short by PigPen Theatre Co.

Still frame from animated Bremen short by PigPen Theatre Co.


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