• Sketchbook 2013

    At long last! I've got in hand my new 2013 sketchbook, Lyrebird.

    The 54 page book, my longest and most densely packed collection of work to date, will debut at Spectrum Live this weekend.

    Lyrebird will be available online in my shop in early June.

    This represents my sixth yearly sketchbook and marks the I don't know number of personal projects I have taken on in my quest to better myself as an artist.

  • MicroVisions pt. 2

    Planning out the piece, I knew I wanted to do something with a new creature or something else I hadn't really drawn much before. 

    The work started out as a faun-type creature but over the course of the piece changed into something a little rabbit-like, somehow. 


    Rough. With some Hidden People.

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    Next time, under-drawing and finished drawing.


  • MicroVisions

    Hey everyone, I'm pleased to show my piece for MicroVisions 2013!

    MicroVisions is a yearly charity art auction at the Society of Illustrators benefiting students.

    I'll let you know when the piece is available for bidding.

    A huge thanks to Irene Gallo for inviting me!

    Bells and Horns
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    Over the course of this week I'll be posting the process of this watercolor and ink piece.
  • Rabbit-Bear

    Here's a look at a one-off piece, unrelated to any personal series. It's for John O'Marra's Chocolate Chips and Rocket Ships, an anthology of children's poems.


    The rough.


    Finished drawing. Cat and Fairy kid with a pear.
    Finished drawing. White Knight.

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    Color work in progress.

    Finished color. White Knight.

    And I'll be posting the final next week!


    Here's my watercolor in @gallerynucleus' current show, "Not in Kansas Anymore."

    I've experienced a few recent breakthroughs in traditional media. Between this piece and my upcoming MicroVisions 8 work I feel like I've gained a whole new way of working.

    The Oz show is up for another for another two weeks! You can view the entire collection online here, or if you think you might like this piece enough to actually want it around you can inquire here.


  • Updates!

    Spent some time today updating some of my various haunts around the internet (including some updates to this old blog).

    The main work I did was updating my Carbonmade portfolio site. I really enjoy the direct simplicity.

    For the time being I've kept some older portfolio work archived there. Enjoy it while it lasts!

    I also updated and tidied up my Behance.

    The main changes around the blog here are updates to the About and Contact pages. Refreshed illustrations, updated and newly worded bio, cleaned up tabs.

    Speaking of the blog, these days it would seem that I only post for major events. To keep up with my day to day workings you can follow me on Twitter and my Cory Godbey Illustration Facebook page.


  • TLC Workshops

    Hey! Here's a weekend that's sure to show up in legends to come: I'll be teaching a TLC Workshop, "Story and Pictures" along with Justin Gerard!

    TLCWorkshops is a professional art series of instruction for the working illustrator. Located in the greater Seattle area, each weekend workshop is packed with one-on-one interaction and gives you the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the most brilliant art professionals working today.

    In this dual-faculty workshop, Justin and Cory will cover their illustration processes and approaches to character-driven art. Students will work alongside the instructors to conceptualize and design their own character, craft their visual story and put it all together into a single image. The class will be heavily geared toward drawing and painting traditionally, but Justin and Cory will also demonstrate how they use digital tools to enhance their work (digital artists welcome!).

    August 16-18, 2013.

  • Make Luck Happen

    Hey! Here's a pretty great thing I've gotten the chance to be involved with called Motivarti.

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    Motivarti is an organization dedicated to providing resources, networking, and inspiration for people who create art related to the entertainment industry. Whether you’re a working professional, a recent graduate, or a student, you’ll find lectures, classes, workshops, and events that will broaden your creative horizons. Motivarti strives to bring together an alliance of entertainment artists, as well as providing motivation and resources to support the community.

    You can find the application here.
    And here's a direct link to my page.

    I'd love to work with you!
  • Sendak's Nutcracker

    A little while ago I got an email from Random House asking if I'd like to review Maurice Sendak's illustrated Nutcracker.

    I jumped at the chance and I'm very pleased to be able to talk about it with you here.

    The book is, as you might expect, lovely. Sendak's take on the E. T. A. Hoffman classic is surely the best and brightest, darkest and most imaginative version of the story. 

    Many others will be able to explain the story, the music, or indeed the production design of the ballet better than I can. What I hope to be able to provide you with here is a little of the history and the feeling of the book from a life long follower of Maurice Sendak's work. 

    To set the scene, here's look at the official book description.


    "A classic, new and complete. One of the ten best illustrated children's books of the year." 
    New York Times Book Review.

    The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share. 

    Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Christmas production of Nutcracker and created even more magnificent pictures especially for this book. He joined with the eminent translator Ralph Manheim to produce this illustrated edition of Hoffmann's wonderful tale, destined to become a classic for all ages. 

    The world of Nutcracker is a world of pleasures. Maurice Sendak's art illuminates the delights of Hoffmann's story in this rich and tantalizing treasure.


    This book's history is two-fold; it was born of the 1983 stage production where Sendak served as the production designer.

    A quick Google search yields a few pictures of the ballet.

    I love hearing Maurice Sendak in his own words and the book benefits from having an Introduction by Sendak himself. Here he provides insight into the characters, the designs, and how he and Kent Stowell even came to partner on the original production. Characteristically Sendak, the first line of the Introduction is, 
    "My immediate reaction to the request that I design Nutcracker was negative." 
    Throughout the Introduction, Sendak tells how he warmed to the project, overcoming his initial distaste for the play ("I didn't want to be suited to the confectionery goings-on...") and how ultimately the production culminated, for him, in a "superb moment" at the premiere.

    Sendak thought of this book as being comprised of "two separate entities" with the costumes and designs from the production making up the one half and the other being the new work he did specifically for the book. 

    Here he speaks to retracing some of his steps and adding new work for the book:
    "In changing hats from designer to illustrator I have been faced with a curious dilemma. After all, there are whole sequences in the tale itself that never appear on the stage. Rather adjust these designs to fit the book, I decided to completely illustrate 'The Story of the Hard Nut'. Because of this decision the pictures for this book are composed of two separate entities. There are the designs and costumes from the ballet version and then the fresh pictures done specifically for the tale. In addition, there are a few to animate the original stage designs and a few more that I could not or would not resist doing."

    What draws me, and I suspect many others, in to Sendak's worlds are his treatment of children. Speaking of the heroine Clara ("Marie" in the book)
    "I endowed her with the wisdom and strength I conjure up to endow all my children and then surrounded her with a minefield of problems."
    And very like a certain Max, 
    "The stage became her half-real, half-nightmare battleground. The drama grew naturally as we watched Clara, frightened yet exuberant, cross that battleground."
    The sprawling spreads found in The Capital are some of my personal favorite examples of Sendak's haunting, lyrical work which meshes so well, in my estimation, with the poetry of the story.

    "Who is this on the rosy waters?
    A fairy or fairy's daughter?
    Bim-bim little fishes,
    Sim-sim golden swans.
    Faeries come hither,
    Fly through the spray
    Splish splash, splish splash
    The rosy spray."


    The book is a delight. And comes well recommended from me.

    Again, an image from the ballet itself, not from the book.

  • Spectrum 19!

    I'm so pleased to once again to be able to say that I'm a part of the most recent Spectrum

    I scored two pages, one full and one quarter.

    Many thanks to the judges and The Fenners!


    The Elf Mother, from The Hidden People.
    ÉowynMy series of process posts.

  • Digital painting demo


    2 hour painting demo (sped up to 1 hour). 720p HD. (1GB)
    Includes the file + bonus layered file.

    A look at my basic digital painting process. Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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    Here it is! I recorded this whole thing back over the summer (pre-LPG) and just now got some free time to edit it together and do the narration. I'm very excited to finally share it with you. 

    It's a look at what I've learned over the years working in Photoshop, just some of my basic process.

    The first 10 buyers will get a free download of the eBook edition of Menagerie.


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    This video is part of my new digital shop! Check it out for some free stuff, eBook editions of my sketchbooks, wallpapers, and more.