Joseph Murphy
Sun Ra

Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Create a collage of a musician using only texture and value.

How was the illustration used:
sketchbook, website

How did you make this work:
I usually don't work in collage, but have been interested in exploring it more so that I can incorporate it into my work process. I decided to start making quick daily collages in order to loosen up before beginning my daily work routine. This was meant to get myself into a frame of mind of thinking in terms of shape and simplicity of form.

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I am an illustrator who uses atmosphere and light to create dream-like images for projects in book publishing, editorial, and entertainment fields.As a graduate of Syracuse University, I earned my MFA in Illustration. I also teach as an adjunct instructor and give visiting artist lectures.My work has appeared in juried shows and exhibitions through the Society of Illustrators of New York/Los Angeles, 3x3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Infected By Art, ICON (National Illustration Conference), Lucca Comics & Games' Overluk Annual, The Hive Gallery, Rogue Space Gallery, Sager Braudis Gallery, and the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Creative Quarterly also ranked my work as part of the "100 Best Illustrations of 2016".A select list of my clients include Pearson Education, Say Yes To Education, Virginia Living Magazine, School of Information Studies Magazine, Syracuse University Publications, Syracuse Opera, and Turning Stone Resort & Casino. I have also been acquired into the private collection of the Oneida Indian Nation. ​​ My work has been featured in ImagineFX Magazine and international blogs such as Creative Boom, Creative Digest, and Supersonic Art.