Sunday, March 29, 2009

Where the Wild Things Will Be

Saw this featured on the local news this evening. Looks pretty cool!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

IF - Subtract

Subtracting yards for the next first down, subtracting time from the play clock, subtracting the heads from the opposing players... it's all a part of football!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

IF - Legendary

What came to mind when I saw this word was how kids like to imitate their heroes—some legendary, some not so much! May be a stretch, but oh well...

I drew the original to this back in September. I redrew it larger today during a short break, and painted it this evening.

I did the lines with a dip pen as an experiment to see how I'd like it, and the line quality I would get. It was fun to use, and the only major problem was the slit in the nib getting clogged with paper fibers. I am sure that goes away with practice.

Prismacolor has some fine point pens out that I plan to pick up tomorrow and try. And speaking of Prismacolor, they are having a contest if anyone is interested. I plan and hope to enter myself.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

IF: Breezy

Inside his house, made strong of brick,
the Pig's heart began to flutter.
As the breeze got high, and whistled by,
he thought it best to close the shutters.

But the Wolf still huffed, and he still puffed,
the house, it never bent.
After three more blows, the Wolf headed home,
his lungs were finally spent.

While many illustrators provide inspiration for me, I have recently developed an increased admiration for the illustrations of Quentin Blake. And not just his subject matter or style, but his process. I have mentioned before that I love to watch other artists work, and watching Mr. Blake work is equally engaging as the finished illustrations themselves.

In the past, I would trace my sketch in pencil on my watercolor paper, paint it, then outline it in pen (or colored pencil). Quentin Blake cuts a few steps by "redrawing" the sketch directly in pen on his paper. He uses a light box with his sketch underneath, but not as a means of direct copy, but merely as a reference. This keeps the drawing loose, and is a technique I employed on the above illustration, and my previous IF post below. This kept me from drawing so stiffly trying to follow my lines exactly, and greatly improved the end result.

Another thing he does is mixing his paints on the fly using a scrap piece of paper, which I found interesting. I tried this on the above painting, but mixed them directly on the painting itself, which worked great.

Below are a small color study and the original sketch. I like the color study a bit better than the above just because of its looseness. I drew it freehand based on the original sketch. The light box I use is small (12" x 10"), and trying to get loose sweeping strokes on it is difficult. I started to add "sketchy" strokes to the finished illustration, but stopped as they don't look the same when forced (and of course, I was worried about messing up the finished art... gotta get over that! Can always do it again, right!)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This is pretty cool!

Not illustration related, but cool nonetheless. Check it out.