Tuesday, January 5, 2010

IF - Renewal


Might be a stretch, but I guess hugs are a form of renewal...

Anyway, I am really happy with this illustration. I had to force myself to be bolder with the color and shadows, and allow myself the permission to make mistakes and know that I can do it over if needed.

This is actually the second version. I was going to post the first version (shown below) on Tuesday, in an effort to get it on IF earlier than I usually do, but I just didn't like it, and decided I wasn't going to settle for "OK".


After some scrutiny, and taking some risks (for me), you have the image at the top! Granted, there is still improvement to be made, but overall, this is one of my better illustrations. The rough sketch is below.

11 comments:

Krista said...

This is really sweet and not a stretch at all-- most definitely renewal!

Susan Beth Studio said...

Very sweet, and perfect for the theme - I'm glad you kept at it, love the richness of the bolder colors!

Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

Very nice work!

Jack Foster said...

Very great Tom! Nice colors and terrific composition!!!Happy New Year!!

Andrew said...

Hya Tom, I really like the pencil sketch. It's very vigorous, very fresh and honest. Beautiful emotions on the faces.

elisenblack@yahoo.com said...

Not a stretch at all! I like the concept and the expressions of love. Nice work Tom!

k.h.whitaker said...

nice work

Alex said...

yeah, very cool - nice work. Lovely colouring

lil kim said...

Happy New Year Tom! Your work is looking great - love the dogs below as well. Wishing you lots of fun creative times for 2010!

Ann Marie DiVecchia said...

I agree with your idea about hugs! The bolder colors do make for a stronger image. I like the warm feeling in the illustration. And thanks for your comments on my blog. :)

sketched out said...

Yep, hugs absolutely are a form of renewal. Great idea! I also like your use of bolder colors. I relate to what you're going through. I always have to push myself to go bolder or more dynamic with the gesture. I used to try to rush to get drawings done, but now I spend a bit more time pushing with the rough.

Good work, Tom!