Wednesday, February 20, 2008
In Your Face
Here's a collection of characters from my sketchbook. Most of these started as a simple shape: an inverted triangle, a rectangle, or an oval. I then filled the outline with a face, experimenting with placement and proportions of the features. Hey, how'd Geraldo get in there?!!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Illustration Friday - Theory
What did happen to the dinosaurs? I like Gary Larson's theory that they were done in by cigarettes. A more popular theory is that they were wiped out by a giant asteroid. I'd like to think ol' T-Rex enjoyed the light show before he went extinct.
This illustration is 100% digital. I used a Wacom tablet with Photoshop. Once again I challenged myself to bring an illustration from concept to completion in short order - this took 3.5 hours.
At first I thought this was funny - but now I find it kind of disturbing. Poor T-Rex; he looks so happy...
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Thanks, Illustration Friday!
Up until a month ago, the visitors to my blog were stalwart and few. But then I participated in the Illustration Friday challenge! Soon I was I getting hits from all over the world, according to Google Analytics. (Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about a website's traffic. Details such as: where visitors come from, how long they stayed on the website and their geographical position.) Here is a screen shot of the traffic to my blog since January 12th.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Illustration Friday: Blanket
I remember running around the house, jumping off furniture. I clutched two corners of a blanket (okay, maybe it was a towel) around my neck and pretended a cape billowed dramaticaly behind me. The soundtrack, as I recall, was Gypsys, Tramps and Theives by Cher... or maybe it was The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia byVicki Lawrence. Well, is there a difference?!
That's what sprung to mind when I saw the word for Illustration Friday was "blanket."
Once again I challenged myself to create an illustration relatively quickly (5 hours from concept to final). I chose to work in line because my portfolio is lacking black and white samples - that's crazy because I grew up with a brush (and ink) in hand.
This illustration was actually created with goache, not ink. Goache is opaque but doesn't gum up a brush like ink. The color is added in Photoshop.
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