Saturday, 28 January 2012
Okay, so after a lot of browsing and geeking with fellow art enthusiasts, I came across an artist named Pete Hawley. His style is very expressive, with amazing gestures and a variety of different styles, from Pin Ups to Cartoons.
This ad for Cocacola really caught my eye, and not just because it's my favorite pop.
I went through a lot of brain storming, idea exploring and doodling before coming to a theme I was sure would be best for this week.
Are you excited? I certainly am! On to the rough work!
Friday, 27 January 2012
Well, I was doing my laundry, and lo and behold, kitty wonder tries to shmooze his way in again.
I wasn't buying his act!
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012
I started off by looking up lot`s of different illustrations of dragons on Google searches, as well as sites like conceptart.org. I also looked at the art of some artists from the early days for good composition, but also successful uses of color. I want this piece to be full of depth and radiant colours.
While nibbling on chicken wings, I flipped through some flickr sets and found the work of Bruce Bomberger. Not only is his name epic, so is his artwork.
I really enjoyed the thumbnail process for this, and it didn't take me very long. I plan to do some more to map out the two characters I plan to use in the final piece; A dancer and a dragon.
The outfit was modeled after belly dancers, because it's lovely, fluid and detailed but doesn't clash with the headdress.
Now to dive into Photoshop!
Thursday, 19 January 2012
After browsing through some flickr sets, I stumbled upon this gem by Lou Cunette:
The lady in blue inspired me to try a period piece, with fashion inspired by the 1800s.
I went on a tangent with my thumbnails, mostly to keep the pencil going and explore ideas. I ended up designing a man and woman that I am growing attached to in the second picture down below.
Sunday, 15 January 2012
I started off with a few thumbnails, and almost immediately found something to use towards a rough draft.
After leaving this for a short time, I returned to it with a fresh mind and fresh inspiration. I evolved the thumbnails and decided on a look and theme; Retro!
After that, I started with a single colour wash on the whole board.
I continued to play with this painting, especially with the highlights in her hair. I feel like I need to be bolder with my colour values, so I am not yet done with this yet.
Okay, so I almost destroyed my mother. No, not my real mother; Painted Mother. I was trying to fix her face and disaster struck. I made it worse the more I tried to fix her, but ended up making more mistakes. There was a point where my paintbrush went flying across the room and I cried "Sweet Mercy, I killed Mom!"
After calming down, I managed to fix it up and it turned out even better. I went out and took high res photos of it so I could pop it into Photoshop and do some colour fiddling.
There! It is now complete! My poster for Women's Day!
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Week 1's keyword is... Grounded.
THUMBNAILS & INSPIRATION
I started off by sketching everything that the word brought to mind. It didn't matter if it was relavent or not, I just had to get the pencil moving. Eventually, based on one of many meanings of grounded ie; kid in trouble, I came up with two characters.
Now that I had a fairly solid idea of what the characters look and attitude is, I needed to think of a way to set them nicely in a composition.
I was told of an artist named Sheilah Beckett, and after browsing through some of her work, I found there was a few pieces that really spoke to me compositionally. I loved how some of her work had separate elements linked together in a way it became one solid element.
One specifically drew my attention.
The colours are beautiful, and she brings elements of an environment to help establish the characters surroundings without use of a full background. The grass and flowers become part of the girl and establish a setting.
So now I'm moving on to make a few rough sketches to try and emulate this kind of set up in my own work.
So after the thumbnails were done, I started exploring different ways to illustrate the characters in a way that represents their attitude and the theme.
I drew out numerous different concepts, and this is what I ended up with.
Now that I fleshed out so many ideas, I am ready to move on and make the final copy.
I took my chosen rough draft and cleaned it up, and lined in Photoshop. From there, I created new layers as I added colour and effects.
Once it was all colored, I used a pattern and gradient effect on the final merge to give it a smooth and comic like look and feel.
Then I cleaned up and finished the "base" that the two characters are standing on, created a title and border, and voila! "Volume "1 of the Illustration Friday Challenge!