Friday, July 24, 2009

Illustration Friday: Idle

"There they are again.....those blasted, four-legged varmints and their idle ways...." cursed the little hen.

Monday, July 20, 2009

There's a Dog in my Gym Class...!

More experiments with technique...a digital sketch and color comp and a traditional painting with watercolor and acrylic. I only painted the characters and scanned them into my computer and added the shadows and background in Photoshop. Tight, but clean. And since everything is painted separately, I can use the characters for other fun stuff!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Wacky Days of Summer

Spent part of the day working on different techniques for my portfolio. I did this sketch in Photoshop using my Wacom Tablet. I printed out the sketch and using my light table, I inked it onto Arches 140 lb. hot-press watercolor paper with black india ink and a crow-quill pen. I then painted the characters, cast shadows and grass with watercolor and a little colored pencil for texture. I scanned the illustration back into Photoshop and knocked out the white background. Working in layers, I added flowers which is a pattern I pulled from one of my digital surface designs. Behind that I added a digital blue background and added the clouds.

I like being able to combine traditional illustration with digital. Saves time, for sure, but also gives you freedom to really play around without destroying any original artwork. I just noticed how many dogs I've posted on my blog lately. Can't help of my favorite animals to draw!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Illustration Friday: Worn

Kayla was over the top with happiness that her auntie's big 'ol red dog "Misty" was going to spend two weeks with her and her family while she went on vacation. However, Kayla's dog, Jax, was not so thrilled and decided that Misty had worn out her welcome fairly early on in week one......