Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Illustration Friday - Caged

This guy refuses to be 'caged'. I'm stretching it, but I think it works so there!


The struggle continues. I've been doing some experiments with my style lately. I've also started creating my art in layers as you can see here. Originally there was supposed to be a little boy piloting the plane with a 3/4 top view. I redid it twice, but never liked it. I should have known it wasn't working, since I rarely wanted to work on it. I finally gave up on the boy and replaced him with a pelican. I also changed the view. I loved it until I put them together and decided it's not quite working. Ugh! I'm going to put it aside for awhile and move on. I need fresh eyes! At least the pelican works as a spot illo.



Thanks to some wonderful artist friends, I tried this option. Better, I think.

And the winner is…this one. Thanks to Juana Martinez-Neal! FYI: I painted the background in matte acrylics, went over it with color pencil. The bird & plane are all color pencil on toned paper. They're combined in Photoshop where I cut back on the opacity of the background. It was competing too much with the bird. This method really sped things up!

11 comments:

  1. Love both of them! What if your piloting pelican was a bit larger and maybe placed lower on the hills? And maybe off the page a bit? It's really really cute Laura!

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  2. Yep! I think the same way. It will make the piece more interesting. Love the colors, the patterns, your birdie. I like it! Is it acrylics and then scanned and put together in Photoshop?

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  3. Very delightful Laura! I love your whimsical,crisp style!!! Great character design as well!

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  4. Thanks for your suggestions! I had tried that, but didn't like it. I tried again and it's better.

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  5. What a beautiful and refreshing image you've created!
    designing the background to be a bit less brilliant really punches out the main character in flight!
    i can almost hear it flying overhead! =0)

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  6. I love your pelican and airplane and the new layout really sets him off nicely! It brings you to the action.

    You might be able to fade the background back just a couple steps more to create even more depth of field.

    Great character!

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  7. Thanks Angela! I think you're right. I lightened it up a little more :)

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  8. Love your work & interesting to read about the process. I've added you to my google page so I'l pop by from time to time.

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  9. I love them both...they both work. Beautiful work as always. :)

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  10. I love the background faded a bit, the pelican and his plane really pop! Nice job and great suggestions!

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