12.24.2011

IF - Messenger

Have a Happy, Joyful, Merry Christmas!
And Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends!
 
digital and pastel on paper
7.5 x 7.5

12.17.2011

IF - Sink

The Illustration Friday topic for this week is Sink.

Don't you wish kids were always this happy about helping out around the house?
From Wash the Dishes by Geneus English, LLC
This illustration started out as a  pencil sketch. I scanned it, cleaned up the sketch and painted the color in photoshop.

12.11.2011

IF - Separate

This week the subject for Illustration Friday is Separate


Pastel on PastelMat   12 x 9.5
 I've been having fun with this stout little girl and her tall timid friend. I had been working many long hours digitally painting illustrations and I was ready to revisit my beloved pastels, pencil and paper when I started this piece.



I was happy with the original drawing layout, but I wanted the giraffe to have more character, so he got a redo.
I traced my original drawing onto PastelMat using a light box (which doubles as my sliding glass door). I like PastelMat for illustration, because it takes a lot of layers of pastel like sanded papers, but it is much smoother, so it's easier to do a small illlustration with details.  

 
Next, I blocked in the main color with PanPastels using the large oval sponge applicator at first, then the small wands. The Pan Pastels cover a large area and blend easily. You can see their painterly effect in the clouds. Last, I finished off the details with colored pencil, though I have to admit that I'm feeling the urge to go back and define some edges a little more, since some of the detail was lost when it was photographed. 

I'm having so much fun with these two characters, that I'm sure they'll pop up in another illustration soon!

12.05.2011

IF - Brigade

This is my vision for the Illustration Friday subject this week - a brigade of peace makers, starting with one...

"Peace"
6.5 x 6.5
pastel on paper


This is another illustration that I used the process of scanning the original sketch. I then edited it in Photoshop, changing the pencil lines to black and blue. I also filled in the darkest areas with blue to avoid white paper showing through (below). I printed the photoshopped image on Canson paper and finished it with soft pastels and pastel pencils (above).

Finally, I scanned the completed illustration, printed it and tore the paper right to the edges of the image. Here's the finished product as a Christmas greeting card.

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