Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Illustration Friday: Yield

Here is my entry for this week's Illustration Friday. I am realizing that my schedule may not allow me to submit an illustration every week, but it is a good feeling to know you always have a project on the back table when you want to experiment a bit.

This week I tried something new by adding just a few hints of color on the computer once I scanned in the drawing. I am excited by the potential of working in this way, but I quickly realized that I need to do a lot of experimentation/reading about how to best implement Photoshop to the task.

This drawing also has a secret: there was a whole second half to the drawing that I cut out. I had drawn a bunch of mean looking figures and creatures to the right, who were confronting the little girl. I came to realize, however, that they were only distracting from the girl, so they were reluctantly eliminated. It is a better drawing for it, though.


  1. I really like your style, and the determined demeanor of the girl. Question, though.... Is she supposed to be pushing back at something with volume, or is that supposed to be a void? It looks like volume, which is a little confusing, ebe ause it also looks like that volume is behind the plane of the floor....as are the lovely swirls.....

  2. Really cool! I love all your excellent pen work and textures. Nice job with the bits of color. I'll agree a bit with the above commenter, in that I'm not sure if she's manipulating the swirly cloud side, or the darker side. Either way, still really cool and well done!

  3. Thank you both very much for your comments. I am especially glad to hear you think the color is working. It had been making me nervous.

    In regards to your questions regarding the void/dark space, you caught me. I do no really know myself what is going on. Originally I had it as light, but the drawing did not seem to hold together so I do what I usually do when I am at a loss, I start cross-hatching.

    I am not sure either, what happened with the ground. Odd things happen when you are not careful.

  4. I love your pen work - so fine and detailed! I also like the bits of color. I think you did a nice job of adding just touches of color and helps bring the focus on the girl.

  5. Illustration Friday, for me, is the perfect excuse to try things I never normally would. It’s nice to know that it’s pressure free -- no harsh critiques or pissing contests going on between the artists; just good natured feedback. In regards to the original intent of your drawing taking on a new direction, I think the best artistic progress is always made after you get a little lost in a drawing. It’s how we learn what works and what doesn’t. In any case, the contrast in textures is especially beautiful… looking forward to seeing some future submissions.

    1. Thank you Alicia. You are completely right regarding IF being a great way to work in a pressure free environment. It really does encourage you to try something new.

      Being lost is the first step in discovering a new path.

      I just checked out your blog and your illustrations really have a great spontaneous quality to them. The expressions on the children are grand.

      I hope to see your work on IF in the future as well.

      P.S. You are no relation to Charles Stucky, by chance? He was a brilliant art history professor I had several years back.

  6. Great work Landis. I think you made the right decision by leaving the men out as you have left a bit of mystery. I like your pen technique also....

  7. Your textures are nice. I am intrigued by your hidden characters. I learn the most when I wrestle with my work! Good stuff.

  8. This is wonderful. I feel the tension.
    I wonder, is she pulling aside a curtain of hair, a sinewy giants arm, a billowy fabric, who knows?
    I like this. Great illustration.