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.

9 comments:

  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.....

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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    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.

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  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....

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

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  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.

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