Monday, December 5, 2011

Illustration Friday: Brigade

I was inspired by Cindy D to do a process post of my own this week. Here's how a doodle of some capering carrots turned into a finished piece.

Original sketch:


I rediscovered these guys while flipping through an old sketchbook and thought they deserved a little more attention. I then played around with adding a fourth carrot friend and putting them on a hill rather than on flat ground:


My husband commented that they looked like they were part of a carrot army (though that last one is showing an appalling lack of discipline), and I agreed that it might be more fun to draw them all scattered about. So I transfered them to tracing paper and moved them around until I found positions I liked:


Then all that was left was to figure out the colors and materials! This ought to have been easy, since for a while now I've been concentrating on a mix of colored pencils, soft pastels, and conté crayons, and I was also pretty sure that the carrots ought to be orange, the sky blue, and the grass green, but I managed to make some ugly stuff before arriving at this:


And then- taa-daah!- carrots on parade!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Illustration Friday: Round


I know that in real life pufferfish puff when they feel threatened, but I think this guy's just been pleasantly surprised!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Illustration Friday: Vanity


I call this "Hickory Dickory Contemplates the Inevitability of Death." Kind of scary, huh?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Professor Rabbit


Professor Rabbit is invested in student success. But I think this particular student would much rather be playing ball with his friends out the window!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Illustration Friday: Silent


This picture was inspired by a book I just read, Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One's Own, edited by Sarah Carter. It's a collection of first-hand accounts of single women homesteading in Montana in the early part of the 20th century. In my favorite chapter, Ada Melville Shaw describes the winters alone on the prairie as follows: "From my windows all I could see was blazing empty stillness with the silent mountains on the horizon and at night the silent wheel of the pitiless stars. Not a cloud in the sky, not a shadow on the ground, not a sound in the world save the creak and snap of the wee house's timbers." Understandably, all that quiet drives her a little nuts, and after a particularly isolating storm she goes to her back door, bangs on a pan with a big iron spoon, and yells to her nearest neighbor: "A.Q.! If you don't come in here and talk to me I shall go crazy!" So even though this drawing seems to be a peaceful prairie scene, maybe instead we should imagine the inhabitant of the little house banging on a pan in search of some company!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Walrus family portrait


Of all the things I've made in the past few weeks, these guys are my favorite. I can picture this hanging in their living room, or maybe as an annual Christmas card! And the colors sort of put me in the mood for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Eliza and her armadillo


I imagine this to be like a Mary-had-a-little-lamb scenario, only with an armadillo!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

English lessons


Another bilingual animal! He takes his studies very seriously. The caption reads: Nowadays even hedgehogs have to learn English!

Hund! Dog!


I painted these guys about a year ago for some bilingual friends who were having a baby. Isn't it nice that "Ball" is the same in both languages?

Cinderella takes a break