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!