Wednesday, March 7, 2012

IF: Intention/The Lost Coin


I am really excited about how this illustration turned out. It came with a lot of work and rework. Here are the first two attempts:



I got about half way painting this first one and found that I was having a hard time painting the light and shadows. I had made the lighting too extreme. The composition was really cluttered with everything happening on a linear plane.  The rejoicing friends also seemed disconnected from the retrieval of the coin.










 I worked on redrawing with Sara in her studio. She let me use her light box to move my animals around and rework the back ground. I liked it and began to go over my lines with pen and realized that my new pen was a lot thicker than my normal one. So I had to trash it. I started tracing again until Sara came over turned all my illustrations upside down and told me to just start completely over. Er!.....ok. I worked and worked and took about 3 days to redraw it. But I am so glad that I did! I feel like the piece is a lot stronger.

10 comments:

  1. Holy Smokes. Great job. I agree about your first piece and the need for reworking, and applaud your hard work. It certainly paid off. Beautiful execution and characterization.

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  2. What an adorable bunch of critters! So wonderfully painted, too. Kudos on re-working until you got where you wanted to be! Many people wouldn't have the patience for that. I have to agree the frog is pretty awesome.

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  3. Beautiful. I love the ears on the rabbit holding the string - so intense. The shift in perspective made a huge difference in the feel of the piece.

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  4. Adorable. I really like the lighting of the second one--it really drives home the idea of the search, that frantic spotlighting in the wake of something lost. I especially love the sewing machine stack! They are both lovely drawings. x

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  5. I love it! Changing the perspective adds some interesting dimension to the painting. I also feel your eye is more focused on retrieving the coin more than with the other versions.

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  6. Really lovely drawing! I like your colors and the playfulness of the illustration!

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  7. LOVE. It turned out awesome.

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