This is a piece originally intended for SCBWI’s monthly #drawthis prompt, but I got a little behind because I had other work that required my attention. Anyway, I liked the idea, and the drawing made me smile, so I wanted to finish it. This was hand drawn and digitally colored with Illustrator this time. (So if anyone needs this on the side of a bus, it can be scaled that large, without pixelating the image. I’m just saying.) There are many ways that I enjoy working, both by hand and digitally.
Really, I am still playing with style. This feels caught between pseudo-realistic and simplistic. Character design limbo!!!
I really would like a Wacom tablet, along with a new macbook, so I could practice the Adobe more away from the office. For now, I do this fun stuff at break and after work. Luckily enough, sketchbooks are cheap and portable…and need no power source!
This was drawn and inked in my sketchbook, then colored in Photoshop. Photoshop seems limitless; I feel I am narrowing down to what I really like to use.
Due to some technical difficulties on Monday, my computer was down…all. day.
It is alarming how reliant I have become on this machine, but it is my own gallery wall, connection to the world at large, etc.
At least I got this drawing all figured out. The concept is a “borrow” from Gemma Correll; you should all check out her work. She has it down.
I find myself struggling with style at the moment…I want it to be simpler, but all my schooling comes back and I start futzing with head proportions. It really IS harder to simplify one’s style than become more and more realistic, at least for this artist. When dealing in realism, there seems to be an endpoint one can reach, but with simplification and abstraction…well, that’s to each artist’s own discretion. It’s all a grand experiment…my best friend/cousin/favorite graphic designer (who I had the pleasure of seeing this weekend) suggested I make a return to hand written/drawn type. Reebs, this one’s for you!
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