Thursday, April 4, 2013

Illustration Friday: EGG

This weeks topic arrived in my in-box right before Easter. Making an image utilizing an Easter egg was just too obvious so I decided to do something with a dragon egg instead. The fairy was taking a cat nap on her mushroom seat when she was awoken by the sound of the dragon hatching. I included some other spring imagery, note the buds in frame one have opened up in frame two.

I had wanted to color this but I had waited far too long to get going on this. Stay tuned for a color version, I hope!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Play Poster: THE TEMPEST

I made this poster for the 8th grade play my husband put on with his students at the beginning of the month. The play was supposed to be on March 8th but then it was postponed due to a tempest of snow and slush that caused a snow day. It was held on March 12th, when there was another tempest, that day it was one of wind and rain.

For this poster, I made some line drawings which I scanned and then colored in Photoshop using either scanned paper textures or colors mixed in Photoshop.

Illustration Friday: SWIM Part 2

Another swimming image, this time it's of the four main swimming strokes that are swum in races: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. I call this illustration "Individual Medley". It's an event  where all four strokes are swum by one person in the order of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. So my swimmer here is swimming this event, note the direction changes. Note the swimsuit changes too, how cool would that be if that could really happen in real life? It's a painful event to swim (I've done it) so why not add some pizzaz and fun with color changing swim gear?

Illustration Friday: SWIM

I learned this song when I was at Girl Scout day camp when I was 8 years old and I always loved this song since then. I love to swim and this song is a fun song to sing because you just keep on singing it, it doesn't really end until you want it to or someone asks you to end it. Swimming is like that for me too, I can just keep on swimming and swimming until I want to stop or someone asks me to.

Monday, January 28, 2013

PLAY POSTER: A Crown of Ivy

It's that time of year again where I design a poster for my husband's student's play performance. Usually, I am given a photo of some of the cast to use on the poster, but this time, the photographer wasn't available. So I had the option of illustrating the poster. It could've been an all type poster but the subject matter of the play (which my husband wrote especially for his 6th grade students) screamed for a more Victorian look. I only had the weekend in which to do it and it's been ages since I've drawn in this way, so I was a little nervous. So I spread some books with art by Arthur Rackham, Tony diTerlizzi and Brian and Wendy Froud on the table for inspiration and got to work. I didn't include a background to keep it simple (and also because I just didn't have the time.) The boy and the fairy are pencil drawings that I scanned, the color was done in Photoshop and the background is a pattern that I keep around for projects like this.

Here's the pencil drawing: