This is an illustration concept/color study for my picture book, QUINCY. He’s got a touch of stagefright…
I just finished this watercolor painting for another project, but I think it evokes “peace.” This is my husband’s grandmother, in the Veneto region of Italy.
Just a quick scribble to get back into the swing of things with Illustration Friday. This week’s word reminds me of the repetitive nature of babysitting/parenthood. I love my child to pieces–of course–but the monotony of day to day care can wear out anyone.
This isn’t the most sophisticated concept for the word survival, but I enjoyed drawing a fish closing in on a dragonfly.
This is a character for a story I am working on. He is searching for the lion he befriended as a boy.
This sketch show’s the boy’s shadow revealing a bit of a crush on his friend.
I have so many lizard sketches and paintings, but when my adorable neighbor stopped by and wanted me to draw her, I thought this could pass as a submission for PONYTAIL. She is a terrific model–she painted while I painted. Far better than drawing someone watching tv. Her expressions were engaged in what she was doing, while tv watchers always come across as zombies.
My son asked if we could draw before he started his homework. I said sure. Of course! So we decided to do something for Illustration Friday. This week’s word is ENERGY. This little creature has just had the first sip of her coffee in the morning… Something I can relate to.
I was mucking around with this image, and realize it’s probably the least powerful image to go with the IF word of the week. Perhaps it represents lack of power? I know it’s a stretch. Just wanted to post something new.
Surveillance is the topic for this week’s Illustration Friday. And look what I just found… on the floor. No idea who drew this. Could have been anyone.
This is a page from a book dummy of mine.
Two versions for “tension” this week…
As I am working on a deadline for another project, this is just a simple 2-minute sketch.
Here is a simple doodle for FUTURE. This topic has endless possible interpretations… so I may post another one before next Friday. This is my version of student drivers in the future.
Using the characters from the last week’s word, I thought the little boy with the viking hat could train his new pet.
I’m still working on this oil painting, and the camera phone is taking fuzzy photos – but I still thought it was worth throwing this on the site for Illustration Friday.
Here is a quick watercolor for my version of URBAN. I had sketched out some funnier cartoons, but I decided on something simpler. I have seen folks hang out frm their apartment windows in the North End in Boston, in urban areas in Italian cities, and from time to time, in New York city. Although I don’t smoke, I stare out the window sometimes myself.
This week’s topic for IF was a little Easter-oriented, but this doodle came out instead. It’s either an exploration of self-doubt or the need for a career change. Below the new cartoon is a watercolor I did in September 2012.
The word this week is “Yesterday.” My version is how I entertained myself as a kid.
I know this is a stretch, but I needed something for whisper. Imagine the cellist playing very softly. In reality, the musician at Chelsea Market was playing very lively classical music. I sat about 5 feet away at a table in the main corridor with my husband, enjoying the music while sketching.
Totally silly. I apologize to any Goth fans out there.
This version of Medusa as a mythological creature was painted quickly in oils, then the color altered slightly in PhotoShop. Lots more detail could go into this image, but at the moment I am a bit too busy. Will be fun to add to it later.
A fancy peacock would of course, create a fancy snow angel. But the penguin thinks the peacock is just showing off.
This is a very quick scribble I did before going on a sketch crawl with a friend of mine. It was the first idea that popped into my mind, but I couldn’t resist. If I have time to do another one, I will dig deeper. But sometimes a happy cat stretching in a sun spot is enough.
Although I’m on vacation in a house with two adorable cats and a dog, I wanted to draw something less obvious – like a camel or a catfish. I saw photos of camels that were cute, but the catish whiskers were longer and more dramatic. The pencil I was using didn’t get dark enough, but it’s the best I could do away from my usual art supplies.
So in the spirit of quick sketches before getting into the work of the day, here is my ideal tree sketch. A great old oak with a tire swing. Enjoy!
Just a super quick sketch to enter Illustration Friday this week.