SWAMP

I couldn’t help myself on this one… Since the word was “Swamp,” I really wanted to paint a swamp monster. At first I thought of doing a vintage poster with a contemporary twist. But then this crazy idea hit me, and I had to paint it. I know it’s gross, but it makes me smile.

INTENTION

 

This week’s word for Illustration Friday is “Intention.” With a few other projects on my plate, I wasn’t able to dedicate much time to this piece. But I still love this little hopeful elephant, intent on enjoying the new iPad, oblivious to the difficulty which will arise when he tries to use it with his wide feet.

CAPABLE

This is my second contribution for Illustration Friday. The word this week is “capable.” The idea of a little girl in charge of something or someone appealed to me. I thought of a little girl getting a line of dogs to sit and behave, or a giant horse listening to her commands. But then I thought of a little girl taking care of her pet dog. So here a little girl tends to the imaginary boo-boo’s of the family pet, confident that her care will help. Although humorous, I am illustrating that we become capable through practice.

An issue I’d love feedback on with this illustration is the race of the little girl. While I have painted many different ages and races in a life painting class, simplifying features in an illustration seems tricky. I want to draw as many different characters as I see around me in New York city. But I also want to be careful that they are not caricatures of a race, and retain dignity. Preferably, I’d like viewers to not even really notice the race difference of the characters I am painting, as that would mean they look natural in their setting.

FLUID

This is my first contribution for Illustration Friday. The word this week is “Fluid” and I found this image from January that seems to fit that idea. I was drawing graceful curves, then fit a character into the line. This one turned into a dancer after I drew the hem of her dress.For Illustration Friday