Wednesday, April 7, 2010

IF: Dip

Here's my (unfinished) Illustration Friday submission for "dip". My thoughts on this centered around summer and reading, two things I love!  My tagline is "Grab a Book, Jump in and get Hooked". I came up with a silly little character jumping into...water? books? with a rod hooked to books. If I could take this further it'd be a summer reading poster with a sea of words to jump into. This is drawn on a watercolor block with no room to add a sea of words or turn it into a poster. Here's where digital would come in handy, I've seen illustrators demonstrate how they can create an illustration and "cut it out" to add it to another illustrated layer. Basically moving things around without having to redraw and redesign. How fantastic is that? Must. Learn. It.

That's one reason it's not finished. The other is,when I began this I did the sketching right on the watercolor paper not planning what I really wanted it to become. I didn't add a background prior to finishing and know if I go back now I will mess it up. Not too much of a problem except for the glass of spilling milk-see it? It's incomplete because milk is white. I need a background color to bring it out! Unless it's chocolate...what do you think?

13 comments:

Debbie Clandening said...

I love your happy little character.

Leen Christens said...

I like your ideas for the background, a sea of words would be matching. When you use water as background, you will see indeed the spilled milk better! Even though if you leave it like this it's beautifully done

Lucy said...

I think it looks fantastic as it is, really delicate and funny! I think a background could make it look even better, but I understand you are worried about ruining it!

Dayle's Painted Diary-Dayle Dodwell said...

Adorable and so funny. Beautifully done.

k.h.whitaker said...

Super cute character. There are some good tutorials on-line for photoshop. There are several methods for removing the background so you can use only your image and play around with background ideas. Send me an email if you want some help.

roberta baird said...

What a cute character!! Clever!

josh pincus is crying said...

this is terrific! You have a wonderful style!

Kristeline said...

Beautiful! The details are so great and work really well on their own, I would be really worried about adding background. How about pink strawberry milk?:)

Duncan said...

Great detail and style, love the expression on the face.

Feeling Artsy said...

Love it!!! It works with white background and you can always revisit it down the road once you've gotten it on the computer. Good luck!

emilywilsondesigns said...

BRILLIANT~ :)

Edith S White said...

I think this is lovely, fun piece!

Paige Keiser said...

What a beauty of a drawing! Gorgeous!