Here is my submission to Illustration Friday. It's the underpainting and I wanted to do more but the week caught up to me. This is my fantasy. My two girls in harmony of spirit and song. Maybe someday. le sigh.
I've been working on this on an off for a few weeks but decided to submit it to illustration friday. This week's word is hidden so I thought this was appropriate. One of the things I really like to do is go garage sale-ing for cheap prints that people don't want anymore (for instance, this colored picture of Garden of the Gods cost me $1 with a wonderful gold frame) and then paint something into them. After I made a few of these, I learned that some artists call this detournement. I just like making them.
So yesterday I posted my final illustration for Illustration Friday, but I also wanted to share the original sketch I drew for the project. This is a little, well, alot more realistic version of the final image. Now why didn't I finish this image as opposed the the more cartoony one? I think it is because I am trying to get a grasp on a style that is my own. I think there is an inclination (at least for me) to start off wanting to be realistic to show, at least to myself, that I can do it. I also have a tendency to want to go in a million directions at once and the harder thing for me to do is buckle down and say this is the path I am walking on now. Some people call it branding their style and artists and creative types probably don't want to box themselves in in that way. They can be a photographer, a graphic designer, a film maker, an illustrator ( I write these because these are all skills that I have, yours might be a little different) but to be all of those things…
Here is my entry for this weeks Illustration Friday. The word this week was lush, and the first thing I thought of was a mustache and I went with it. And for further inspiration, I chose to put it on my loose interpretation of Bill Murray. I hope you enjoy.