Friday, September 08, 2006

Illustration Friday-Farm

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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "farm" topic.

I decided that I wanted to try a collage style, forcing myself to do as much as I could NOT on the computer this time. I first thought of my composition. Then I did a pencil sketch of a cow with graphite. I painted a chicken with acrylic paint. I painted "farm rows" with watercolors. I actually painted two sets of rows. Then I cut one into vertical strips, and the second one into horizontal strips and wove them together for extra visual interest. I drew the carrots in Freehand, and ripped a paper strip for the earth behind the carrots. I scanned everything in separately and then recomposed things into my original composition. I added drop shadows in Photoshop to simulate a cut paper effect on the pieces, and ran a few filters on a few things.

This is unlike any previous illustrations I've done. I did this all today for the IF challenge.

I may come back and rework things for a different verision.

I'd love your feedback.


Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Hi! I love this different style you did....very cool! I like it a lot. Great job! Thanks for the wonderful message....Take care.

September 08, 2006 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Robert McLaughlin said...

I can tell that you put a lot of work into this folk-art style piece. Thanks for the kind comments on my post.

September 08, 2006 9:56 PM  
Blogger georg said...

Very interesting to hear, how you've done it. I like the carrots very much. Maybee the cow and chicken could be without white around? maybee this is the best - I'm only curious to see. Very nice work!

September 08, 2006 11:54 PM  
Anonymous benconservato said...

I love the style too! Ot love your chooky... it is a nice change from the pigs I have seen.

September 09, 2006 12:11 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

You have really capture the meaning of the word *illustration*! :) Illustration has to enhance the idea of what subject it is made for. And you have really created here the idea of farm. Your composition is excellent. You draw very well. Nice animals! And the small carrots add a funny touch to all of that. This is a very nice illo! And cool to work with our hands from time to time! :D

September 09, 2006 5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like this one much better than last week's.. and the old school low tech approach is refreshing. great job.


September 09, 2006 5:28 AM  
Blogger kg said...

this is really cool and original. and thanks for detailing your process. i love when others share how they've created their work.

September 09, 2006 6:31 AM  
Blogger murphy girl said...

i love it, very creative, the carrots are great!

September 09, 2006 6:40 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

This collage rocks! I like how you made the drop shadows to give it the 3D effect. And your chicken is fantastic.

September 09, 2006 8:29 AM  
Blogger Catalina said...

I like it, so different, nice job

September 09, 2006 8:37 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I like this, I love the woven background. Mary, IMAGIK

September 09, 2006 8:54 AM  
Blogger trophiogrande said...

Nice colláge! It fits the topic really well and I could see this image being used as a farm magazine or newspaper illo.

September 09, 2006 11:54 AM  
Blogger Nat said...

I like the collage-y style of this. Nice job!

September 09, 2006 3:33 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

coool style!! love the animals!

September 09, 2006 6:07 PM  
Blogger MsDabble said...

Love the background. It draws the eye but doesn't overwhelm the other details.

September 09, 2006 6:20 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

What's to re-work? This is great. Your 'woven' farm rows work as a patchwork of fields seen from above; the animals are beautifully rendered; and the carrots balance the whole thing wonderfully.

September 10, 2006 6:41 AM  
Blogger Kumikob said...

Like the new style! It's great fun to experiment. Agree that the carrots are a great touch.

September 11, 2006 12:13 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

this came out really well. I enjoyed reading your process. Love the farm animals!

September 11, 2006 1:52 AM  
Blogger himavant said...

real work of art! great work!

September 11, 2006 5:55 AM  
Blogger Gabrielle said...

It sounds like you had just a blast making this and it really shows! Great job!

September 11, 2006 7:02 AM  
Blogger zann said...

Wow, way to branch out. That's excellent. I really like how your cow looks amid all of it. And particularly the "basket weave" background, gives it even more of a farm feel. Fun stuff :)

September 11, 2006 1:36 PM  
Blogger DEW said...

What a fabulous illo! I love that you post art specifically done for IF. I love all the elements but I especially love the cow. Thank you for explaining how you did everything! It is just icing on the cake of a wonderful illo!

September 11, 2006 6:04 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Thanks for the fine comment! Sounds like you and I are doing blogs for very similar reasons. Here's to you! After looking through your stuff it looks like you are developing a style.
Keep it up.

September 11, 2006 10:13 PM  
Blogger jose benito said...

:D nice!

September 11, 2006 10:49 PM  
Blogger constanthing said...

Very interesting mix of medium, I especially like the woolly calf, very nice texture.

September 12, 2006 7:38 AM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

the textured feathers on the chicken is great!

September 12, 2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger Natura said...

Like the change, great work, like it a lot, specially textures!

September 13, 2006 9:04 AM  
Blogger JulPer said...

Thank's for the comment.

I like your style, is refreshing and original

September 13, 2006 9:15 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Fun way to try something new! Great job! For whatever reason, I love the carrots! Maybe I have a soft spot for vegetables! :o)

September 13, 2006 9:25 AM  
Blogger r.prat said...

Thanks for the comment!

It looks great...I really like the way you applied the effects and the carrots are beautiful :)

September 13, 2006 10:14 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

This is fresh, you can notice it at first sight. The green makes me think of lettuce, then combine the carrots and the cow and you got yourself the theme of the week perfectly executed! Good job.

September 13, 2006 12:01 PM  
Blogger John said...

I can't decide on my favourite aspect of this - the use of the cut-out and shadow to link the different techniques, or the woven background. Love the fact that you bothered to do that! And got them to link up in a very coherent pattern, my brain hurts thinking about it.

September 13, 2006 1:57 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Really liking the woven background and the whole cut paper effect!

September 13, 2006 3:13 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI thanks for the message! :)

September 13, 2006 5:26 PM  
Blogger Maria Eugenia said...

hi Scott! Thanks a lot!

September 13, 2006 8:55 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Scott! Got your message..
Thanks... :)

September 13, 2006 9:37 PM  
Blogger Loni said...

What a great way to challenge yourself! I love how you explained what your process was. You did an excellent job and should feel very proud for the way it turned out. Very cool!

September 14, 2006 11:03 AM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Cool collage!

September 14, 2006 8:41 PM  
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September 15, 2006 6:21 AM  
Blogger madmyke said...

I'm diggin' your blog, good stuff. I will be sure to check it out regularly. Thanx for your support at my MONSTER BLOG. Bless up.

September 15, 2006 6:24 AM  
Anonymous jimmy said...

Thanks. Pretty colors.

September 18, 2006 2:21 PM  

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