Friday, September 22, 2006

Illustration Friday-Phobia

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

For this one, I painted a background in acrylic, collaged some paper over for the bottom portion, then cut out some photocopies of a snake and a bug from a clipart book and cemented them down with gel medium. Painted a frame over the edges. Scanned into Photoshop, applied a filter to give it slightly more graphic feel, and added the lettering with a blending mode. This was a quicker effort than usual. Created today, Friday, specifically for this challenge. I enjoyed the process, even though it was much quicker, more organic and more spontaneous than my usual modus operandai.

Feedback welcome!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice piece, Scott. i particularly like the redish fingerprint looking shape behind the snake. i'm gonna have to get my scanner working.. nothing digital can equal real textures like you're getting. kudos!

oh, and thanks the comments on my rant. it's good to know someone out there thinks like i do (and a tad scarey, too)
have a groovy weekend

September 22, 2006 1:11 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

I don't like spiders and snakes. Sing along. But I like the texture of your image! :-)

September 22, 2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I'm not sure if it is the filter effect or not but this has a water reflective quality that combined with your colours and placement make this very visually appealing! I totally dig it!

September 22, 2006 2:02 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

The water-reflective quality is just a result of the thick paint strokes and my scanner. The Photoshop treatment was pretty slight. Thanks!

September 22, 2006 2:08 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Very effective. And I loved the LOVE entry as well. Both images have great texture. Although, I have to admit, my phobia for creepy crawlers makes me nervous looking at this week's entry of yours.... eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek~!

September 22, 2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger Halloweenville said...

ahhh!!! scarY!!

September 22, 2006 3:00 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

your collage is always much fun to see!

September 22, 2006 4:07 PM  
Blogger Random York said...

I think you did a much better job than I did regarding phobias!

September 22, 2006 4:13 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

This is very cool! I like t a lot, like the design work!

I'm not afraid of snakes or bugs, but working at a science museum giving snake tals, I met a lot of people who are. I rather like them myself!

I love the illo, though!!! Mary :-D Imagik!

September 22, 2006 4:49 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Thanks for your comment. I would like to add that I am not personally afraid of snakes or bugs, and rather find them fascinating. I guess I didn't dig too deep or try to make this to personal.

September 22, 2006 4:53 PM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

looks good for a quickie

September 22, 2006 6:04 PM  
Blogger Lady Guedes said...

I am afraid of snakes. I am very afraid of snakes. I am so afraid of snakes that I cannot even try to draw one!

September 22, 2006 7:09 PM  
Blogger Lea said...

looks good and sounds like fun

September 22, 2006 8:31 PM  
Blogger Changing Journey said...

great job. i loved the way the text plays into the rest of it.

September 22, 2006 11:19 PM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

nice job! I like your collage technique and the colours...and I'm terribly scared by snakes
tnx for your comment on "change"

September 22, 2006 11:42 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

great stuff, scott! nice one!

September 23, 2006 8:26 AM  
Blogger JO said...

Great collage, nicely done.

September 23, 2006 9:21 AM  
Blogger mrs. b. said...

i like this, very gritty with the typeface! The colors work well together and I like the black and white 'phobias' standing out! nice!

September 23, 2006 10:38 AM  
Blogger georg said...

You've caught one of my phobias - so I think, the image is scaring!
It's great - the orange cirkel makes it spooky.

September 23, 2006 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Rowbean said...

Hey, Scott!! Finally responding to your email. Nice site and nice pieces. I haven't seen your work in a while. It's so sad... I rarely spend any time working on my art now. The same 2 pieces are sitting on my art table for everyone to see--like I just started them this month. Nope--try 3-4 years ago. Ouch. I'm in the mood until I get home. Then I find too much other stuff to do, or I just eventually sleep. Probably not the best idea having the art table next to the bed. ;) At least on my last vacation, I put my old camera to some good use. I'm saving up funds to have the pictures developed. lol Take care!

September 23, 2006 9:49 PM  
Blogger swahnen said...

I like your collagestyle, keep it up!

September 24, 2006 1:34 AM  
Blogger String said...

Nice style, composition and colour - feels summery to me and in the SWest bugs and snakes are part of summer days!

September 24, 2006 3:23 AM  
Blogger Salix Tree said...

Good colors for this pic!
Is that a weevil? ACK! Weavils are evil! They dissappear at will to another dimension, only to re-appear somewhere else in an instant! Freaks me out!

September 24, 2006 4:44 AM  
Blogger kg said...

gah, i *hate* bugs! love hearing your process in detail. you've inspired me to try my hand at more mixed media / collage art.

ps your 'love' poster (card?) is really great - love the weathered texture.

September 24, 2006 7:22 AM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Nice. Very powerful. I love the tree-esque rings of red haloing out from the snake's head, like he's ground zero of the viewer's phobia.

September 24, 2006 10:17 AM  
Blogger Desa said...

Really cool texture and color combination,..Nice job!

September 24, 2006 10:22 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thanks for the message Scott!
Hope you're doing well...take care..


September 24, 2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger Adolfo said...

Me encanta esta gráfica su concepto esta bien logrado, quizá yo hubiese puesto el escarabajo completo sin cortarlo y le hubiese dado un mejor o mas nitido tratamiento a la serpiente y al escarabajo como elementos centrales en la fobia a ellos

September 25, 2006 6:20 AM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

This would have taken me a month or so to do. You must be working in "bullet time"!

September 25, 2006 7:50 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Such a process! Yet worth it!!!

September 25, 2006 8:51 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

This is a really groovy collage! I like the warm colors and the organic feel of the red lines behind the snake. It looks like a bloody fingerprint. Thanks for all the detailed info that you always provide for everybody!

September 25, 2006 1:17 PM  
Blogger Loni said...

Great texture! Awesome idea of mixing mediums. Great entry, as usual :) Thank you for telling your process too!

September 25, 2006 7:45 PM  
Blogger rachel stoleru said...

lovely collage! i love the textures and the cut-outs. i have a few comments, since you said once you would love to hear good and bad, i'ld share them.
i think you can add some paint over the animals, they don't have to remain so clean, they look a bit detached from the background. i think the tipography would look better if the letters were added in the same technique, either by cutting ready mades from a magazine, or by creating your own from another colored paper.
well done, and thanks for always commenting at my blog :-)

September 25, 2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Great technique and beautiful results, compelling, and the colors are fab!

September 26, 2006 5:41 PM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Ahhh! Snakers, and bugs. It looks like the bug is going to battle the snake he-he

September 26, 2006 7:58 PM  
Blogger jim bradshaw said...

Nice texture. I like. I'm into the heart illustration too. You have something going with the woven technique.

September 27, 2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Really nice effect you have achieved here!

September 27, 2006 6:08 PM  
Blogger John A. Walsh said...

The aspct of this illustration that I like th emost is the red "BAD VIBE" coming off of the snake. Well done.

September 28, 2006 5:12 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

The spontaneous and organic have combined to make a wonderful illustration. The colors and textures give an unsettled feel here. Great to be let in on the process.

Don't have much of a problem with snakes, as my father used to bring gopher snakes into the house from time to time, wrapped around his arm and hidden under his sleeve with just their heads sticking out in his palm when he'd go to shake hands. What a card. Of course he'd let them go in the garden to help control the pests.

September 28, 2006 6:48 AM  
Blogger DEW said...

This is great! I just love how you share your process and also how you never seem to execute a challenge using the same techniques! You are very smart this way - always exploring different approaches! BTW I really love how you added your lettering! It's always fun to visit your blog!

September 29, 2006 6:16 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

can you cut a snake open and count it's rings to tell its age? Groovie collage!

October 01, 2006 7:18 AM  
Blogger buhnk said...

Niiiiiiiiie shot!! very beauty illustration!

October 07, 2006 10:54 AM  

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