Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Illustration Friday-Ghost

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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "Ghost".

For last week's "Smitten" I drew a squashed mosquito. (I posted it late, after the week was over.) I already knew that "Ghost" was the topic for this week, so it made sense to be a bit economical, and get caught up too. So, I took the bug which I'd drawn in Freehand, and modified it so I had two bug shapes, a more squashed one and a more resurrected one. I painted a new background with acrylics, thinking about my dead bug rising again into the night. I scanned and then brought in the two bug shapes into Photoshop and played around until everything looked unified (hopefully).

In the second image I show a variation, trying to get a more upward sense of movement and more transparency.

What do you think? Let me know. Also, I've posted a bunch of other recent illustrations. Feel free to browse. If you break it you buy it!!! Be sure to look at "Smitten" to see the difference.


Blogger Salix Tree said...

Loving your work a few posts down, the plants and the bird and the Love collages. Nicely done!
For the "ghost" subject, I hope you don't mind if I critique it? I feel it would work better if the insect's ghost were more transparent, maybe try stretching or blurring the image slightly?

October 25, 2006 2:56 AM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

it has a nice print like feel to it. also like the way u did the bkgd. the whole piece has a graphic feel to it

October 25, 2006 3:44 AM  
Blogger Issi said...

hu hu hu :o)
great work,
thank you for comment,
Best Wishes,

October 25, 2006 3:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Illustrationblog..
great work....as always. Thanks for stopping by...

October 25, 2006 5:27 AM  
Blogger Mauricio said...


Another great work! congratulations

I like so much
Hugs from Brazil

October 25, 2006 5:35 AM  
Blogger Kumikob said...

Great recycling!
I like the way you have combined the mossies with the painted background in "ghost" but I prefer the 'smitten' visual for its textures.

October 25, 2006 6:09 AM  
Blogger emo said...

i like your illustration, esp the colors, and the content is really nice.

thanks for your comment.

October 25, 2006 6:51 AM  
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

A fresh look at the theme. I can't believe you get those kind of textures in freehand. I always get such flat boring things (even though I love the program - I use it for more tecnical work). I looked at other illustrations below and I love your use of orange in your illustrations. I find it a hard color to work with and you use is so successfully.

October 25, 2006 7:37 AM  
Blogger Mehlika said...

Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments.
I liked the work you have done, and the thought of a mosquito having a soul is really amazing (well, and horrible if we stop to think about being haunted by mosquitos:)
I also liked the previous works of yours, I think they are verry good indeed.

October 25, 2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

You've been really busy... I always like your textures and color choices, especially in the 'plant series'. The image transfer process used for your 'bird collage' is intriguing. Post more on that as you get into it, please. Great ghost illustration... sort of an Eastern take on the notion that all creatures have souls, eh? Not to get all philosophical (or theological!).

October 25, 2006 8:59 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i love the way one image can look so different and the way you spin off in many colours and moods with this creature! I love the smitten one because it really looks like a block or wood print. The colours are perfect and very native and primitive and that is so cool! The one for Black and Orange is like a beautiful collage, with delicate layers of tissue in those awesome colours and this top one looks very collaged too. They are all really great! Love them!!!

October 25, 2006 10:03 AM  
Blogger jim bradshaw said...

Very nice stuff. I missed seeing your smitten. I'm diggin' it.

October 25, 2006 12:27 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Wow! You've posted some really fine work here! I think the last time i visited was for your "chnage" illo, and now there are so many really wonderful additions. I love your insect drawings, and I really love the plant series. Excellent work!

October 25, 2006 5:07 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

cool bugs illo!

October 25, 2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

You clever fellow, it's not bad enough there are mosquitos, now we have to contend with their ghost-we're doomed, still your artwork is so good and a very creative idea for ghost!

October 25, 2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger r.prat said...

thanks for your comment!
Is it going to heaven? and its ghost is going to keep BUGGING us around ? hahah
Great illo I like it a lot! :)

October 26, 2006 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Robert McLaughlin said...

Great minds think alike! Maybe it isn't true, but our two great minds (;>) came up with the same idea of the spirit rising from the recently departed.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving comments.

October 26, 2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger Arbriel said...

I love your idea of the mosquito having a ghost, also I love that you "captured" (or squished) the derivation of smitten. I love wordplay.Lets just hope the mosquito has a "higher" calling in his next life, like NOT being a mosquito...
Thanks for coming by my blog to comment. I would love to send you a couple of cards to spread around California, perhaps they would actually comment. I haven't had many, yet and I have "released" about 15 so far.

October 26, 2006 6:17 PM  
Blogger Senta said...

I can't decide which one I like better! I think I like the top one best for the look of it, it is so graphic and looks almost screenprinted or something...but the bottom one looks more "ghostly". I especially love last week's though, the colors are awesome and I love that texture. Really cool!

October 26, 2006 6:50 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

What an original take - a ghost of a squashed mosquito and well done. Subtly gorgeous collage work. I love the subdued coloring!

October 26, 2006 9:51 PM  
Blogger the enigma said...

hah, very clever! and i enjoyed squashing mosquitos because they're so bugging..

October 27, 2006 11:12 PM  

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