Monday, December 18, 2006

Illustration Friday-Help






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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "Help" topic. My inspiration was Nicole Richie's recent turn of events, which is a clear cry for HELP. Portrait-type illustration is NOT my specialty, as I have done very little of it. So this was welcome practice. Your feedback is always appreciated!!! Compliments are nice, but anything truly constructive will make me a better illustrator, which is my goal! This was created FRESH for the IF challenge.

The first image is basically my Freehand drawing, but colored in Photoshop.

The second two are variations using Photoshop filters.

And the last one is the inspiration photo from The Smoking Gun web site.

Been totally swamped the last few weeks, so I'm behind on things!

36 Comments:

Blogger ChuckTaylor said...

I love the image, I like the first one the best.

Sorry i dont have anything constructive to say, I just like it thats all.

December 18, 2006 11:38 PM  
Blogger buep said...

Not bad! I like them both. The woman really needs help! Anyway, if you want some more practice, there are quite nice and useful tutorials to do, for example: http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/tutorials/
Your might illo is also a great one! I didn't see it before. Lovely colors!

December 19, 2006 2:47 AM  
Blogger georg said...

I like your portraits, most the first one. I think, in the darkest one, with the black, there's too big contrasts, and in the second there is small inexactitudes, which disturbs the image a little.

Your image interpretes the photo in an expressive way - I think it's great.

December 19, 2006 3:03 AM  
Blogger demosthenes said...

i like the stylization of the face you did.. it gives that "third world starving child" look.

personally i think the third one really gets that point across.. it is disturbing like georg said, but that just emphasizes the point.

as for constructive comments.. stylization is fine for something like this, but if you plan on doing a lot of portraits i'd recommend taking anatomy classes, and/or life drawing. having a solid understanding of bone and muscle structure is always helpful.

side note: thank you very much for the comment and your prayers. they are greatly appreciated.
the answer to your question is: yes i did.

happy holidays, buddy!
my prayers go with you too

December 19, 2006 6:42 AM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

In your face "help", very dramatic, very compelling, and I love the process as well.
The likeness is fab and the "HELP" written across her chest really drives the point home.
Big WOW!

December 19, 2006 9:33 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Hi Scott...they're all very good. Yours reminds me of a lino cut which I find hard to do. I like the drama in your drawing a lot! The others are compelling as well. As far as I can see from all of your blogs, you are continually growing as an artist!
Thanks for all of your nice comments. Happy Holidays!

December 19, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I had a hunchit was Nicole. She looks good and scary (very "Thriller" video-like) in the first frame. You are bold to take on caricatures...I find them very challenging. Nice job!

December 19, 2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger Bearuh said...

VERY NICE!!! as for your question..I don't know why small things are automatically cute but I guess almost all large things are scary huh.. like godzilla

December 19, 2006 10:27 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I can't really critique this, it is very well done and really drives home the point! Visually I love the 2nd onebecauses of the colours but probably the 3rd one has more scary impact!
Aside: Topanga is between Malibu and Santa Monica it is considered the Santa Monica Moutains. I love Ventura it is a very quaint old fashioned little town. Of course I love all the old homes there!

December 19, 2006 10:55 AM  
Blogger letile said...

quite interesting techique! Powerful image.

December 19, 2006 10:55 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

great work scott!

December 19, 2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Oh boy, you nailed this one, Scott. Great take on the subject and a timely warning as well. The subtle technique works so well with the color palette you chose.

December 19, 2006 12:48 PM  
Blogger md said...

top one great lookin graphic piece

December 19, 2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger Mia (a.k.a."The Great Blogbina") said...

Neat work! It's very subjective, of course, but right now I think my favorite is the third one ...(or the one just above the actual photograph.)I appreciate the striking contrast of color and drama of the image.

December 19, 2006 4:34 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Here's a vote for the top one...the 'dark one' has a cartoon zombie comic book feel...the muted colors on the top one tends to humanize the person a bit more...

December 19, 2006 7:38 PM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Hi Scott,

I like your attitude toward those who "behave badly". So many Christians from the "Church of the Sourpuss" are tainted with disdain for others. It's great for you to see beyond Nicole's behavior and into her heart, and perceive her cry for help.

I like the FreeHand illustration at the top.

I'll answer your other questions by posting to my blog...

Ciao,
Roberto

December 19, 2006 7:51 PM  
Blogger mrs. b. said...

I think the last one is the most dramatic, but I like the colors on the first one, maybe a bit darker brown, I think your overall technique is stellar. Portraiture is something I cannot do at all (things get exagerrated on their own, I can't help it)! Bravo!

December 19, 2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Can't make up my mind 'tween the 2nd and 3rd ones. The circles under the eyes seem a little heavy-handed to me (maybe too 'zombie', as someone above noted), but they're valid for stressing emptiness, I guess. I like the color choices, which maybe has me leaning toward the 2nd over the 3rd.
By the way, I didn't recognize Nicole in the mugshot photo. It's not the 'glam' shots you see glaring at you while waiting in the checkout line at the market. Much more attractive here (even though the circumstances were sad).

December 20, 2006 6:56 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

I think my favorite is the very first. I like the linework.

December 20, 2006 9:45 AM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

I could tell it was her right away - The line work in the top is very dramatic and fantastic - it really drives the point home (no pun intended)

Thanks for visiting ElizaDeath!

December 20, 2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger ecm said...

Nice work! I like the top illo best as it shows a really good line sensitivity and use of shape. The palette is also very good. Reminds me of lino cut work. Hmmm...you nailed the subject matter. Nicole Ritchie's eyes scream "help me"!

December 20, 2006 1:12 PM  
Blogger Design Roach said...

Scott, I like the first one from the top. She really looks like she needs help - especially with the lines under her eyes and the mood the colors set - nice job.

I finally posted mine today. I've had a lot going on this month.

December 20, 2006 1:52 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Can't make up my mind 'tween the 2nd and 3rd ones. The circles under the eyes seem a little heavy-handed to me (maybe too 'zombie', as someone above noted), but they're valid for stressing emptiness, I guess. I like the color choices, which maybe has me leaning toward the 2nd over the 3rd.
By the way, I didn't recognize Nicole in the mugshot photo. It's not the 'glam' shots you see glaring at you while waiting in the checkout line at the market. Much more attractive here (even though the circumstances were sad).

December 20, 2006 4:38 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Oh, man... sorry about the double comment... the one I tried to send this a.m. never showed, I thought.... kept saying 'waiting for blogger'... so I made a copy of what I was trying to send and resent this afternoon... and THEN I saw that the first one was there all the time... sorry.

December 20, 2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

I always look forward to your posts. Beautiful renderings, as usual.

December 20, 2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

They're all poignant and compelling!

December 21, 2006 3:18 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

wow scott at 1st glance i thought the photo was digitaly altered, then i read your comments. you have a good eye for sure. I like the 3rd one best its dramatic and makes a stong point. i like your technique

December 21, 2006 11:00 PM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Wicked! They seem to get more sinister with each one.

December 23, 2006 8:17 AM  
Blogger Lyrically speaking said...

Wow, that's deep

December 26, 2006 5:43 AM  
Blogger frank h said...

GREAT illos, Scott! - they are wonderful - Congrats!!!

December 26, 2006 8:36 AM  
Blogger constance said...

That's very unique and dramatic :) Very good effect.

Anyway, i hope I'm not too late in wishing you a blessed Christmas :) Hope you've had a great time with your loved ones yesterday!

December 26, 2006 8:36 AM  
Blogger malaƱo said...

este es un nuevo blg de ilustraciones, collage y bocetos.
visitalo y deja un comentario, si te de ganas
gracias

December 28, 2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger jim bradshaw said...

I like the poster look you got here. The colors give it a nice look. Happy new year Scott.

December 30, 2006 2:20 PM  
Blogger Big A said...

great job here!

January 04, 2007 2:27 PM  
Blogger ychy said...

this is GREAT! I LOVED

January 25, 2007 4:45 AM  
Blogger El leo said...

hey bro. nice work. i like so much the first one. the color scheme, great, easy to make it in silk screen, but maybe with a darker brown. not as black as the third one..

February 12, 2007 9:14 AM  

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