Sunday, February 04, 2007

Illustration Friday-Sprout

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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "Sprout" topic. I created this specifically for the challenge. I did nearly all the work in Photoshop, with a bit in Freehand, which is the opposite of what I've mostly been doing lately.

I actually was going to use natural media for this one, but I just got going and this sort of had a life of it's own. I hope you like it. The last few weeks have been filled with extreme frustration, and I find it very difficult to be creative when frustrated. Anyway, the frustration is over and I feel more creative each day. And that's a good thing. And this is my first creative effort post-major frustration. Here's to more peaceful times ahead!

I just posted my "Red" illustration as well, so check that out too!

All feedback is welcome, please.


Anonymous put out the big light said...

this is really amazing... i love all the layers... it is refreshing, too!

February 04, 2007 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice concept and pic: michael dailey

February 04, 2007 7:13 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Sorry about the frustration but I'm glad it didn't stop you from making some art. I really like the combination of free hand and computer-based art. I think some of he most exciting and successful results sprout (sorry about the pun--had to though) from utilizing both mediums. Great job btw!

February 04, 2007 7:35 PM  
Anonymous emila yusof said...

Lovely! You captured the cycle very well!

February 04, 2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

you're not alone on bouts of frustation - i've been /am there trying all the different mediums i'm interested in, glad you were able to work thru it. and i love the equation summing up the cycle -wonderful illo!

February 04, 2007 8:30 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I love the layers, wonderful piece. cheers to peaceful times!

February 04, 2007 11:31 PM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

very smart take on the topic...I like this science-looking illo, it would be useful at school!
tnx for your comment, no there no sex reference, yet this is also smart from you...

February 05, 2007 12:15 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

You know what? Frustration is best handled by drawing, painting, sketching. This is wonderful. I always loved planting Lima Beans with my first graders. They sprout so quickly...even in a wet paper towel.
May your days this week be free of frustration and filled with beauty and joy.

February 05, 2007 6:34 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

This is cool...great composition scott!

February 05, 2007 8:45 AM  
Anonymous prrrrrrrrrrrr said...

this looks entirely hand done. it's gorgeous. i love the green of it, and the cycle of growth.

5 stars!

February 05, 2007 9:42 AM  
Blogger Valaine said...

This is really peaceful! Life continues even when it does get hard - I understand completely! You created something really beautiful!

February 05, 2007 2:06 PM  
Blogger jessi Hooker said...

Hi! I really like your image this week. I love the more subtle things in it that help to give the piece life. I really like your pallette choice also. Good job!

February 05, 2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

love the algebraic equation! Really interesting work, it definately takes more than a glance to appreciate it!

February 05, 2007 2:31 PM  
Blogger carla said...

This actually looks like you drew it with traditional materials on a piece of notebook paper. It has that gentle look of a graphite drawing with watercolor. Really nice work!

February 05, 2007 4:57 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Love the concept and the design!!

February 05, 2007 5:12 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

I would have to say my favorite work I've seen out of you...very nice...(smart idea on red too btw)...

February 05, 2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Nice blend of media here.
I like the progression of seedling to sprout, defines the intelligence of the natural world. A fine rendering and a fresh earthy quality here as well.


February 05, 2007 8:03 PM  
Blogger isay said...

i can relate to what you are saying. 'been in the same situation and it comes back once in a while.

i like the colors on this one again and how the sprout grew taller.... ohh your creativity have become more alive and frustration is totally gone

have a nice day scott!

February 05, 2007 10:30 PM  
Blogger sketch-mark said...

i love it. every time i take another look, there's always a new subtle detail to catch. great job!

February 06, 2007 12:00 AM  
Blogger the enigma said...

wow, beautiful piece! love what you did w/ the background.

February 06, 2007 2:42 AM  
Blogger buep said...

Head up, Scott! We all have bad moments, and creativity keep us going. This work is really refreshing and full of hope. I like it a lot! Have a great week :)

February 06, 2007 3:10 AM  
Blogger moonsandstars said...

nice! the background adds so much to the piece!I love it!

February 06, 2007 9:14 AM  
Blogger tiffini elektra x said...

I love the graph paper and how it is oriented. This is great and it has such an organic feel to it. The heart monitor lines at the bottom are perfect. I really like what you came up with. I am sorry about the frustration but dang your first creative effort since is awesome.

February 06, 2007 10:09 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Wow Scott, the frustration mainfests in great drawings! Love the 2 posts. Graph paper is so cool to work on...great colors in that one. And the "red" entry is eye-popping! I hope your days become more peaceful.

February 06, 2007 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really nice! I love the contrast of the grid pattern with the organic shape of the sprout. Very nicely done. I love your entry for "Red" as well!

February 06, 2007 9:48 PM  
Blogger Mac McRae said...

cool illo scott!
I like your concept and take on this one.

February 07, 2007 12:47 AM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Yeah! Clever response to the topic. I love that amber overtone.

Heh. I'm loving your "Red," too. Man, how many reds ARE there??

February 07, 2007 12:15 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Ah, the evolution of a frustrated sprout!

February 07, 2007 7:29 PM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Hi Scott,

My first impression when seeing this was those evolution posters that supposedly show the different stages on man as he evolved from the primordial goo.

Nice illustration, and thanks for checking in with my on my blog.

February 07, 2007 8:10 PM  
Blogger r.prat said...

I really like the textures. Nice composition too! :)

February 08, 2007 4:31 AM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Nice juxtaposition!

February 08, 2007 11:01 AM  
Blogger Tooninator said...

thanks for checkin' out my work Scott. I appreciate it and enjoy your work greatly. your concepts for IF are fantastic. I'll be sure to be stopping by here often.

February 08, 2007 12:08 PM  
Blogger flossy-p said...

very nice, I like the formula too.

February 08, 2007 2:07 PM  
Blogger wynlen said...

Nice. I like the colors, and great that you show the whole cycle.

Anette Heiberg

February 08, 2007 2:35 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Glad you've moved out of the frustration doldrums. Great illustration... wonderful that you've discovered the life-giving equation. Like the whole feeling of this.

February 08, 2007 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this one! Love the colors and the layers and the idea of time passing. Also glad to see someone else who loves Freehand! Also love your illus. for Red. And the Mac for 80s is inspired! That was before my first Mac, but not by much... my first was a IIci). I look forward to seeing more of your work. Thanks for visiting my blog... I'm looking forward to more challenges.
Glad to see your frustration is at an end at least for now!

February 08, 2007 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this one! Love the colors and the layers and the idea of time passing. Also glad to see someone else who loves Freehand! Also love your illus. for Red. And the Mac for 80s is inspired! That was before my first Mac, but not by much... my first was a IIci). I look forward to seeing more of your work. Thanks for visiting my blog... I'm looking forward to more challenges.
Glad to hear that your frustration is at an end.

February 08, 2007 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry that posted twice, I was having problems with Blogger recognizing me, even though I'd logged in. (talk about frustration!)

February 08, 2007 4:32 PM  
Blogger Bearuh said...


February 08, 2007 5:27 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

I really like your choice of colors and the concept that you chose. Very nice illustration.

February 08, 2007 10:59 PM  
Blogger constance said...

I like this concept and the little equations as well. I agree, that it's really hard to do anything creative when frustrated about something, but sometimes, just sketching mindlessly will sort of calm ourselves down a bit....:) Glad you're out of it :) Cheers!

February 09, 2007 3:32 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This approach is quite interesting and unique. Fantastic colors!

February 09, 2007 7:07 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

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February 09, 2007 11:26 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

very good@

February 10, 2007 11:27 AM  
Blogger Natura said...

Great idea and beautifully done! Love the layers texture.

February 11, 2007 4:34 PM  
Blogger pollita frita said...

soo beutiful... i love it!

March 15, 2007 3:14 PM  

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