Saturday, April 21, 2007

Illustration Friday-Polar


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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "Polar" topic. Created specifically for the challenge. Created some real media textures, including a cracked paint texture, drew some vector shapes, and compiled in Photoshop. Decided to focus on the "opposing forces" aspect of the definition.

What do you think?

Bonus content...
Listenting to: Over The Rhine "Ohio" (excellent!)
Watching: Planet Earth on The Discovery Channel (incredible)

Scott

60 Comments:

Blogger BZ said...

I think it's a great take on the subject. Haven't thought of that one. Great background, by the way :)

April 21, 2007 1:39 AM  
Blogger Graham McArthur said...

Yeah, nice back ground, and very nicely drawn hands, but what I like best about it is the beautiful line work. Excellent work on the line quality.

April 21, 2007 4:29 AM  
Blogger zime said...

Nice concept and great background!!

April 21, 2007 5:24 AM  
Blogger demosthenes said...

very cool! it has an MC Escher quality to it.

April 21, 2007 6:30 AM  
Blogger trudette said...

Great to see another 'hand'picture, very intriging.

April 21, 2007 12:16 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

NICE job, Scott. I can feel the tension here.

April 21, 2007 1:10 PM  
Blogger Angeles said...

like your style

April 21, 2007 1:11 PM  
Blogger md said...

nice background and tension

April 21, 2007 4:59 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Great idea and love the colours, texture and shadows! Thank You for thinking of me Scott, I appreciate it!

April 21, 2007 5:49 PM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

You are great at doing hands. I'm jealous. Mine always look like mittens. I can see the twisting movement even more with the backgound textures like that.

April 21, 2007 6:15 PM  
Blogger nina seven said...

i like your take on the theme. beautiful background, too!

April 21, 2007 7:20 PM  
Blogger Valeriannah said...

Wow I really like the way you drew the hands. Nice texture in the background too

April 21, 2007 7:34 PM  
Blogger Valeriannah said...

P.S. I miss that cool pic you had posted on your sidebar of your handsome mug, and your pup.

April 21, 2007 7:37 PM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

interesting concept and composition.
the hands are VERY, very well done...I wonder how long it would take me to draw something similar by Illustrator...
tnx for stopping by.

April 22, 2007 12:04 AM  
Blogger Kuky said...

Great background and the hands are wonderful. I'm starting with trying to draw better hands. Wish I could draw them like yours!

April 22, 2007 1:08 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

My first thought was that it was one of them newfangled elastic magnets... cool job!

April 22, 2007 5:29 AM  
Anonymous n.b. said...

Wow, very impressive! You are certainly a photoshop pro! I wish I had even a 100th part of your knowledge.

Thanks for your nice comment on my own effort!

April 22, 2007 6:43 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

awesome work scott!

April 22, 2007 6:50 AM  
Blogger leah said...

You can definitely draw hands very well - and all of your work possesses such a high level of energy, it's great - I can definitely see the influence of design (a beautiful combination)

April 22, 2007 10:27 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

What more can be said about the beautiful hands and wonderful sense of tension? How do you get that line quality in Photoshop?

April 22, 2007 5:17 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

nice placement.. I find it interesting how you retained the 2-d imagery with the shadowing... It makes it 3-dimentional is some respects... Great counterbalance of hand gestures as well...

April 22, 2007 6:56 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Very creative take on this theme!

I enjoyed looking at your website. The design is quite cool. I liked the site you created for the spa that was there. Your editorial pieces were great also.

My major in college is Graphic Design and I seem to do really well there but my heart is in my paintings. They may not be as good as my design work but they bring me the most joy.

Best of luck!

April 22, 2007 9:58 PM  
Blogger Greg Hartman said...

Nice Cracked Paint texture, it really give the feel of tension. Glad to see another "equal and opposing forces" take on the theme. Thanks for your visit.

April 22, 2007 10:03 PM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

Wow, really effective. Nice take on the theme.

April 22, 2007 10:25 PM  
Blogger The Mattman said...

Getting hands drawn as beautifully as this is as hard as trying to mimic the noise of a strike in a bowling alley with only your voice box.
Congratulations.
And the balancing of colours and background elements is envious as always. Especially the tension conveyed.
M

April 22, 2007 11:41 PM  
Blogger buep said...

You are the hands-specialist! It`s a great illo.
I also like your new profile look ;)

April 23, 2007 2:43 AM  
Blogger bookbabie said...

When I was painting portraits, hands were my weak point. I often stuck them in pockets or down at the subjects sides so they didn't need much definition.

April 23, 2007 7:29 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

The compostition and movement in this piece has a yin & yang feel to it. The hands are nicely drawn, too. Great background!

April 23, 2007 9:33 AM  
Blogger mike r baker said...

Great graphic as always, Scott! I love the background you created.

Been watching Planet Earth as well. I'm loving it so much I bought it on HD DVD! :)

April 23, 2007 11:45 AM  
Blogger mcscrub said...

the tension is great another great piece

April 23, 2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Wow. Great hands.

April 23, 2007 5:54 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

The color and texture on the background really are nice...it almost has a sense of form like an island via an elevation map...

April 23, 2007 6:56 PM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Cool texture, it helps convey the polar tension.

April 23, 2007 7:02 PM  
Blogger KittyMeow said...

Wow I love the colours. Excellent composition too. The background automatically made me think of iron fillings - which of course, if magnetised, show some interesting patterns. Nice!!!

April 23, 2007 10:14 PM  
Blogger 2danimator said...

nice hands. i like the way the green color melds into the white where there's more tension.

April 23, 2007 11:13 PM  
Blogger Eoin said...

Hey Scott, thanks for the welcome! I like your take on the subject, great website too!

April 24, 2007 1:24 AM  
Blogger Mac McRae said...

Awesome work scott. I love the tension in this one.Great textures.

April 24, 2007 3:24 AM  
Blogger MVillos said...

thanks for visiting! great work. i really like the texture you create...

April 24, 2007 5:46 AM  
Blogger constance said...

I really like the background texture and yes, once again I must say, I wish I could draw hands like you.

April 24, 2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger aarph! said...

Hey Scott, great hands! Another nice piece of work. I like the background texture, and the 2D/3D look.

Thanks so much for your comments on my posting.

April 24, 2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger suana said...

Wonderful take on the subject and I love the texture you used in this one !

April 24, 2007 8:44 AM  
Blogger Larry Lee said...

It's refreshing not to see a polar bear (even though I am as guilty as anyone). Nice take on the topic. I like the action of the background. Interestingly, I have noticed your recent posts are predominantly green in color.

April 24, 2007 9:35 AM  
Blogger Ariel said...

I admire folks with 42-54 comments to all their posts. You must be popular! :)

I really liked your Fortune submission for IF. The little objects around the piggy really conveys the message well.

April 24, 2007 11:03 AM  
Blogger MVillos said...

One more thing...I too draw a lot of hands. It's a tribute to the greatest tool in the world! Great work!

April 24, 2007 2:48 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Very cool! I like the 3D meets comic book art :)

April 24, 2007 4:44 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

its strangely beautiful how your artwork kinda reflects a story.. just luv how it compels your readers to think..

April 24, 2007 9:45 PM  
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Great idea & illustration! - you've captured "opposing forces" so well!

(I'll have to give OTR "Ohio" a listen. yeah Planet Earth on Discovery Ch. is incredible- nature is beautiful- but sometimes brutal and difficult to watch though).

April 24, 2007 10:34 PM  
Blogger isay said...

beautiful hands and i like the cracked paint texture!

April 24, 2007 10:47 PM  
Blogger Stephanie S. said...

thank you so much for your comment on my IF polar! it encouraged me a lot!
i also like your entry. especially the texture looks really interesting..wonder how you did it...

April 25, 2007 12:30 AM  
Blogger the enigma said...

i really like the background texture, i think i could use it. what's your technique?

April 25, 2007 7:25 AM  
Blogger Ammon said...

Nice hands! Great work again.

April 25, 2007 7:33 AM  
Blogger constance said...

Dear Scott, I just came back from a very tiring official event (it is part of my job, Public Relations...) and felt rather down about how meaningless and 'grey' it is to sit down at a desk of 'officials' from other corporate companies, pretending, observing the 'rules'....while I could be sketching somewhere else with hair uncombed :) In this mood, I browsed through my own blog and have only just read your message in my "Unfiltered Thoughts" post...Thank you so much Scott, for that message...I'm really touched..."Take care of your art (heart), and your art (heart)/He will take care of you"...I like this very much too! Your sharing have really touched my heart and I'm really thankful and grateful, for it.

Scott, because you know what you want, great things will surely come your way, it's just a matter of time...there's a chinese saying I read somewhere, that I would like to share with you and also as a reminder to myself...I cannot really remember the exact words but it's something like this:

A small vessel is always easy and fast to make...but a big and beautiful one, will take a much longer time to finish....same goes with the great things in one's life.....the later they come, the greater they will be, so long as we continue to work towards our dream....continue to be persistent...just like what you've said!

April 25, 2007 10:46 AM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

I can really feel the energy. The green reminds me of electric sparks just behind those great hands, crackling with the desire by both of these opposing forces. Beautiful!

April 25, 2007 2:03 PM  
Blogger esillustration said...

I really like how your hand outlines are in a golden brown color rather than black. i enjoy the composition of the hands and the texture in the background. it reminds me of camp: tie dye and tug o war. :-) great job!!

April 25, 2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger MiKa Art said...

Very deep! I like the back ground effect.

April 26, 2007 8:09 AM  
Blogger Juan Carlos Hern├índez said...

Thanks for your comment in my site. Your idea is different, but powerful too.

April 26, 2007 12:06 PM  
Blogger Morriconei said...

Great idea, and the composition is fantastic.

April 26, 2007 1:11 PM  
Blogger Mauricio said...

Hi Scott

always a good illo!

Have a good weekend

April 26, 2007 2:47 PM  
Blogger Roger said...

I love the concept and the great contrast between the background and the hands you have here.
Great work!

April 26, 2007 8:49 PM  
Blogger uvor said...

Impressive Picture for the theme, I have to learn to work scillful and fast with vector, got just an simlpified and very small version for my PDA!
Planet Earth is an must, and, hey man, I learned my skills as a toolmaker near the Rhine river in Bingen, hard times but great landscape! (By the way, I love Leo Kottke as guitarist, but as singer too! :)

May 01, 2007 2:00 PM  

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