Friday, April 27, 2007

Illustration Friday-Remember




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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "Remember" topic. These are Forget-Me-Nots! I will be doing two more flower illustrations within a few days to make a set of three, so check back! (OK, I added the other two illustrations, though only the Forget-Me Nots are really for "Remember")

I drew my lines in Freehand, painted different textures with acrylics, including some of cracked paint, (thanks for Claudine Hellmuth's book with some GREAT ideas and techniques!), then combined everything in Photoshop. All illustrations created specifically for this challenge. I was toying with adding drop shadows behind the flowers, but opted for these simpler presentations.

I seem to always do these late Friday night now, and somewhat lose my sense of judgement...

What do you think???

Thanks to all for the many great comments recently! It's very appreciated. Constructive feedback is encouraged!

75 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

Hey there...I really like the textures in the background and in the flowers. Very nice!

April 28, 2007 12:41 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I love "forget-me-note" very much and your illustrations too!

April 28, 2007 4:12 AM  
Blogger Graham McArthur said...

I like the idea of combining painted and other textures within vector shapes then played around with in photoshop. Cool.

April 28, 2007 4:14 AM  
Blogger cata said...

I like your elegant and simple style.
Colors and textures are marvelous!
Thanks for sharing!
Cata.

April 28, 2007 5:10 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Your work keeps improving Scott and these are some of my faves from you so far. I'm glad you skipped the drop shadows too--these are fine as they are.

April 28, 2007 6:59 AM  
Blogger Valeriannah said...

Thanks For the nice comment on my blog....See I "remembered" your old shot. I thought it was quite nice. I like your Forget-me-nots. Lovely use of shape color and texture. Thanks for turning me on to Adrienne Young!
I just finished listening to the title track. That stuff is awesome. Speaking of Adriennes....someday check out Adrian Legg's "Cradle Songs". Its a bit more new age, but very nice. Have a great weekend!

April 28, 2007 7:05 AM  
Blogger JO said...

very nice, great background. especially love the single tulip.

April 28, 2007 7:11 AM  
Blogger chippamunkey said...

love the textures and colour choice in your flowers! good job!

April 28, 2007 7:12 AM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

I like your line quality, your textures, and your careful choice of color. You were the first comment. I hope that's a good omen.

April 28, 2007 8:15 AM  
Blogger demosthenes said...

Scott,
i really love this direction you've taken. the clean lines and the rich textures look marvelous. keep it up!

April 28, 2007 8:58 AM  
Blogger Morriconei said...

I like that term "rich texture" when describing this; because it just fits so well. Very clever take on the theme as well.

April 28, 2007 9:04 AM  
Blogger belinha said...

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April 28, 2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger Nancy Bea said...

Very fresh and attractive! I think you were right to omit the drop shadows.

April 28, 2007 12:31 PM  
Blogger A Sepia Colored Photo said...

this is a neat idea! your illustration is very clean and pretty..and spring related... nifty!

April 28, 2007 12:54 PM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

actually your mix between hand-made backgrounds and digital lines works quite nicely! "forget my not" is the best to me...tnx for your comment
:)

April 28, 2007 1:06 PM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

oh love all the textures!! these flowers are beautiful!!!

April 28, 2007 2:51 PM  
Blogger potatomamma said...

i love the textures too, nice job =) great to see you skipped the drop shadows, this simple look is beautiful!

thanks for your comment on my blog =)

astrid

April 28, 2007 3:26 PM  
Blogger cricri said...

so delicat! love the first one!

April 28, 2007 5:19 PM  
Blogger zime said...

Great illos!!
I love textures of the backgrounds

April 28, 2007 7:05 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

The Forget-Me-Nots have a good flow.

April 28, 2007 7:09 PM  
Blogger Tinklemeyer said...

I agree with everyone else, very nice contrast of the rougher texture and the delicacy of flowers. I hope I spelled that right...

April 28, 2007 7:22 PM  
Blogger Debbie Egizio said...

These have a great retro feel. I really love the simplicity, colors and textures. PERFECT!!!

April 28, 2007 7:27 PM  
Blogger atomicblondie said...

These are lovely. For me the forget-me-nots definitely works best - there is something very simple and beautiful about it. I love the composition and the way the flowers sprawl into the frame. The colours (particularly the yellow centres) are so vibrant against the textured background.

April 28, 2007 8:52 PM  
Blogger suana said...

Definitely the forget me nots! Nice graphical touch.

April 28, 2007 8:53 PM  
Blogger mundoku said...

really nice idea! thanks for explaining me how you did the texture on "polar"- that was really interesting. never thought about doing that before. i have to experiment more ;)

April 29, 2007 12:39 AM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

Hey I really love the textures! I'm glad you left the drop shadows off, these have a nice fresh look.

It's cool to play around with paint for backgrounds, I've just taken a whole heap of photos of old floorboards with peeling paint to use, should be fun.

April 29, 2007 1:55 AM  
Blogger constance said...

All 3 are lovely though my favourite is the blue one. And it's a wise thing you did not add the shadows :)
hmmm...have you ever thought of redoing these in acrylic on large canvases? Just a thought...

April 29, 2007 5:46 AM  
Blogger bookbabie said...

I have one of Claudines books too, love her stuff. These are lovely!

April 29, 2007 5:56 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

These are very nice Scott! To me, they almost look like inset wood pieces because of the texture. Nice job!

April 29, 2007 7:57 AM  
Blogger Judy Scott said...

These are good, I too thought they were painted on wood!Love the texture, Jx

April 29, 2007 9:30 AM  
Blogger Natura said...

Beautiful work! Love the textures too!!

April 29, 2007 10:41 AM  
Blogger Stacia said...

I love the forget-me-nots! So beautiful in its simplicity. Has an Asian Art feel...I'm really drawn to textures and what you've created is no exception! Great job!!

April 29, 2007 12:22 PM  
Blogger gNat said...

I love the graphic style over the wood grain. Your flowers are beautiful. Nice job!

April 29, 2007 1:00 PM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Good work Scott. I wouldn't have used drop shadows in this illustration. Although often guilty of over-using that technique (even on this week's remember theme) I'm trying to break the drop-shadow habit.

April 29, 2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger trudette said...

Really stunning pieces, I love the textures and the colors are lovely.

April 29, 2007 3:32 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Your judgement seems quite intact to me! Beautifully done Scott! I especially love these textured backgrounds!!!

April 29, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger Maarit said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Nice idea and execution! I like the textures.

April 29, 2007 4:54 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Very beautiful! I especially love the colors of the forget-me-nots. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

April 29, 2007 8:13 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Great work, nice textures.

April 29, 2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger get zapped said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! I really love the zen quality to them. The top two really move me. Nice style!

April 30, 2007 8:47 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful and elegant set of illos!! Love the Japanese print design style!!

April 30, 2007 2:37 PM  
Blogger mike r baker said...

Always beautiful - simple and elegant, Scott. I love the textures!

Thanks for your kind comment on my "remember" illo. :)

(the word verification was "rovry" - "Ro, res! Ris is ROVRY!")

April 30, 2007 5:04 PM  
Blogger Lucía Borjas said...

I love the first pic, It`s beautiful, all these blue (or gray) flowers!! :)

April 30, 2007 8:24 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

Hey Scott - I'm liking these other 2 paintings from the triptich, but not as much as the first. The tulip painting seems like it could use a graphic next to the tulip...like the word Tulip, or Tulip several times in varying sizes, or maybe another painting of a tulip....maybe yellow. Again, great textures on all of them, though.

Thanks for the book you recommended. I read the reviews on Amazon. I have read CS Lewis, so I may have to check this one out as well. I need a summer read. May I recommend "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller to you? My review is on Amazon. Check it out.

-Kate

April 30, 2007 11:42 PM  
Blogger janie said...

jeez, Mr.popular, they've said everything already!! I'm just jealous :D lovely triptych

May 01, 2007 1:24 AM  
Blogger Zara said...

Great images!

May 01, 2007 8:22 AM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

These would make great illustrations for seed packets. You always do great work.

May 01, 2007 9:18 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

These are great! Love the colors and textures. Thanks for sharing your process too.

The drop shadows would have given some depth to the pieces and really make those flowers stand out. But it would have made it look more like paper cut-out, which may not have been what you wanted.

Great job!

May 01, 2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Yo bro, that is Dale Chihuly's work in the photo I posted, from Las Vegas. :-) Great illos too!!

May 01, 2007 10:53 AM  
Blogger Emila Yusof said...

Beautiful work, Scott!

May 01, 2007 2:33 PM  
Blogger chris chua said...

beautfiul flowers! Love your illustrations:)

May 01, 2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Awesome! The colors, textures and design work so well!

May 01, 2007 4:45 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Loverly ... like My Fair Lady.

Thx for all the nice kharma, sweetie!

Smooches,
The Tart
; *

May 01, 2007 5:15 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

I think they're springtime and I'm really loving these background colors and textures. Beautiful work, thanks for sharing, as usual, the preocess.

May 01, 2007 5:44 PM  
Blogger Ammon said...

I like the texture a lot. Before I read what you wrote I thought that you must have done it one wood. I do like the simple presentation without the dropshadow-but what do I know.

Great work as always. You seem to excel in several areas and I always enjoy checking out your work.

May 01, 2007 7:56 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

I waited... till all three were posted.. Thankyou for your kind comments btw...
I like these cause .... the shapes make em exciting.. You have almost managed to make them into little landscapes... ;)

May 01, 2007 8:30 PM  
Blogger Bearuh said...

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May 01, 2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger buep said...

Great illos! I like the textures and colors. Beautiful!

May 02, 2007 4:10 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

very nice and elegant, i love the colors

May 02, 2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

excellent flowers. i love your textures.


as for the rocks... everything is for sale. everything must go! anyway, shoot me an email we'll work it out.

May 02, 2007 2:08 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Never forget the flowers! Never!

May 02, 2007 3:30 PM  
Blogger ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

well done collection of pieces! really diggin the textures. nicely done.

May 02, 2007 3:47 PM  
Blogger Greg Hartman said...

I think I like your mixed media work the best so far! Great color choices, textural feel and placement in your composition. The mix of traditional and tech is working well together.

May 02, 2007 4:05 PM  
Blogger The Mattman said...

Geez Scott it's a long way down to the bottom of your comments these days...
Not surprised, these "forget me nots" are intriguing and so well renderred.
Quite amazing to see the tecture of the acrylics going in different directions. At first on the small screen i thought it was wood grain in different directions, but that would have taken more than Friday night to Jigsaw!
Anyway thanks for the comments and great work again,
M

May 02, 2007 6:38 PM  
Blogger isay said...

my favorites! and oh the tulip seem perfect!

May 03, 2007 12:01 AM  
Blogger Nobody said...

Great work scott. Your flowers rule.

May 03, 2007 12:13 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

awesome work scott! love this style of yours!

May 03, 2007 7:26 AM  
Blogger Margarida Girão said...

Thank you for your post on my blog :)

Great work!!

May 03, 2007 12:11 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

These are exquisite! Your line is so graceful and elegant and the textures really add to the mix!

May 03, 2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger arvindh said...

very beautiful flowers

May 03, 2007 1:19 PM  
Blogger georg said...

There are so many comments here, and all what I would say, have been said! Anyway I'll say, that you've made some wonderful for-get-me-nots with exciting textures!

May 03, 2007 3:39 PM  
Blogger Ammon said...

Many thanks for your advice with photoshop.

May 03, 2007 5:17 PM  
Blogger saffron said...

They're all really beautiful! The colors, textures, and design. I love them! And thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting, too!

May 03, 2007 11:12 PM  
Blogger moonsandstars said...

the textures add so much to the work!

May 04, 2007 3:32 PM  
Blogger md said...

great looking colors and textures in these flowers
nice style

May 05, 2007 5:21 PM  

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