Sunday, April 01, 2007

Illustration Friday-Snap

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The top image is my entry for IF's "snap" topic. The other two are just to create a series of three.

This week my goal was to try to create something a bit more commercial, perhaps. I took my own photos, then created vector drawings, then created textures with watercolors and graphite, and compiled everything in Photoshop. Created specifically for the challenge.

I love asparagus, and I think it's sort of a symbol of Spring.

Hope you like it.

On a side note, I'd love to hear feedback on color printers! It seems like the whole inkjet thing is such a complete racket! Tell me if you've found a good printer that doesn't cost a fortune to keep making prints from...


Blogger Ammon said...

I really like the washed out focal point.

April 01, 2007 5:27 PM  
Blogger Debbie Egizio said...

I love how this piece glows with light. Very clean and crisp feel. Makes me hungry for asparagus.

April 01, 2007 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, the mystical asparagus!

April 01, 2007 6:40 PM  
Blogger Debbie Egizio said...

These other two images are equally as tasty as the asparagus. Beautiful work!!

April 01, 2007 7:05 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Great work Digitalscott. These work very well as a sort of triptych.

April 01, 2007 7:36 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

I like the washed out, or as I see it, the glow around the objects of desire. Very tempting, especially that sweet, red tomato, yes!
Love your take this week, but, can't wait to see your next installment in the serial of the puzzleing young man.

April 01, 2007 8:16 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

Hi Scott. Thanks for your weekly visits to my blog and all of your kind comments.

I really like the asparagus the best, maybe because you also used a 'spring green' background and the light part behind the asparagus sprig just makes it seem fresh. They are all very nice and I like the colors you used, but the asparagus one is most interesting.

Can't say much about a color printer...I have had the same Epson for about 7 years and I have a love-hate relationship with it. I also would like to get one that I could use to make and sell prints from. Try the artist's forum on Craigslist. The question comes up a lot.


April 01, 2007 8:36 PM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

oh! these are great! love the graphic looK!

April 01, 2007 9:20 PM  
Blogger zime said...

Very nice style!!

April 01, 2007 9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They really are a great series! You did a wonderful job.

Like Kate I have a love hate relationahip with my HP 1220C. It's a large formate printer (13 x19) that I got many years back.

April 01, 2007 10:29 PM  
Blogger mike r baker said...

Wonderful. Has the feel of a graphic novel - a little drama with your food. :) I like all your work very much.

I love asparagus too. I like that the picture of it shows it being snapped - when I prepare asparagus I snap each one by hand. I love the feel and sound. I like mine with a little olive oil, some kosher salt, and broiled until slightly charred. Really brings out the sweetness.

April 01, 2007 10:57 PM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

Who doesn't love asparagus?! These have a great look, subtle but bold at the same time (if that makes any sense?) Anyway, I like them!

April 01, 2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

I love your vector work. Very clean. It would be cool in an illustrated cookbook.

If I could afford to buy a Phaser, I would throw out my HP in a heartbeat. I work in an ad agency. The HP is desised by everyone I have ever worked with except for the IT department who never print anything.

April 02, 2007 5:54 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

very style.

April 02, 2007 7:54 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Neato idea Scott and I love the glow and gradation of colours. The texture on the bottom one in the background is very nice!

I have a problem with getting my pictures to look good on my site. I scanned my piece and it would not show the subtle shades, I photographed it and it looks like crap! I just can't get a break that's why the image was small as it looks best. I wish I knew what I was doing!!! If I knew anything about the current printers I would help you but I know less than everybody here!

April 02, 2007 10:18 AM  
Blogger Daniel Sanger said...

nice illo! great hands:)

April 02, 2007 2:12 PM  
Blogger jennifergrayolson said...

Great line work!

April 02, 2007 2:29 PM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Hey Scott,

Been a while since I checked in with you... Thanks for your continued comments on my blog, they are sincerely appreciated.

I like your style/styles, they are all executed to perfection.

I use an Epson printer (C, Light C, M, Light M, Y, K). It's pretty good. But then I don't try to sell any prints from it.

You are right, the ink cartriges are such a rip-off! If you get a cheap printer you could easily afford to throw out the printer when it runs out of ink.

April 02, 2007 2:39 PM  
Blogger demosthenes said...

i hate asparagus, but these are great. i especially like the color scheme you used.

April 02, 2007 3:14 PM  
Blogger KiniArt Studios said...

Great work - LOVE the asparagus! (and gr8 photos too!) I'm sorry you felt "tricked" by my linked image on my blog When I link an image in my blog, it is nearly always to the site where the artwork can be purchased. And the text directly below the image (also linked) clearly states the original art is for sale on ebay.
Again, sorry for making you feel "tricked" - t'was not my intention - It's just the way I do MY blog.

April 02, 2007 5:09 PM  
Blogger nina seven said...

nice. clean and crisp, just like the veggies. thanks for your comments on my blog, I appreciate them!

April 02, 2007 6:49 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

I'm really not to wise in the ways of printers. Cool, crisp vegetables, btw! Captain Vegetable would be proud!

April 02, 2007 8:42 PM  
Blogger aarph! said...

Obviously a man who loves his veggies! I like your use of traditional methods mixed with digital. Great stuff. Also, thanks so much for your kind comments.

April 02, 2007 9:07 PM  
Blogger serline\璘 said...

I Love those sunshiny colors!Nice drawings too!

April 02, 2007 9:44 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Great selection of food! I could make a feast with those.
As for printers, I have an all-in-one Brother MFC 620CN (Fax,printer,scanner,copier,photo-capture) I like it very much. The wireless version sells at around £140 at Staples.

April 03, 2007 1:33 AM  
Blogger hart said...

You make the everyday stuff look awesome!! Great choice of colors and the textures on the tomato and yellow pepper are awesome.

I have a decent Epson CX4100 flatbed scanner+printer. It does an ok job for printing photos, prints really good illustrations on textured paper [like Printasia by Ilford's Art Paper]. But if you want a better printer, esp to print photos, the 6-color system is best. They're expensive, but the results will blow you away. Ink is going to cost a bomb, so get a 3rd party continuous ink system [CIS] if you're planning to print a lot.

All the best!

April 03, 2007 2:23 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

wow! what beautiful hands! just gorgeous!

April 03, 2007 4:51 AM  
Blogger MVillos said...

Great combination of digital and traditional work. Nice pieces!

April 03, 2007 4:56 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

So simple, yet so effective. I like that you've included the other two pieces as well. Great colors!

April 03, 2007 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your presentation as if you're doing magic!

April 03, 2007 11:40 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Love your take on the theme, and beautiful style!!

April 03, 2007 1:20 PM  
Blogger KittyMeow said...

I love the colours! And you really pushed this idea right through. I like how you've used so many elements to compose the final digital image. Very good :-)

April 03, 2007 2:49 PM  
Blogger Greg Hartman Illustration said...

That is one of the most satisfying snaps...great symbol for Spring and Snap! Ambitious to do such a great series. Sorry to hear that you can relate to my illo. so well lately.:} Life does this sometimes, does'nt it!?
Thanks for the comment!

April 03, 2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

these are very nice

April 03, 2007 10:07 PM  
Blogger Pequete said...

This is a great set. I love your clean and clear style (I always strive for both in my work, but always seem to lose one or the other).

April 04, 2007 2:28 AM  
Blogger aeneadellaluna said...

I really like your style which is always so detailed and clear! it's a nice set..I really like it :)

April 04, 2007 3:33 AM  
Blogger lucrezia said...

Lovely group of illustrations! (You've inspired me to make a real effort to use variable width lines/brushes - they make such a difference!)

April 04, 2007 2:44 PM  
Blogger lucrezia said...

Gotcha! Labor-intensive, but a lot more flexible than creating custom brushes, and much more striking than the single width strokes that I still tend to use(as a relative newbie).

April 04, 2007 4:10 PM  
Blogger Larry Lee said...

Love the study of hands. A simple, but very effective interpretation of Snap.

Thank you for your kind comments. Glad I could give you a smile.

Re:Printers- Of course, it's easy to spend other people's money, but, have you looked into color laser printers. They are 'only' a few hundred dollars. The toner is expensive to start, but it will be cheaper in the long run.

April 04, 2007 5:46 PM  
Blogger smashley said...

Nice! Great minds think alike!

April 04, 2007 5:51 PM  
Blogger Arkonbey said...


April 04, 2007 7:54 PM  
Blogger Alex Senna said...

simple and good

April 05, 2007 9:27 AM  
Blogger Tanya Nichols said...

fabulous way to spotlight the hand...awesome..btw love asparagus slightly steamed with fresh parmesan...

April 05, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger MammaJam said...

I am particularly fond the hands. You did a nice job and I could almost feel that asparagus snap!

April 06, 2007 1:33 AM  
Blogger kam said...

very appealing drawings.

April 26, 2007 6:23 AM  

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