Friday, October 12, 2007

Illustration Friday-Extremes


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This is my entry for IF's "extremes" topic. I wanted to create a powerful image that would make a strong impact, fitting for the word.

Like I frequently do, I drew the vector lines in Freehand, painted some real textures and combined everything in Photoshop. Created this today, Friday, specifically for the challenge!

Let me know what you think! Honestly!!!

Also, my "open" entry did not get posted until very late on Thursday. I hope you check that out, and I hope you saved a vote for me? Trust me, "open" is not nearly so gruesome.

44 Comments:

Blogger Teri C said...

It IS an extreme image. I'm glad you didn't paint blood spatters on there-that would have been too extreme. Okay, I was honest.

October 12, 2007 4:22 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Honestly? It is a very powerful image and carries a strong impact. Very timely with this latest school shooting.

Well, I did not cast any votes for the "open" challenge, and I did not know if we still could. I will check it out and vote for you if I can. I did like your illo for the word "open". Best of luck to you!

-kate

October 12, 2007 6:30 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

very strong design, your line work is outstanding in this as in your previous work, pefect composition, nice decision to have the bullets tumble

October 12, 2007 7:11 PM  
Blogger isay said...

well done scott! i also like how you made the blood.

October 13, 2007 4:09 AM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

Well, I am glad I can't see anyone's face in there. That would have been too extreme. As always, the hand is well done.

October 13, 2007 8:47 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

I never intended to make it seem like blood. I just created some textures, with green paint, then the colors sort of evolved after that...

October 13, 2007 8:52 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i like it, it does have a lot of impact and you get the message! Cool colours too! You were in the bu? yes we must connect Scott!

October 13, 2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

honestly? powerful!

October 13, 2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger Craig Lamberton said...

very dramatic piece of work.. and well handled

October 13, 2007 6:12 PM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

your style is quite peculiar. I especially like the way you draw hands; they look very, very alive...honestly!

October 14, 2007 1:20 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

I also see blood running and that makes this pic powerful, because it leaves so many things unseen, maybe the victim, the why etc.
An open pic for the spectator's mind.

October 14, 2007 1:22 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Cool illo.

And I think I want to disable the Snap previews but I don't know how??

October 14, 2007 11:34 AM  
Blogger danshultz said...

Great idea, great linework. You have a cool style.

October 14, 2007 11:58 AM  
Blogger Greg Hartman said...

I really like your combination with the painted textures, your color choices in both are great. The line work has been getting better and better. Well done!

October 14, 2007 2:43 PM  
Blogger Ms. Amy said...

thanks for the compliment. I love your style! very retro awesome colors.

October 14, 2007 7:38 PM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Cool image. I like guns--when they are aimed at a paper target and I'm chewing up the bull's-eye!

Thanks for checking in with my blog, Scott. It's been a busy and tumultuous time here in SD County.

Bye,
Robert

October 14, 2007 9:29 PM  
Blogger flora said...

This is very powerful! I like how you use real painted texture in your illustration... that always gives something extra to a digital work. Well done!
ps: our girl scouts gig went really well.... so many girls and it was crazy (in a fun way). We signed posters and CDs until our arms came off...xD

October 14, 2007 10:46 PM  
Blogger get zapped said...

Extremely nice work! You captured this so well. I love your ability to combine mediums and programs. Love the colors, too.

October 15, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

very very cool illo! i really like it!

October 15, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger helenclimbstrees said...

I didn't see the blood as blood. What I like about this is how the hand and gun look like really convincing objects in the space. Your capturing of hands is impressive- I have such difficulties. Do you draw your own or use photos?

October 16, 2007 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Landofpaintedsky said...

Wow I really like it. Its tidy but still has the flair of creativity and the colours are awesome. :) Ps thanks for your comment!

October 16, 2007 3:23 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Truthfully? I like it, it's a powerful image. Personally, I'd like to see a touch more contrast in the colours of the background, but that's a matter of taste.

October 16, 2007 4:00 AM  
Blogger carla said...

This is certainly an extreme and compelling image, and it's so well executed (no pun...). I happen to like the greens and earth tones... it makes it look hard and edgy, perfect for the subject matter.

October 16, 2007 5:09 AM  
Blogger MVillos said...

Thanks for visiting!

I've always enjoyed your work. You take it beyond the digital feel.

Do you use a Wacom tablet?

October 16, 2007 6:46 AM  
Blogger Josh (musarter) said...

Powerfull. Your hands remind me of Japanese woodcut art. Your images are always thought provoking: I am not sure if this has something to do with Nazi extremism, since the gun is a "Lueger," or gun violence in general. I guess it is up to the viewer.
Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.

October 16, 2007 9:02 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

The gun is a Colt .22 pistol. A small caliber of gun. I used it to shoot tin cans with my Dad, who eventually gave me the gun. I toyed with making the gun seem bigger and more powerful, but stayed true to the actual gun.

I like when illustrations invite a discussion as to what the commentary is, as opposed to "hitting one over the head" with what I think is true or not. I like an image that invites the viewer to imagine more story on their own! I hope I at least sometimes accomplish that.

October 16, 2007 1:38 PM  
Blogger Gabe said...

I totally dig this style you have going on.

October 16, 2007 3:24 PM  
Blogger zari.ZHM said...

cool illo...really extreme too! neat style!

October 16, 2007 4:16 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

I really like the muted colors on this and what is going on w/the background...nice old style feel to it...

October 16, 2007 7:37 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

very peter-gunish scott, but I'll bet you're too young to get the reference! I thought it was blood spatter as well. Great textures!

October 16, 2007 11:05 PM  
Blogger Nemo said...

First time I visit your blog and I´m surprised. Really simple and strong style. I like it!

October 17, 2007 12:25 AM  
Blogger mike r baker said...

Very nice! I love how you keep pushing your style. And you work so fast! :)

October 17, 2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger timafli said...

I like this retro & graphic look. I believe you did a wonderful job to achieve. You used blood to imply the violence, cool extreme theme. Design nice. For execution, I will crop the arm a bit or make a hand and arm junction slightly slimmer (too meaty). Just being honest to you. Other than that, cool work...

October 17, 2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger nina seven said...

WOW! Great take on the theme. This is an awesome illo. I love the red drips in the background, it really finishes the piece and makes a statement on the effects of violence. nice work!

October 17, 2007 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

like the runs on the wall cause they give a sense to the extremity of the situation at hand

October 17, 2007 2:59 PM  
Blogger giggles said...

Powerful and scary in my world here in Canada! Makes an extreme point....well done...great colors too!

October 17, 2007 6:45 PM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

This is a powerful piece Scott, and the illustration is powerful too! ;o) Seriously, you really have a great touch with everything you do - the juxstaposition of digital and painterly elements gives your pieces real depth, even in their simplicity. Great work!!

October 17, 2007 10:13 PM  
Anonymous cat said...

ooo. as soon as i opened your image, i thought of the euphemism, 'terminate with extreme prejudice.'

excellent.

October 18, 2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Ram0n3 said...

Extremely bloody and direct. You like drawing hands...

October 18, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

its an eloquent piece Scott...
Im doing well and each day gets better.. thanks for asking and your thoughtful comments... :)

October 18, 2007 5:37 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

A very final extreme. Beautiful work!

October 18, 2007 7:23 PM  
Blogger Don said...

As presented, I believe you hit your mark well. You make a very vivid picture of an intense subject. (Unfortunately in relation to current society, this is not all that extreme as we're all exposed to so much gratuitous violence.)

Also, I don't know if you've mentioned it before, but I'm glad you shared some of the techniques you use. That's a great way to inspire others to experiment.

October 19, 2007 4:46 AM  
Blogger Focus_ret said...

The background is what makes this image so strong - the runs on the wall and the splatter. But I also like the angle of the gun; clearly it has already been fired, and is in recoil.

October 19, 2007 11:09 AM  
Blogger slashdotmad said...

for me the extreme aspect of this piece was the combination of skin and metal, human and machine.
Very Bauhaus kind of theory, I know...:)

and the thinking doesn't end there - a "dumb" object vs the intelligence that uses it for reasons that are on the opposite end of logic and reason.

then there is the serious subject but the colours are playful - another extreme.

anyway, great piece!

October 25, 2007 12:50 AM  

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