Friday, October 19, 2007

Illustration Friday-Grow


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This is my entry for IF's "grow" topic. This guy must eat to keep growing, you know. OK, I did it for the Monster Mash contest too. Just finished it early this a.m. I'll probably do another one too, but probably not today.

Shot personal photos for reference. Drew my lines lovingly and carefully in Freehand with the pen tool. (Some of you know that takes a long time....true.) Then painted a background with acrylics, a new orange colored pencil I bought and some graphite. Pulled everything together in Photoshop where I colored my shapes and blended them into my background to let the texture show through.

I appreciate your feedback a lot!

Scott

68 Comments:

Blogger Brine Blank said...

Another nice one...really like the background and the style of this...and long live Freehand...much better and easier for linework than Illustrator...

October 19, 2007 7:55 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

I know I'll have to transition to Illustrator. I can use it, I'm just so used to Freehand. It's like trying to learn to write with your left hand after a life of writing with your right one. Still, I'll delay the change as long as possible! Ignorance is bliss!!

October 19, 2007 8:02 AM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

creepy and beatifully painted as usaul!
PS
I work on Illustrator...

October 19, 2007 8:38 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Like I've always said... "Don't feed the hand that bites you." :-)

Are you using the pen tool in Photoshop? After years in Paint Shop Pro, I found vectors in PS VERY confusing... they never seemed to do what I thought they should.

Someone mentioned last post, but I'll repeat it: I really like the custom textures that you use. I always admire those who have distinctive styles.

October 19, 2007 9:08 AM  
Blogger k. borcz said...

Oh creepy, but really cool looking! And thanks for the comment on my blog.

October 19, 2007 9:29 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Scott, that is going to keep me up tonight. ;-)

October 19, 2007 9:34 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

My initial reaction was "Creepy!" , and then "Cool!". It is such an interesting piece. The hand position is very expressive, the mouth and the worm are goulish, and your textures and hand-painted background are wonderful! This is really my favorite piece I think. Have a great weekend!

October 19, 2007 9:37 AM  
Blogger get zapped said...

Excellent work with Freehand! I admire those lines. Great idea!

October 19, 2007 9:38 AM  
Blogger Natura said...

Very interesting and intriguing image!

October 19, 2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger Josh (musarter) said...

As always, I love the hand. This is really creepy and your style make it more creepy. I know how tracing goes, I do a lot of tracing with Illustrator; I understand it takes time but the result is great when you know what you are doing.

October 19, 2007 10:54 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

This is creepy and cool at the same time! I like the contrast between the background and the hand/box illustration.

October 19, 2007 12:04 PM  
Blogger sheree said...

wow - great concept! icky and very cool and creepy!

i love the textures in all of your artwork --- it has a block print feel that i really admire!

October 19, 2007 1:32 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Parsons said...

so creative...so excellent in your skills!
Elizabeth

October 19, 2007 3:08 PM  
Blogger bluerose9062 said...

My favorite from the hand series so far!

October 19, 2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Wow, this is one of your most provocative images yet. Beautiful job.

October 19, 2007 8:58 PM  
Blogger aeneadellaluna said...

Keep feeding it worms..and perhaps it will grow stronger..blergh :P lol

October 20, 2007 4:47 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Fun stuff Scott! It reminds me of a cross between Audrey 2 (feeeeed me!) and Thing from the Addams Family.
Congrats on being an "Open" winner!!!!!

October 20, 2007 8:23 AM  
Blogger md said...

everybody should have one as a pet a feeding hand in the box nice idea and always well done

October 20, 2007 8:28 AM  
Blogger demosthenes said...

yep, all is fine. just on hiatus from IF for a bit.

you entry for Grow is really great.

October 20, 2007 10:48 AM  
Blogger Eli Edmundson said...

Cool! I like the contrast of the clean line art with the textured background.

October 20, 2007 11:49 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

I admire you digital artist. My artwork is all freehand stuff. I enjoy the craziness of this illustration.

http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

October 20, 2007 12:01 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

You have a wife range of styles. Very good stuff.

http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

October 20, 2007 12:13 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Very interesting! Congratulations for being in front of Top 25!

October 20, 2007 11:21 PM  
Blogger georg said...

Poor hand! He (she?) looks like he/she doesn't like worms - and I do understand him/her!

Funny idea!

October 21, 2007 3:40 AM  
Blogger Craig Lamberton said...

cool illustration.. a bit like something out of "The Thing".. :)

congratulations on getting your illustration into "Open" exhibition..

October 21, 2007 5:23 AM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

You always some up with something that involves the hand. What dedication you have to come up with the concept every week that we will always be impressed with! good work!

October 21, 2007 6:39 AM  
Blogger nina seven said...

very clever and two for the price of one! congrats on your win in the open contest! love the background in this one!

October 21, 2007 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Bonna said...

WOW I love the shape and position of the hand. Is that a Spaghetti noodle ? Yum.

Keep up the good work!

October 21, 2007 6:44 PM  
Blogger giggles said...

Wow I love how you explained your process. The depth is incredible...you could have a series with last weeks IF. Really fun, unique piece with great color! Very season specific too! Good job!

Peace Giggles

October 21, 2007 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Alessandro said...

the monster is growing up.
compliment for the idea and for your technics. never used freehand but I think is the same as illustrator and this one take a lot of time and skill to produce something decent.
really love your artwork.

October 22, 2007 12:48 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

wow, that's a trip!

October 22, 2007 2:02 AM  
Blogger Kumikob said...

Great work - I really need to work on getting texture into my digital stuff! It looks really cool...

October 22, 2007 10:19 AM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

this is just soooo creepy, makes me think of anorexia again!

October 22, 2007 10:24 AM  
Blogger Christine Clemmensen said...

Hi. I like your stuff so much, your pictures are always really beautiful. Congratulations on being selected for the Open show -- that was really cool. (and thank you for your comment:)

October 22, 2007 11:26 AM  
Blogger steve said...

This rocks man! This is very reminiscent of the old screaming hand sketboard design from the 80's (was it Santa Cruz skateboards ?)!

October 22, 2007 11:34 AM  
Blogger mjc said...

interesting work!
you have a nice style and cool ideias

October 22, 2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger Perriette said...

A free hand created in Freehand? Cool. Is that Thing? I love Thing. No really, but great image...hheeee. xox Morticia

October 22, 2007 1:11 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

congrats on the open contest, scott.. great job. I love this work of yours...great colors!

October 22, 2007 3:03 PM  
Blogger Laurel Neustadter said...

Very creepy. Very appropriate for Halloween!

October 22, 2007 3:14 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

So that's what the pictures in Thing's porno magazines look like...

October 22, 2007 3:41 PM  
Blogger RyanLoghry said...

Well, I hate to sound like everyone else, but nice job. I like the texture of the background, and the colors you use. How do you choose color?

October 22, 2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger Rose Welty said...

Yikes! That's a little scary...but a very nice illustration nonetheless...

October 22, 2007 6:34 PM  
Blogger Nemo said...

Awesome! I like the background!

October 23, 2007 12:44 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

ooooh I love it

kind of Dali, but a mouth instead of eyes

October 23, 2007 9:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Boldt said...

Great illustration! Nice proportions on a bit of an abstract theme - rare!

I really like your background texture as well, how did you make it?

October 23, 2007 9:42 AM  
Blogger Carol H. said...

This is great! I love the way you get all the colors to be so harmonious, and your drawing is just fantastic.

October 23, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger cata said...

OH! Your hand is famous!
" la mano mas famosa del viernes" hehe!
Cata

October 23, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger zari.ZHM said...

creepy and weird, yet it's a very neat illo.
thanks for explaining the steps
love the background

+CONGRATS FOR BEIGN IN THE OPEN IF SHOW!

October 23, 2007 1:31 PM  
Blogger trudette, said...

Cool idea, your hands always make me smile.

October 23, 2007 2:41 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Oh, this is freakin' me out! Cool! :)

Congrats on 'Open'!!

October 23, 2007 6:15 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Ha! Well know we know what was in the little box! Congratulations on your acceptance in the open show Scott! I have had sporadic internet, no TV and as you know in the ready for anything that may happen... but Thank You for asking about me and I would love to come to the show, so I am going to try. It might be hinged on what happens with these fires. Very cool piece Scott!

October 23, 2007 8:30 PM  
Blogger dintoons said...

hahaha, a really wild piece this one! beautifully executed, your hands (that you draw) are wonderfully expressive and sensitive...
oh and i love the cool, ruff, messy texture of your backgrounds... like in tossed salad, blues, and esp extreme... ravishing!

October 24, 2007 5:48 AM  
Blogger Erik Petri said...

thanks for visiting my blog.

Your creepy hand looks awesome. Good choice just adding texture to the background.
Good job!

October 25, 2007 1:55 AM  
Blogger ANTONIO CUESTA CORNEJO said...

There are great works here! I will be back!

October 25, 2007 2:39 AM  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

very nice. the tossed salad is a lot of fun too.

October 25, 2007 7:09 AM  
Blogger maria j. said...

I really like your work!

October 25, 2007 7:28 AM  
Blogger ALTAMIRA said...

buenisimo!

October 25, 2007 8:43 AM  
Anonymous tekentijger said...

eeew, that's really creepy!!
Oh, and congratulations on winning the 'open' contest!

October 26, 2007 12:33 AM  
Blogger Mauricio said...

Muy bueno!!!!!!!!

October 26, 2007 4:07 AM  
Blogger houdini said...

I like the combinatin of vectors and textures. Very surreal!

October 26, 2007 4:41 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Oooooh, this is weird but cool! I really like it, especially the textures. :)

October 28, 2007 7:57 AM  
Blogger Sandy MacMillan said...

neat background! I love the textures of your pieces, I've looked through alot of your illustrations. Lovely.

October 28, 2007 1:16 PM  
Blogger Lauren Kate said...

Grwat work - as always!
I'm personally a fan of Illustrator - but the one thing I DON'T like is the pen tool - it's much easier to use in Freehand (but, don't tell anyone I said that ;) )

October 30, 2007 5:53 PM  
Anonymous catnapping said...

excellent work. i've been drawing with my mouse. i can't wait to get one of those wacom pens...i hope it's easier than trying to draw with a mouse.

i'd still be using my pencil and pen, but i don't have a scanner that works, and i can't always afford to take my stuff to kinkos.

October 31, 2007 2:37 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

You've got those expressive hands down pat, Scott. Hope things went well at the exhibit in Long Beach. Congrats.

November 04, 2007 8:26 PM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

Hey, think this is my favourite of yours so far. A bit creepy... congrats on the IF gallery comp too!

November 05, 2007 11:14 PM  
Blogger ottoblotto said...

I like this most of the hands pictures. Excellent integration of the images.

January 16, 2008 9:29 AM  
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