Saturday, January 19, 2008

Illustration Friday-"Plain"

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This is my entry for IF's "plain". I guess I'd call it "How To Have Fun With A Plain Piece Of Paper". Hope the instructions are plain and clear too. Was directly inspired by Red Dog And Jude's great instructional entry last week!

Per my usual modus operandi, did vector lines, painted an actual "skyish" background with acrylics and combined in Photoshop. A fresher color palette too!

*****Any one want to send me photos of their hands??? I am looking for fun hand images to draw from others. Why don't you consider taking a photo of your hand or hands doing something interesting and I'll draw and post. Hope some of you take me up on this!!! Send photos to "scott (at), replace the "at" with the at symbol and use no spaces...*****

Also, does anyone know a good way to take acrylic paint and make it "sprayable"?


Blogger Kelly Medina said...

Great illustration. I love the background color and texture.

January 19, 2008 11:12 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

You always come up with great illustrations! Very nice.

I will see if I can photograph my hands one of these for the acrylic paint, I think you would need to water it WAY DOWN before you could spray it. I don't see it spraying very well.

January 20, 2008 12:03 AM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

i will definitely send you a picture of my hands, where do i send it to?

very very watery and then do it very very quickly.

January 20, 2008 12:28 AM  
Blogger marcisenders said...

Great illo!

January 20, 2008 6:33 AM  
Blogger Nancy Bea Miller said...

So cool! I may print this one out for my kids to use, is that OK?

P.S. I'll try and send you some hand photos!

January 20, 2008 9:22 AM  
Blogger cat´s & dog´s said...

thanks for visiting my blog!
Kr cat´s and dog´s

January 20, 2008 11:00 AM  
Blogger Richard Cardona said...

Sprayable Acrylics... I've done large paintings this way. Get those $0.99 squirt bottles from Home Depot usually used for cleaning. Mix and shake in enough Acrylic with water into the bottle, (lots of water). Try not to use cadmiums or other toxin based colors. (And use a spray mask). The squirt bottles with the twist nozzles are good as they give varying sprays from fine to full stream. Have fun. Thanks.

January 20, 2008 1:12 PM  
Blogger Richard Cardona said...

Also - go to Starbucks / Peets, whatever, with a book of prints, show a few off, and ask strangers if you can photograph their hands? Meet some interesting people in the process of doing so... ?

January 20, 2008 1:13 PM  
Blogger Richard Cardona said...

Also - in sprayable comment I forgot to say, get about 20 bottles so you can mix up a lot of colors ahead of time to use.

January 20, 2008 1:15 PM  
Blogger kde* said...

You always come up with the most ceative ideas! This one is a beauty, as are all of your other works. I love your style.

PS- Thank you for commenting my blog so often :]

January 20, 2008 3:01 PM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

Great idea for this week! My plane keeps crashing though....

Will try and think of a pose for my hands too!

January 20, 2008 4:03 PM  
Blogger rbaird said...

Cool as ever! Where do get these ideas!

January 20, 2008 9:07 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

One of my favorites of yours! Love the colors.

I think they make acrylic airbrush paint. I've seen bottles of them at my local art supply store. Not sure if it's Golden or one of the other guys...but it's out there!

January 20, 2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger el gran pablinew said...


January 21, 2008 3:15 AM  
Blogger eyecontact said...

Love all the work here, esp. the quilt. Thanks for the blog comment on my IF horse. Keep up the fun blogs! Let us know how the acrylic spray goes. Ditto to comments ab that here. :)

January 21, 2008 5:45 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

Great hands, as always!

January 21, 2008 7:22 AM  
Blogger Gabe said...

Vectors and acrylic is a really interesting combo. Excellent results too.

January 21, 2008 7:35 AM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

That is pretty of my favorites. I know you like to do different versions of items...I wonder how much 'pop' you could get if you changed the color of the background shapes of the smaller panel to orange, or green or something so that there is a greater sense of depth? Great texture to the background and would love to have this one hanging on the wall...

January 21, 2008 9:48 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Brine, my initial thumbnail sketch did have orange background for the lower panels!!! I might still play with it, but the orange, while it looked great with the blue, made it much harder to discern the action of the hands.

Found this IFer that also did the same idea as me...

January 21, 2008 10:07 AM  
Blogger Tim Hunt said...

I always like instructional diagrams. Especially nice with the painterly background.

January 21, 2008 10:13 AM  
Blogger carmen said...

i am such a sucker for instructional illustrations. i'm totally jealous! yeahhhhh.

January 21, 2008 10:39 AM  
Blogger FRANK M HANSEN said...

Love the unique look of all your work. The clarity of design and choice of color are always good. Simple, strong, clear, and beautiful. Great stuff.

January 21, 2008 12:09 PM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

tnx for your comment...actually the way you depicts hands is terrific!
want to see my hands? click here, please

January 21, 2008 12:27 PM  
Blogger nina seven said...

very nice illo. so weird, I did a couple paper airplanes, too. Not as technical as yours, by far! You are so good at detail!

January 21, 2008 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Mike Limon said...

Scott, it might be called plain, but it's not. It's very creative. I haven't made a paper airplane since grade school. Thanks for bringing back great memories.

Mike Limon

January 21, 2008 1:38 PM  
Blogger Chernin said...

Absolutly clear, the concept and the execution, excellent work, i mean it!!!!!!

P.D.: Excuse my awful english!!

January 21, 2008 3:04 PM  
Blogger Señorita Pil said...

great Illo, you rigth! i like your style!!!!

January 21, 2008 3:42 PM  
Blogger Mac McRae said...

That rules scott. I like that motion arrow. It adds alot to the concept.

January 21, 2008 5:37 PM  
Blogger Faux LeRoy said...

Wow, that is quite an illustration. I've noticed that a good deal of your illustrations are just really solid. How do you find the time to make an illustration every week? I always have a hard time making one consistently each week!

January 22, 2008 6:31 AM  
Blogger Teenie said...

Great job, you overachiever you!

January 22, 2008 6:40 AM  
Blogger Kstyles said...

So precise. Great work!

January 23, 2008 5:16 AM  
Blogger lucky said...

What a very creative interpretation of the theme!
And I really like your style.

Thanks for your comment and have a great day!


January 23, 2008 6:05 AM  
Blogger Vhrsti said...

Nice, very nice works here! Love especially colors you use and clear ideas!

January 23, 2008 10:09 AM  
Blogger MVillos said...

Thanks for visiting!

The "Porse" is very difficult to track down. Once I saw the definition of "Plain Quarters" I couldn't stop myself.

You've produced another great piece..

January 23, 2008 11:45 AM  
Blogger david morris said...

The best ideas go the farthest!

January 23, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger lil kim said...

very clever! A plain plane!

January 23, 2008 2:56 PM  
Blogger Zari said...

very clever and original! love the backgrounds you use!

January 23, 2008 3:32 PM  
Blogger Ojai Women said...

WE love the way you do hands. Please do ours!

January 23, 2008 5:04 PM  
Blogger buep said...

Fantastic! Lovely colors this time ;)

January 23, 2008 6:08 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Simply elegant!

January 23, 2008 6:53 PM  
Anonymous hollygee said...

Oh, good illustrations of hands.

Golden makes a line of liquid acrylics that can be used in spray -- although I still believe that they are too thick for an airbrush. Check out Daniel Smith catalog.

January 23, 2008 7:27 PM  
Blogger JO said...

Wow, a really effective illo. Nice job.

January 23, 2008 9:55 PM  
Anonymous michelle said...

You always do such fabulous illustrations, great take on the topic.

January 23, 2008 11:12 PM  
Blogger nessadee said...

I love the choice of blue in this piece! The tutorial is very straight forward and easy to follow. :) As always, great work!

January 24, 2008 9:08 AM  
Blogger alix said...

this is so great! very nice idea!
I'll see if I have some pictures of my hands or if I can take any!
thanks for passing by my blog!

January 24, 2008 10:44 AM  
Blogger Halloweenville said...

wow this is fantastic!

January 24, 2008 11:20 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Hi Scott! The best sprayable acrylics are by FW Acrylic Artists Ink. They are so fine and well made you don't have to do a thing but pour it into whatever you are using to spray with. They have built a dropper into the lid so you can drop out just the right amount, which is good cuz they are pricey. If the paint isn't strained it clogs and won't work well. That is why this brand I consider one of the very best! Love your piece it is excellent and i do love a beautiful and well-made instructional. I will send a picture of my hands. They are child-sized but they have seen a lot of hard work.

January 24, 2008 11:24 AM  
Blogger conspiracaodaagulha said...

Awesome work! Loved it!

January 24, 2008 11:33 AM  
Blogger Arum said...

Great, love the colours and texture

January 24, 2008 3:00 PM  
Blogger Diana Evans said...

great the blue and the instructions...

Great work....


January 24, 2008 7:28 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

I always look forward to seeing what you do next with your hands (awful pun fully intended). This is one of my favorites, I think. Love the bright colors (are we all getting sick of winter?). There's something a little...I dunno...perverse? ironic? about providing instructions for something as simple as a paper airplane. It's like reading the instructions on the back of a bottle of shampoo. I love that kind of thing.

January 24, 2008 8:15 PM  
Blogger mac said...

You have an incredible work. I am glad to have discovered you!

January 25, 2008 12:28 AM  
Anonymous Suana said...

Beautiful graphic piece, Scott!
Very effective the way you chose the turquoise and blues and the clear numbered inserted manual!

I'll check if I find a portrait of my hands..;P

January 25, 2008 3:59 PM  
Blogger suana said...

Beautiful graphic piece, Scott!
Very effective the way you chose the turquoise and blues and the clear numbered inserted manual!

I'll check if I find a portrait of my hands..;P

January 25, 2008 4:00 PM  
Blogger Natura said...

Wow, how I missed it last week? I find so difficult on doing hands. Yours are just perfect. All the idea is so good.

January 26, 2008 8:59 AM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

wow, look at all these comments!!! Its very enjoyable seeing your hands week after week...they are very expressive and tells an interesting story.

Plus they are hard to draw and you draw them well!

January 27, 2008 10:06 PM  
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