Friday, July 04, 2008

Illustration Friday-Sour

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Created this a.m. for Illustration Friday's "Sour" topic. I draw my lines in Freehand, bring them into Photoshop, add color, then paint and scan a background, which gets blended in. I try hard to create effective color schemes, using a special technique in Photoshop.

Have a great 4th of July to Americans.

I'm going looking for whales today, tomorrow too. Can't wait for the blue whales to show up for the summer!



Blogger Diana Evans said...

HI Scott!!! lovely lemon...and I am amazed at your hand illustrations...I haven't been by in a while ...great work as always!!!

July 04, 2008 8:46 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

looks like you've picked a perfect lemon! Hope you spot some blues :)

July 04, 2008 9:02 AM  
Blogger Kala said...

I love the painterly quality you have in your work, I'm new to working digitally and love combining old and new techniques. Great stuff!

July 04, 2008 9:22 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

You certainly managed the right blend of colours for me. Love the simple lines. Can an expat enjoy the 4th, too?

July 04, 2008 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

even when the topic was citrus i stayed far away from drawing 'em because i just cant :D beautifully illustrated hand and lemon.

July 04, 2008 9:53 AM  
Blogger Ces said...

Very nice sour image. I love the taste of lemon. Does that make me a sour person? Hehe.

July 04, 2008 10:01 AM  
Blogger sophie philo said...

hi scott,
so, you like hands? :-)

July 04, 2008 10:50 AM  
Blogger GRAZIELLA MATTAR said...

Hi Scott, thanks for your comment! I love your illustration! your technique is super:)

July 04, 2008 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gorgeous work on your blog... wow! just beautiful. and you're the first person i have seen who also uses freehand

July 04, 2008 5:12 PM  
Blogger ElegantSnobbery said...

I love this! You have a wonderful technique!!

July 04, 2008 8:10 PM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

marvellous stuff. i am so glad that you are spening this precious time with your first love- the sea and whales. hugs.

July 05, 2008 2:33 AM  
Anonymous johanna said...

thanks for sharing your process. i love your color scheme for this one and you certainly are an expert at drawing hands!

have fun whale watching!

July 05, 2008 2:55 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

It's yellorriffic.

Good luck spotting whales!

July 05, 2008 5:15 AM  
Blogger Kevin Levell said...

This one is definitely not a lemon! Great work as always!

July 05, 2008 7:10 AM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

what a fun collection of illustrations. I like that you have used hands in each one as the common element. I can see how a collection like this might get quite extensive. Hands are difficult to do; to get the proportion correct. Wonderful job doing so.

July 05, 2008 7:36 AM  
Blogger Roberta said...

Very effective ideed Scott!

July 05, 2008 8:40 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

your colours ARE outstanding Scott! beautiful! Have fun with the whales :)

July 05, 2008 9:04 AM  
Blogger thefridayfrog said...

happy whale watching, scott! :))

the colors are just perfect. wonderful harmonies! :)

July 05, 2008 6:58 PM  
Blogger Bobo's Slave said...

Beautiful lemon, perfect yellow!

I saw your photos of whales, they're sooooo adorable! I wish I could touch a whale someday too!

So how is your luck with the whale recently?

July 05, 2008 11:21 PM  
Blogger Emila Yusof said...

This is great, Scott! Great collections of hands! Love them all!

July 06, 2008 9:53 AM  
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Really love the orange and yellow colors - beautiful lines, drawing, textures & technique. Wow- jealous- you get to look for whales- have fun!

July 06, 2008 11:26 AM  
Blogger Valeriannah said...

Cool stuff Scott! I like the canvas texture. When are you going to go back to your old avatar with your pup? I really like your new one, but that old one was sooo cool.

July 06, 2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger isay said...

perfect lemon!

i hope you had a nice time looking for whales-

July 06, 2008 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Ulla Trallala said...

great illustration. cool colors!

July 06, 2008 12:28 PM  
Blogger demonpack said...

the hand is well done. it has a nice sense of mass and you made good line choices.

July 06, 2008 12:41 PM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Nice illustration. Wow, you do hands very well. I haven't drawn hands for a long time and struggled when I recently tried to. I'll use your drawings for inspiration to do better.

July 06, 2008 1:01 PM  
Anonymous claude said...

I really like your style, colors and the linework are really beautiful!
Thanks for the inspiration and for posting a comment on my site!

July 06, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger Heidi Younger Illustration said...

wonderful technique! I wouldn't have known it was "digital" digital Scott... very good drawing of a hand.
now go view those there whales!

July 06, 2008 4:43 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

The colors are beautiful!

July 06, 2008 4:44 PM  
Blogger JRJ said...

Hard to believe this is digital...looks like real paint, & drawing... so, what is Freehand? Guess I need to google it... Real great perspective, color, terrific hand & lemon too!

July 06, 2008 9:52 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

You so such wonderful work. It is always a pleasure to stop by here!

July 07, 2008 8:38 AM  
Blogger Dot said...

heh, i had a feeling that's what you might do for sour! nice job :)


July 07, 2008 2:08 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

ps, boring and predictable? You, never!! :) ps, thanks for stopping by ... dot

July 07, 2008 2:15 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Your nails are nicely manacured in your image. Wonderful illustration! I like the layering in your work.

July 07, 2008 2:58 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks for visiting, Scott!

Fantastic work as usual...

July 07, 2008 5:13 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Hey, Scott! Your Freehand/Photoshop combo is very cool. I've stopped by your blog from time to time. Congrats on the whale watching/naturalist gig. Sounds like you're really enjoying it. Stay dry.

July 07, 2008 9:17 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

your hands are amazing...oh, and the illustrations of hands aren't bad either! LOL

July 07, 2008 9:41 PM  
Blogger matt dawson said...

A great use of colour and 'materials' in this. The crispness of the freehand line works really well against the painted background. Whatever your 'special technique' in photoshop for generating colour schemes is it certain has borne fruit here (arrrgh, sorry for the pun). This piece is no lemon (aaargh, I'll stop it :)

PS. many thanks for visiting the blog, hadn't thought about the 4 pieces that way but you're right now I come to look at it, cheers!

July 08, 2008 4:40 AM  
Blogger Timothy Hunt said...

Nice work Scott. Good to see you back on IF!

July 08, 2008 6:43 AM  
Anonymous :) Silvia said...

Nice lemon. Hope you had the chance to spot some whales.

July 08, 2008 11:30 AM  
Blogger Mixed Media Martyr said...

Great illustration! I see a recurring theme of hands appearing here. Is this a fscination or just an area you are researching visually at the moment?

July 08, 2008 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so delicate but not girlie, love the color story...nice!

a : )

July 08, 2008 8:19 PM  
Anonymous curlyillustrator said...

Thank you for sharing your technique. Its lovely.

July 08, 2008 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your lemon may be sour but your work definitely isn't. Great job Scott! Your hand illustrations always impress me!

July 09, 2008 1:55 PM  
Anonymous melanie said...

very nice! thanks for the how-to and your kind comments :) have a wonderful day,

July 10, 2008 5:32 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Great illustration! I love the colors, too. This is an excellent hand :)

July 10, 2008 9:59 AM  
Blogger nessadee said...

I like the warm colors in this one. Nicely executed, as always!

July 10, 2008 4:48 PM  

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