Thursday, 8 March 2012

illustration Friday: intention

My main intention this week was to create something for IF completely by hand - no Photoshop, no Illustrator - just pure and simple hand drawn and coloured. I have also been intending to do a 'thick black glasses' sketch for a very good friend since last year(!) SO to follow through on my good intentions (and kill two birds with one stone - oooh!), here is this week's contribution...
Intention - another sketch for the 'thick black glasses' series. This one is of my friend, Helen, pulling a Helen face, and is much smaller in size than the others (only 297 x 420mm). Sketched and coloured by hand using a 2B pencil and pastels on cartridge paper, there is nothing digital about this artwork - although i did use a digital camera to take a photo of it?!

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  1. I love it. You've been VERY Flattering *happy dance*

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  2. You know it was a blurry photo... had to ad lib a little! Glad you love it! Hope your week has improved?

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  3. Great job! Really terrific. I would be totally petrified if I had to do teeth because they can look SO wrong. But these are perfect! Nicely done!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! Teeth and hands - they're definitely the hardest...

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  4. Gorgeous! So wonderful. Looks like you had fun drawing her, lots of love in this one. I checked out the link for the other thick black glasses and it's just as great, makes me smile.

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    1. A smile is worth everything... thanks Angel!

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  5. Awesome! Love the expression and it's fun not using computer help, huh?
    Would love to see more of these type of illustratiosn from you!

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    1. Yep it is great to free your hand from the computer every now and then - and using messy pastels or charcoal is great to loosen up that perfectionist streak. Only thing is there is no command Z to fix any mistakes! Love faces...

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  6. Worthy goal, I'd say. I personally love "traditional" materials. GREAT expression! And an interesting idea--a series of drawing with heavy black glasses. I hope you don't mind if I steal it (probably not the glasses themselves, but something.....).

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  7. Go for it - I'm sure its been done before (I probably subconsciously got the idea from somewhere else anyway?). Besides, seeing your amazing work inspired me even more to do something more traditional this week... thanks for the comment AND the inspiration! :)

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  8. Karen, I love the expression on her face!! It's great that you challenge yourself this way...the result is great!! It's nice to go back to our pencil sometimes.. I love the feeling of crayons and pastels on paper. You did an amazing job at drawing your friend! Love those glasses too...tell her that it suits her face very well!! :)

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    1. Thanks Isabelle! Pencil is always a starting point for me - where it goes from there depends on the sketch. This one just has to be done in pastel...

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  9. Great expression! I really like thick black glasses as a theme. Hope to see more : )

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  10. Thanks Laurel! I'm actually working on a series of thick black glasses sketches in pastel - when I find a face or person that inspires me (and they also just happen to wear glasses!), I do a big sketch. Love faces...

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