"Hurry!" by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

Illustration Friday – Hurry!

Oh how life mirrors art sometimes! When I first saw the topic for this weeks IF I was really excited and bursting with grand ideas for what to do. Eventually though, with the 4 day Jubilee weekend eating so much time I scaled down the idea considerably. But even scaled down it was a lot of work and by yesterday morning I threw in the towel and resigned myself that I just wasn’t going to be able to do something for this week.

This morning though, as I sat at my computer, cat on lap, gazing at the rain as it lashed the window I suddenly got a jolt of inspiration. Reaching for the nearest sketch pad, I leave them littered around the house so there’s usually one near by, and a pencil I doodled a little person trying to get out of the rain – a not uncommon sight in Britain – and suddenly knew that he was in a hurry and with that the race to get this posted in time to add to Illustration Friday listings was on!

"Hurry!" by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

“Hurry!” by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

It’s probably not the greatest piece of art in the world as it was, as the topic suggests, hurried. I scanned the sketch to get the idea but used Photoshop to redraw and colour the piece digitally.

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Illustration Friday – ‘Faded’

I’ve always had a soft spot for chameleons, with their multi-directional eyes and their awesome colour changing ability they have always seemed one of the world’s stranger inhabitants. So, when I saw this week’s Illustration Friday topic, Faded, my mind drifted towards the chameleon and the type of situation where blending in to the background might not help things!!!

So, may I present, Crispin, your friendly neighbourhood chameleon… okay, so there’s a chance he’s also a small time crook but if that’s the case then his colour changing stills aren’t going to help in a police identity parade!!!

'Unusual Suspect' by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

‘Unusual Suspect’ by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

This unusual suspect was created in Photoshop, though unlike last week he was based on several sketches of chameleons as I wanted to capture his chameleon-ness.

Illustration Friday - Kernel - "Star Seeds" by A.R Vincent, Copyright 2012

Illustration Friday – ‘Kernel’

I was told recently that my style was very ‘cute’ and, though I don’t have a problem with that as such, I wanted to try something different for this weeks IF something that was far from cute! Besides, when I saw the topic of ‘Kernel’ for Illustration Friday this week nothing immediately leapt to mind so I decided it would be a good time to let my imagination show me the way…

"Star Seeds" by A.R Vincent, Copyright 2012

The design of the creature actually came to me as I was staring at the irregular, blotchy pattern on a piece of linoleum – some people see faces, I see hideous mutant plant monsters from outer space, I guess thems the breaks! When I started creating the beasty, first as a pencil sketch and then in Photoshop, I actually had no idea about the story surrounding it or if it would tie in to the theme. However, as the little critter took shape he started to tell me his story and I discovered that this extra terrestrial piece of sentient flora was no pot plant!!

Now the art is done and posted I’m going to pen a story to go with him and perhaps see about posting that here too.

Until then my friends, look to the skies and think twice before mowing your lawn this summer… because one day your lawn may want revenge… mwa-ha-ha!!

"Ursus The Terrible And The Little Hitchhiker" by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

Illustration Friday – Hitch

I must confess I wasn’t too inspired by this weeks Illustration Friday word, hitch. Perhaps it was because of this or because I have been busy with other projects that I was very late finishing this up and posting it. Whatever the reason, it’s here now!

Please let me introduce you to Ursus The Terrible and the little hitchhiker….

"Ursus The Terrible And The Little Hitchhiker" by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

“Ursus The Terrible And The Little Hitchhiker” by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

Illustration Friday – ‘Return’

Okay, okay, so maybe I’ve listening to one too many of Escape Pods sci-fi podcasts because alien life seems to be becoming a theme for me!

This week, for Illustration Friday, I wanted to do something different, both in terms of style and, with any luck, content. Since this year is full of all things Mayan due to the end of the Mayan calendar this December and the prophecies of the end of the world, or civilisation or such I thought that I would use one of the more sci-fi theories of what will happen as inspiration.

What’s the theory…

Mayan society reached its peak somewhere between 2000BC and 250AD. Mayan civilisation was pretty advanced with a system of writing with which they documented astronomical events and several huge cities supported by complex water and agricultural systems. This early advancement in their civilisation, along with some of their writing and art, has made some people suggest that they were visited by Ancient Astronauts… aka aliens! These benevolent space travellers evidently popped in to give them some pointers and, unless you subscribe to the theories of David Icke, headed back in to the stars. Now, with the Mayan calendar coming to a close, could the 2012 prophecies point to the date when these extra-terrestrial benefactors are due to return?!

'2012 - They Return' by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

‘2012 – They Return’ by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

I always loved the aesthetic used in the PSP game ‘Patapon’ and, having recently done some research on the subject for another project, I’ve also become very interested in shadow plays. So for these image I wanted to see if I could create something using that style. Additionally, I wanted to produce an illustration that was completely unlike the work I normally do, which is very based in colour, texture and details and usually predominantly about characters. Much as I would have loved to sit and create and photograph and actual shadow theatre and puppets this is all done, once again, in Photoshop.

'Swamp' by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

Illustration Friday – Swamp

I guess I should accept it, characters are what I do or perhaps I will do other things… I just shouldn’t go cold turkey on the character design!

As I mentioned at the end of my last IF post I wanted to try to do something that was less focused on character design and this weeks topic, ‘swamp’ seemed just perfect. So I started thinking about it and doing some doodles and suddenly there they were, looking up at me from my sketch pad, three gooey characters that had literally grown up out of the swamp! Not only did they stare up at me with the distinct expression of “this is our swamp and we’re not leaving” but they came complete with an entire short story for me to pen about them!

Well, after a little initial outrage at having my best efforts at creating a landscape scene hijacked by sentient gloop, I decided that I should just roll with it. So I have, with a fully Photoshopped illustration and a scribbled outline for a short story which, once I’ve eventually finished it, I will see about posting up as a podcast! 

And here they are, the Swampies…

'Swamp' by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

'Swamp' by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

Illustration Friday - Yeild - A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

Illustration Friday – Yield

I found this weeks IF topic, yield, a really tough one. Everyone I mentioned it to seemed to instantly think crop yield and suggested pictures of corn, wheat or maize, but I just didn’t feel inspired by grain crops! I did have a bunch of ideas that I didn’t really have the time to do justice to (so I’ve put aside for later) and one sci-fi idea that I actually finished working on before I binned because I didn’t like it.

 But then, whilst trying to find a blank page in the sketch book, I found a doodle I did ages ago and thus Sparky the dragon was born.

Here he is guarding his treasure, it is the yield from plundering dwarf mines and rich elvish cities… or so he claims. Personally, I think he looks a little to cute to do a whole lot of plundering but perhaps, with dragons, it’s the cute ones you have to look out for!

"Rich Pickings" by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

"Rich Pickings" by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

It did take quite a while to change dragon doodle in to fully Photoshopped illustration and I confess, as I was trying to do this in my spare time, that I did rush a little towards the end. Still, though he’s not perfect, I’m pretty pleased the result.

Illustration Friday - Fluid

Illustration Friday – Fluid

Ah, the 13th post! Well, perhaps this is fitting then.

This weeks Illustration Friday topic was ‘fluid’. I haven’t had all that much time this week, thanks to a freelance opportunity that has swung my way, so this image was really an idea which bubbled up as I was sketching something else and getting angry, frustrated and generally pissy about not being able to get the image in my head and the image on the paper to match! So, peeved at my own short comings, I turned the page and let my pencil take a stroll across the paper without me paying it much heed.

What appeared was this, it made me snigger and as soon as I started it I thought of the IF topic! I know its kinda cheeky, a little naughty and, well, litterally “toilet humour” but it made me giggle so I thought I’d run with it… if you pardon the phrase.

"One Fluid Motion" by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

"One Fluid Motion" by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012

I won’t be explicit about whats happening in the picture, I’m sure you get the idea, but I will say that our hero has just realised that something is more fluid then is should be!!!

As I said, time this week was short so this piece really is only a quick sketch, not even attempting glossy or professional, with little work or Photoshoping. It is, in all senses of the term… a little crude!