Well, with my work deadline this close and a week beset with technical trauma, I didn’t expect to have something for this weeks Illustration Friday!! But sometimes it comes down to stepping away from the computer… or throwing it out the window… and at times like these there’s time to do some drawing, take your imagination for a walk and try and remember why it is you wanted to work in the creative industry. So after a little sketching and, with a cat purring on my lap, I sat and spent some happy Photoshop time putting this together and fell in love again with illustration and the arts.
Anyway, this isn’t supposed to be a post about me getting vocal, this is about a post about a little guy who gets vocal because its part of who he is… please put your paws together for Guido the Trumpet Chicken!!!
Okay, I know it’s a terrible joke but I didn’t have time to do the illustration I wanted to do, as it would have taken too long with the other work I have at the moment, and the piece I started took a different direction to the one I was intending.
This piece was actually a piece of speculative concept work I did for a client earlier in the year.
‘Under Canvas’ by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012
It turned out that this wasn’t the look they wanted for the piece so it got pushed to the side. This then, though not what it was intended for, is its moment of glory, though obviously pretty tentative as far as this weeks IF is concerned. I’ll try to do better next week!!
It was a pen and ink illustration coloured in Photoshop.
“ca·pa·ble (adjective) – having power and ability; efficient; competent: a capable instructor.”
I didn’t really think I’d have much time to do something for this week because of other commitments but I still toyed with several ideas, some more sophisticated than others, before doing a quick doodle on the side of a Sudoku puzzle in bed. Hmmm… I thought sleepily, this might have potential, but then I fell asleep and dropped the Sudoku puzzle on my face!
I re drew it the next day, scanned it in and then, every time I needed a break from the work I was doing, fiddled with it a little bit more in Photoshop until it was done. Had I had more time to dedicate to it, it would have obviously been more polished but as it is only a day’s tinkering in my downtime, I’m actually quite proud of it!
Right, without further a do, I am pleased to introduce to you Intergalactic Dishwasher Extraordinaire, Bob, a more than capable member of the kitchen team!
'More then Capable' by A.R Vincent, copyright 2012
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
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!
I used to submit something to Illustration Friday regularly on a different blog but got out of the habit of doing them, but I’ve been using the new year (and a very chilly and unspiring January) to re evaluate the things I do with my time and IF is back on the menu. Its good to have a deadline and a brief but still keep almost complete artistic freedom.
So, this week the word was forward which made me think of things which move forward and since time can only move forward I focused on that – both the human formulation (the clock) and the more physical manifestations, such as day and night and the seasons. This, by the way, is much deeper thinking then I normally come up with!!
As ever this was a drawing I scanned and then worked on in my old friend, Photoshop.
Woohoo! I have completed my first Sketchbook Project submission. My little sketchbook is now in the post and winging its way across the seas to join thousands of others at the Brooklyn Library of Art.
What Is the Sketchbook Project Anyway?
The Sketchbook Project is, according to website, “a constantly evolving library of artists’ sketchbooks from across the globe”. Hosted by, and eventually at, the Brooklyn Art Library, NY, the annual crop of sketchbooks are gathered, scanned, and packed up as travelling exhibition for a global tour.
How’d I Get Involved?
Well, I stumbled across the project via another illustration website. You simply go online, choose your theme – this year I chose “A Companion Guide” – pay a small entry fee and wait. Not too long after this a small brown sketchbook flops through the letter box and you begin.
There aren’t many rules, you can do what you like to the inside and outside of the book (even rebind it, should the need take you) as long as you exceed the outlined width limit and you remember that this little book will be frequently handled and travel hundreds of miles so things should be dry, secure and not constantly shedding glitter or feathers or such.
Taking all that in to consideration, I expect my little book is quite tame compared to some they get. But then this was my first go on this particular merry-go-round and I wanted to test my metal… next year, though, I’ll be more adventurous! My next sketchbook will be a different story.