Saturday, 31 July 2010

Fur conundrum

I'm having problems with my fur. Above are various versions of a picture of a little pink monster who is supposed to be fuzzy. I've found my fuzz has a habit of looking more like stubble then fur. I want him to look delightfully huggable and not like a beard so I put to you the question, which of these different ways of drawing fur looks the fuzziest, 1,2 or 3? If you have a better way of representing fur please do say. Also, does he look cute?

Thursday, 22 July 2010

W is for...

Weasels plotting world domination!

Here's my offering for the ABC book. There's only so much you can really do with W and I've always been interested in both megalomania and tubular furry creatures so it seemed apt. I'm in need of opinions because I've not yet shown this to anyone who doesn't love me enough to just say 'oh yes that's wonderful darling, aren't you clever' instead of something constructive so please do your worst my illustrative comrades.

There's several things that worry me but the main one is can you actually tell what's going on in the main image? Are the cultural references obvious enough (or too obvious?!)? Also, I'm not sure there's enough depth and so I may not be apparent that the viewer is looking down onto the map from a gallery where the control panel is situated. I think once again this image has lost something in translation from the original sketch to the colour version so I've attached the sketch along with the outlines and colour (which were done separately and then layered digitally) so you can make up your own mind. There's still time to change it!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Drawing children is not easy.

I was allowed into a primary school today and for the first time I openly drew some children without worrying about being arrested. It wasn't easy because firstly, drawing people is hard generally and children are harder because they're all funny shapes with their fat heads and stubby limbs. Secondly, they have shorter attention spans and move around even faster then those monkeys I drew the other day. I much preferred drawing the classroom interior especially the tiny little chairs, they're adorable.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Monkey life drawing

I've not put anything up here for a while so here's some monkeys I drew at the zoo the other day. I see a theme emerging.