So if yesterday’s illustration was a fond farewell to Summer, today’s post is sort of my hello to Autumn– though I’m actually much more excited about it than the pensive tone of this image might suggest. ~_^
I sketched this boy almost ten years ago but never progressed very far in completing the picture. I wasn’t getting the mood right. It was supposed to give a quiet, introspective vibe but somehow it turned sombre so I shelved it as a future project. When I picked it up again, all these years later, I started over from scratch and was feeling much better about it– until I got to the coloring stage and it started feeling dismal again. So I finally scrapped my original palette (browns, greys, and blues) and slapped some brightness on it. ‘Cause it’s hard to think too deeply about his state of mind when your eyes are being assaulted by that much lime green, right?
Someday, when my grasp of color theory and execution is more sure, I’ll re-do this one with the intended palette– and it won’t be depressing…
Okay, I lied– mermaids are on the way but fairies are still hogging my brain space. So have another.
Summer is almost over in my neck of the woods. The air is getting chilly and crisp at night and trees are starting to take on hints of red and gold. I love Autumn more than any other season and I’m excited for it– but this year’s Summer was incredibly green and bright and I’m going to miss that a bit. I think that’s where this illustration sprang from– trying to capture the lush colors that are going to disappear soon…
Yay! The carousel girls are finally done! Below are preview shots of the five finished illustrations but you can check out the full images in the gallery (as they’re far too wide to fit nicely in my blog frame).
Working on several other collections right now, ranging from mermaids to a silhouette experiment, but I probably won’t be posting anything else here until September. In the meantime, I’ll be rebuilding my webcomic site and putting the finishing touches on a couple new pages– yes, Sink updates will resume this month! Whoohoo!
So… you may have noticed that the site’s been down for awhile (you know, after it was wonky and losing posts for a week or two). The short story is that my account was hacked bad, tech support was baffled, and I had to rebuild the site from scratch. Not exactly how I wanted to spend the first two months of Summer…
But the good news is that they were able to save all my posts dating back to 2011 (though I did lose comments for a few of the most recent entries) and I learned that WordPress is full of security holes that every website owner needs to be aware of and address. If you use WordPress, I highly recommend that you check out WPCop and learn how to protect your own site.
Anyway, I don’t have time right now to rebuild the theme exactly as I’d like so I’m keeping it simple and jumping back into the illustration and design work I’ve fallen behind on– including those carousel horses! They’ll be finished and posted, soon; in the meantime, here’s a sneak-peak of all the lineart together:
I’m so glad to be back and looking forward to catching up with you!
For months, creating an example image for my commission rates has been on my to-do list but deciding what that image would be was holding up the process. I sketched and sketched and sketched… and then deleted, deleted, deleted. But a week ago, I was looking for a specific flower reference when I stumbled upon a gorgeous bouquet of pink and purple flowers– and I suddenly knew what colors my illustration would feature. With that settled, the sketch finally materialized!
So, yay, one more thing checked off my list and my Commission Rates are now available, too.