Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Illustration Friday: Beginning, Shichi Go San


The inspiration behind this illustration is the Japanese festival Shichi Go San held in November. Girls ages 3 and 7 and boys ages 3 and 5 are dressed in traditional kimonos and hakamas. Participating children are then taken to temple to be blessed with long life.

At age 7, girls begin wearing an "obi" with their kimono rather than just the simple cords they wore with their kimonos prior to this age. An obi is a wide, decorative sash fastened in the back as a wide, flat bow.



This is My first submission to Illustration Friday .

I wanted to create something with very clean cut shapes and blocks of color that also had texture. I watched many cartoons while working, which helped me understand how to best make shadows and highlights without the full use of gradients.



Friday, November 1, 2013

Workin'


Boy, does it feel wonderful to be back in the swing of things. Between moving and getting rather sick I was forced into a short break. However, I have gotten my work space in order, ideas pent up in my head, and a brush in hand.








Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Meg from Disney's movie "Hercules".


Today I've been fiddling around with the idea and imagery of stained glass combined with paper cutting.  For this test run I made Meg from "Hercules". I choose to simplify and skip facial detailing and  put focus on the hair and dress instead.  It was fun making sure the character was recognizable despite the lack of eyes, a nose, mouth and cheeks and other discerning features.