Sunday, September 25, 2005

Fresh, adj.- full of, or renewed in vigor: refreshed

This is the first sketch I came up with when I saw that this week's I-Fri topic was "fresh." Despite the commonly held notion that Autumn is a time of decay, I think of it as a refreshing time of year. There's crisp scents, fresh harvest fruits, cool breezes and startling array of fall colors.

The girls was a little older than I wanted her to be, so I attempted to make her look a little younger. Here's the second version:
I kept the sketch loose, and played around with the dog a little. My own puppy was the inspiration. She's basically a small mop on legs (like a mini "cousin It"), and any time the breeze blows, that's what she looks like.

Here's the final version. I think it's a little stiff and the cape's a little too small, but I wanted to keep it simple. Here's a quote I found that I think expresses the mood I was attempting to display: "It was one of those perfect... autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life" P.D. James

I think I'm going to attempt some other illos with this girl and her dog.


  1. Great illo. Autum has always been my favorite season.

  2. Autumn is my favorite too, and this is the perfect representation of it.. and the freshness that I too associate with those auntum winds. And the little pup.... so cute!

  3. I was thinking something autumn-like as well. I love the colors and chill in the air, it is such a beautiful time of the year. :)

  4. Great illustration. I especially like how you showed us the progression from concept to completion. I really like your style.

  5. Autumn is my favorite time of year. This is a great illustration!


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