Sunday, April 30, 2006

Under the Sea

(I am on FIRE! Three posts in one day- whew!)
The theme for this week's Illustration Friday topic struck me as a little odd. I mean, it seems like we had the topic of "Sea" not that long ago. The similarity in topics was a little discouraging. Plus, I posted an image last week that featured a creature under the sea! Despite that, I decided to go ahead an post my squid triptych. This little guy was in my sketch book last week, and I knew I wanted to paint him in a fun way, so I broke him up into three separate pieces.
Then I decided on my color palette- a nice contrast of cools and warms.
I began the underpainting with yellow, to give the guy a little warmth.
I added some orange to give it a little body.
I deepened the contrast with a red-orange and added a few bubbles for background. (Do you see a hint of a nose? Odd, huh?)
Finally, I gave him some eyes, and topped it off with some light blue swirls to make it more dynamic and add a suggestion of movement.
Here he is in all of his glory.

20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. Love seeing the process, too! I like the triptych format, it works nicely in this case.

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  2. i like the process photos too!
    he is a beautiful creature...

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  3. I like him!
    He seems to be tender and nice. I also love the colors and the way u tell us how u do it ;)

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  4. this is really cool...I enjoy seeing the process also!

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  5. This is neat! Thanks for the Work in Progress.

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  6. Great illo! I love how you showed the process!

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  7. Very nice to se the process of the work. I like your results, it is so glowing. Good work!

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  8. This is wonderful. I love the vibrant colors. Great feel and cropped so cool!

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  9. What a great way to display this piece, the dividing into thirds really makes him look like he is swimming in and out. Love the color combinations... (I thought the word "sea" was just a topic not to long ago too, very strange)

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  10. Wow, great fun showing all the steps into creating this wonderful creature. Great job. Love that orange and blue.

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  11. LOVELY!! Great three panels idea too!

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  12. Ooh! I really like this one!

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  13. i just love this triptych idea for a squid - i imagine you could a wrap around if you chose to. interesting to show the different stages of the process and a fabulous result! great work.

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  14. This is very cool! I like the triptych concept, and i like the idea that the separate pieces are almost abstract. Great colors!

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  15. Very cool squid. I like how it's in separate pieces too. Nice work!

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  16. This under-the-sea creature is fantastic!

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  17. Wow! i love this! Beautiful colours! ;)

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  18. Very cool. Love that you included the how to!

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