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. Anonymous9:46 PM

    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. Anonymous3:28 PM

    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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