Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Illustration Friday: Cracked




This elephant is a little cracked in the head.

20 comments:

Anish Daolagupu said...

truly cracked... unless if icarus sr. came and made those wings for him... then he would be cracked if he flies towards the sun...

but the illustration is beautiful.... :)

Ken said...

I like the loose watercolors with your airy pen line. Very innocent.

ale balanzario said...

oh oh, poor little elephant, love it, so cute

christine grove said...

sooo cute!

storyqueen said...

I think he's rather hopeful......Kind of feel like that elephant myself most days!

very, very adorable!


Shelley

parisa mahmoudi said...

Ah,soooo fantastic!The idea is really great and the presentation,too! :)

Laura said...

Oh, I'm sure he will fly! Why not?

Phyllis Harris said...

Dang it, Paige! I am so envious of your talent!! But seriously, I LOVE the ink lines. I think this is my favorite choice of your line work thus far. I am so shaky with pen and ink, that's why I use pencil instead.

This is another one to add to my favorites! :o)

Fadas & C.ยช said...

Ups! Why am I seeing a BIG fall! Very sweet your elephant!

Paige Keiser said...

Thanks everyone! 8-)

Hi Phyllis, my hands are shaky too which is why I've been mostly sticking to pencil line these days - this one is actually colored pencil as well. I varied the line thickness like it would be if it were a dip pen just to experiment, and used a couple pencil colors--burnt sienna and a black. It really made it sing nicely when I dropped the watercolors over it. I think I'll give this technique a few more tries.

Oh, and me too Storyqueen! I was first trying to make it silly for the theme, then realized that this elephant is a lot of us - taking a big leap of faith in such a difficult business :)

Roberta said...

Cute little elephant with some really big ideas!!

auralesnjak said...

Lovely style and great line work! Very sweet expression. I look forward to reading your articles too!

Laura Zarrin said...

I agree with Phyllis. I love this style of linework. He's so adorable! Love your blog header, too. Your talent is amazing and is your work ethic.

Laura Zarrin said...

Are you using regular wax based color pencil?

Karen said...

Great elephant! I love its miniature wings, how its ears are lying flat (unusual position for elephant ears) and the sky is wonderful as well.

Loni Edwards said...

Eeek! I fear for him! :) A beautiful illo!

Paige Keiser said...

Hi Laura - thank you! :-) yes they're prismacolors, although I've heard of a differente type of colored pencil that's very soft and almost 'paints' onto the paper the way oiled pastel would. Can't think of the name though. That would be great for outlines!

Thanks very much everyone for stopping by and commenting!

theartofpuro said...

I love the idea and the colours are so warm

Jan Dolby said...

I really like it!

Amy C said...

oh my gosh so very cute - I hope the drop isn't too far!