Saturday, November 20, 2010

Illustration Friday: Sneaky

Well I truly enjoyed drawing this one, but unfortunately the crosshatching/shading with a pen was hurting my wrist (I've had tendonitis for years).  I was thinking though, maybe I could crosshatch bits at a time, and rest and stretch my wrist every few minutes.  Anyone have any experience with this sort of thing?

*EDIT*  Just added another version done with charcoal, colored pencil and watercolors.

21 comments:

Alina Chau said...

SOOoooo CUTE!! Love the characters!!

froggie said...

hheeheeee! i WANT that striped shirt! great wc, page! sorry about your wrists. taking little breaks will help, i think. :)

Julia Kelly said...

very fun!

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Hi, Paige ~
I like the upper one best for two reasons: 1) The bear looks both puzzled AND irritated, whereas in the lower picture he looks just irritated, and 2) I think because in the upper illustration the fox is lighter and simpler, it makes his posture seem more pronounced (i.e., he is standing VERY still, rigid with tension, probably holding his breath and hearing his own heart pounding within him. "I hope Bear can't hear my heart. It's going to give me away!")

But, of course, both pictures are really good because you're a wonderfully talented artist.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Kylie said...

Oh excellent expression, really well done!

k.h.whitaker said...

oh, love this Paige, the upper one is my favorite! The bear is fabulous. I love the look on his face

Tony LaRocca said...

I'm sneaky and just do my coloring with a multiply layer in Photoshop :)

Sympathy for The Devil said...

i like the first one toooo :)
im no fox but i like writing in boxes :D

nasii said...

Love this! Your work is really Awesome=]

Ginger*:) said...

I just love this one. That fox is wonderful. The two are equally delightful.

June said...

I adore your little bandit character. When I saw the word for IF this week I immediately thought of your earlier sketch of the animal robbers, and wondered if another sketch might appear :) Your blog never disappoints!

I like both versions, but perhaps the top one pleases a little more for the softer line work. I wonder if you could create a 'hatching' brush in Photoshop to help with that task and rest your wrist!

Dan Moynihan said...

Nice work! I like the one you did with charcoal better. The softer feel is nice. That version also has better expressions on the characters and better use of value.

AVeryGoodCoatRack said...

oh my gosh how adorable i LOVE foxes! great illo!

Linda Hensley said...

I like both in different ways. Very nice!

theartofpuro said...

Adorable!Love the characters and shadows!

Mary Hall said...

Lovely ilustration (well, both of them!) - great expressions...

Katie L. White said...

I have arthritis, or it just really hurts when I draw for long periods of time. You do have to rest, and possibly take some Tylenol. Warm water helps too. Great illustration regardless of your pain.

Brine Blank said...

I like the top one as it seems more 'natural' with how the elements fit together. I notice after several days of hard drawing my hand gets a bit of the twitch from my pencil deathgrip..it was pretty funny as I tried to text and couldn't get my thumb to hit the right keys...

Inkhorn said...

Have you tried inking with a brush instead of a pen?

Juan said...

Fantastic! Love your style!

AtelierBrigitte said...

This is so lovely - both of them.