Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Illustration Friday - remote

It can be lovely to live a long way from everything in the daytime. Rural, peaceful, picturesque.


But at night, when it gets dark and everything closes in, it can get more than a bit creepy!




Coloured pencil and felt tip pen, with a bit of frottage on my well used wooden breadboard.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Illustration Friday - cold


Weather forecasters have predicted the coldest winter for a decade this year in the UK. (I know that for a lot of you, that's nothing, not even a goosepimple!). The country folk say that if you have a lot of holly berries, its a sign of a cold winter to come. They say that nature knows in advance and ensures a good supply of food for the birds. Well, the holly bush in my garden is just loaded this year, and everywhere the ivy is fruiting, so maybe they are right!

I took a photo of the holly berries against a bleak grey sky, then I put it in paintshop pro and added a coloured pencil effect.



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and then I tried a few more effects:

















On the left, coloured edges. On the right, coloured foil, I think this one looks really cold! And below, curly qs.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Pencil portrait


Pencil portrait. Posted by Picasa

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Age 4. Its very hard to put in enough detail and yet keep that baby-soft quality that small children have.

Soft graphite pencil on cartridge paper.

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Illustration Friday - Escape


Come on Joe, you can do it! Posted by Picasa

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Coloured pencil on cartridge paper.

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Illustration Friday - Escaping


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I'm coming, help me up!

Coloured pencil on cartridge paper.