Thursday, November 8, 2007

Illustration Friday: Hats

'Hats' was an interesting prompt – I initially had a great idea, but then completely forgot it during the course of a day. Must write these things down! Anyway, I then got to thinking about what would be the most unpleasant thing to wear as a hat. I was going to do a series, but ... well, you never know. And as the prompt was 'hats,' I thought there needed to be another hat in the image...

Friday, November 2, 2007

Illustration Friday: Trick...

Thought I'd challenge myself to go a bit darker for this week's IF prompt (Trick or Treat). So I chose a couple of characters from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, a former school project I'm revamping a little. This is Croup – he's a hired assassin, described as being fox (with sharp teeth, of course). Early on in the book Croup sacrifices another character in the book, and compares him to the canaries they used to send down mines. The canary comes to an unfortunate end. Croup's partner in crime, Vandemar, is the nastier of the two, and is yet to come. I don't think he's really a treat, but hopefully he'll be fun to draw too!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Illustration Friday: Grow 2

And here is the painted version of the previous sketch.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Illustration Friday: Grow

Just in the nick of time! Posting this sketch for 'grow' at 11:30 on Thursday night! Can't wait to see what the next prompt is. Am painting this one, but haven't quite gotten there yet, and wanted to post something before the deadline. This is a combination of two fairy-tales.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Illustration Friday: Communication

On the left, Hermes, or Mercury, the messenger of the Olympian gods. He is usually depicted with a winged cap or winged shoes, but instead I merged him with one of his animal symbols, the rooster.

On the right, Argus Panoptes, a giant with one hundred eyes.

Hermes is an amazing representative of communication – not only is he messenger of the gods, but he is also their psychopomp (what a great word!), the entity who delivers the newly-deceased to Hades, and he was said to carry Morpheus' dreams from Somnus, the valley of sleep, to sleeping humans.

In the story depicted here, Hermes is called upon by Zeus to rescue Io, the priestess Zeus has been cheating on his wife with. Hera has figured the infidelity out, but Zeus quickly changed Io into a white cow before Hera spotted her with him. Not fooled, Hera asked for the cow for a present, and had Argus Panoptes tether it to an olive tree and guard it. Zeus sends Hermes to rescue Io (and kill Argus Panoptes), and he achieves this by different means in different stories. In this version Hermes tells the giant really boring stories to lull it to sleep (and thus make it close all its eyes) and then kills it. What a way to communicate!

An interesting addendum to this story is an origin myth – in order to commemorate her giant, Hera places Argus' eyes in the feathers of the peacock. That would make a great illustration as well, I think.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Illustration Friday: Gravity

Newton the apple considers the gravity of his situation and the fates of fallen comrades on the orchard floor far below.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Illustration Friday: Crash

Well, my first post, and my first drawing for Illustration Friday — except that it's Saturday, and I missed the deadline. Whoops. Hmm, well I'll blame it on my rookie status, and try harder for this upcoming week, when the theme is gravity. This is my interpretation of 'crash' — a soon-to-be shipwreck in a bottle.