Illustration Friday: Soar


This week’s Illustration Friday topic was particularly inspiring. I want to grow my illustration business this year, and really give myself an opportunity to soar.

I have lots of plans but as far as New Year’s Resolutions go I have this one: to post every single week to Illustration Friday. This year I petered out a bit in November, as my usual perfectionist streak took over — I have at least three images which made it as far as a “tight pencil sketch” but my usual working style requires at least 2 weeks for a truly final image. Most of the pictures in my portfolio took 4-8 weeks to finish (some even longer) and I’m trying to streamline my process but it’s hard to let go. So from this point on, I’m taking the title of my blog more seriously and if all I have time for that week is a quick scribble, then THAT is what I’m posting. This is something I want to do, but it has to fit around my day job, my more directly business-related efforts, remodeling, and family time.

This week’s image is a bit of an experiment in drawing the entire thing directly on the computer using Photoshop and my tablet. The tablet surface is a bit slippery, and gave me some trouble with my usual foliage scumbling, so it may have to evolve a bit. Fortunately, I have tons of photo reference on eagles from a previous project! I’m not entirely happy with the level of detail, but it’s not too bad for an image that took about 2 hours, start to finish. Click to enlarge.

3 thoughts on “Illustration Friday: Soar

  1. I love to see other peoples process… so can’t wait to see sketches! I think having more then one working style is a good thing. Doing looser work can really help strengthen the hand-eye-art-making muscles; although the detail is great in this one and extraordinary in your other work. Great work! Julie

  2. Very Nice! This illustration is definitely doesn’t have the depth of your typical work, but it is beautiful none the less…I’m impressed that this was done entirely digital. Do you normally use pen and ink and watercolor?
    I love your work!

  3. julie – I should follow your lead and post those unfinished sketches, it’s always a challenge capturing the vibrancy of a pencil sketch in the finished product, isn’t it? I’m waaaay out of practice doing gesture drawings from life, but that’s something I want to do more of this year too.

    rose – I usually use pens on paper, and then scan it it to add colors digitally. Doing the “inks” on the computer throws me for a loop because I can’t just tilt the page when I need to. I like your watercolor work a lot, I have to get into the right state of mind to play with them, I can be such a control freak, lol!

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