Sunday, 29 March 2009

IF "poise" - ongoing pachyderms...


Still exploring treatments for the story characters. This illustration uses the elephant cut outs and charcoal line overlay (with modifications) from the earlier post. With these cut outs as a guide I used watercolour on some really nice cotton rag paper I'd forgotten that I had. Expensive paper for an off the cuff experiment but I've had the paper for ages, too scared to waste it before now (the reason I'll never feel at ease using moleskins as sketch books...). It really is an interesting paper to paint on as the coarse open grain bleeds the paint in unexpected ways while the heavy weight allows for fairly controlled washes on unstretched sheets. After compositing the various elements in photoshop I chopped up the body further to give me more points of articulation for posing in the illustration. I'm really enjoying the balance (no pun intended) of dynamism against quirkiness which this unplanned pose approach gives.

25 comments:

Owl Eng said...

It definitely looks poised!! you have great style here ;)

Lenoirrr said...

Great illustration! Made me laugh out loud!

jazzlamb said...

haha. I love the cutout paint thing that you did for the elephant. damn cute!

Amy C said...

it looks really fab, the texture of the paper is sooo perfect for your phants skin!

David Kow said...

so great expression in the elephant eye. awesome job!!!

Danyell said...

Ah ha ha. Really cute. I like the way you did the skin too.

Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli said...

You're so good at drawing elephants. It seems to me that's what had attracted me to your blog in the first place. Nice texture.

sonoio said...

buenísima!!!

Valerie Lorimer said...

Great illo! Love the textures and darling elephant.

neilornstein said...

nicely done

ArtSparker said...

Wow, Matt - that's wonderful. I love the puppetry aspect of this.

Kacey said...

Great job Matt, what a fantastic style and clever idea for this subject! I look forward to seeing more of your work:)

lianne said...

love the contrast between the very fine umbrella and the elephants skin.

Kristi Valiant said...

I love the textures and definitely the facial expression. Very fun illustration.

Atsi-Batsi said...

I can relate to what you said about using moleskins as sketchbooks! :)

Wonderful work! I love the muted palette and the elephant's expression.

Carmen Saldaña said...

Wow, terrific illo!
It´s AMAZING (in capital letters :-)). All in this illo is fantastic, the composition, the colors, the textures of the elephant....I have no words to describe it.

:-)

FRANK M HANSEN said...

Just amazing. The idea, the colors, and the awesome work on the cut out and overall skill. Bravo.

kathy hare said...

love it! one of my favourites this week..

krisztina maros said...

hi Matt, i love your textures again! this elephant seems really universal :) so fine colors on his skin, delightful!

(btw: have you seen the painting elephants on the web? i would rather see elephants on paintings than painting elephants i think...except they enjoy drawing.)

krisztina maros said...

and yes, i know and love Calvin & Hobbes - or as we call them in Hungary: Huba & Kázmér :)

Karen said...

Wow. Super Illustration!

JUD RV said...

hahaha.... i love it, its sooooooo funy.. :D

Louise said...

Texture and lines work great, espically for an elephant. this look is a good 'un

xl pharmacy said...

I'm fascinated with the illustration. it reminds me a Circus I visited when I was in Beijing and where the elephants were able to do whatever stuff humans do. An spectacle out of world.

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