Monday, 1 February 2010

Flies...



Still busy on the book, and my blogging has suffered as a consequence. I'd love to be posting everything I do but understandably the publishers want to keep their powder dry for when the book is available. I'd also love to take the time out to comment on everyone else's splendid blog works but once I get started panning through the blogosphere for nuggets of pure gold I can loose hours, and I've set myself the task of finishing all 15 illustrations plus cover as quickly as humanly possible, so please bear with me...

In the same vain as the last posts this next is the "Sid The Fly" character isolated from the rest of the illustration (to keep the surprise). Although all the pictures in the book are to be greyscale I couldn't resist trying out some colour on this one and I really enjoyed the way of working, adding colour over the top of full greyscale watercolour texture, plus extra digitally toned work. The final result obviously isn't quite as subtle in the colour variations as true watercolour, but you do have fast, fine, flexible control over your colour choices. I know some painters and illustrators do like to work in this manner, full tone in paint or pencil then colour over the top. This fly trial was very quick to do so I'd really like to do a finished illustration with this new way of working. I might well trial it on the front of the book as the cover uses an expanded version of one of the greyscale interior illustrations. I think it could suit my Jabberwocky plans too... when I eventually start them in earnest!

13 comments:

Victoria Stitch said...

haha i love all his eyes! he looks like a friendly fly!

Abz said...

I like how these turned out! ;)

Jenea said...

My sister and me liked this genial Awesome Flies!!! :)

Kevin Levell said...

As I've said before, the eyes were an inspired piece of creative thinking. I love it! Keep 'em coming!

Abz said...

Wow, thanks man. Your comment made my morning a whole lot more enjoyable....! I'm flattered. You're such an amazing talent, and it's always great and refreshing to hear good things from good people! :) I will continue to visit you, as I hope you continue to visit me. :D hehe

Illustrator does make things a bit flat and lifeless, but I figured the best way to get a great piece is to have an awesome, strong sketch to work with. I cant wait to see more of your work dude, keep posting!! do you have msn?

michael robertson said...

great stuff,matt!...you've managed to pack so much wonderful personality into a fly!

your work continues to amaze me-I can't stop looking at that giraffe post.

Brad said...

really awesome!

Carmen Saldaña said...

Next time I´ll kill a fly, I´ll feel guilty. Look his cute multipled-eye face, it´s so nice...!XD
I love it!

Eric Barclay said...

I see I've missed some real gems from you! Absolutely brilliant.

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Rnormfoto said...

if flies looked this great in my house i'd never try to kill them---

Abz said...

UPDATE!!!!!!!!

Alina Chau said...

These illos are AWESOME!!