Finding your way

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “map,” a concept I’ve been playing with for years.  With so many associations — getting lost, finding home, exploring the new, setting off on adventure, and trying to figure out where the hell you are  — I think that, even in this age of GPS, there’s a map for every journey, and every part of life.

 

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We all wear a lot of hats

Since it can be hard to remember who you are, as opposed to what roles you’re playing, I’ve always liked this advice:

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For Illustration Friday’s “hat” theme.  The original’s watercolor and colored pencil in a Canson Montval watercolor field book; I cleaned up and reworked the scan a bit in Photoshop.

 

Just my imagination

The Illustration Friday theme is “monster.”  Like Dr. Frankenstein, I cobbled this together from bits and pieces, though instead of Igor, my assistant was Photoshop.

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The quote reads, “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”  A nice thought…

This is a combination of three separate illustrations. All three are (mostly) watercolor and colored pencil on Canson Montval paper.

 

Move it

The Illustration Friday theme is “wiggle.”

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This was done for a regional SCBWI art contest.  The challenge was to illustrate a nursery rhyme, and I tried a couple of different layouts for this idea.  The piece was a lot of fun to work on —  and won a second place award, which was definitely icing on the cake!  The original’s about 7″ x 10″, and was done in ink, watercolor and colored pencil in a Canson Montval watercolor book.  I used Photoshop to add the background and clean up the finished art.