Every once in a while I break out my paints and try to do something by hand. I really like the texture that painting and drawing by hand creates, but I usually feel much more confident in the results I get by completing something on the computer.
This is an illustration that I did a few years back after reading an article in Step by Step about how one of my favorite illustrators, Peter DeSeve, does his illustrations. I don’t think I quite achieved his style, but I was kind of happy with the result.
More recently, I have been working on a children’s book. I did two versions of the above illustration (the other one being my first Illustration Friday entry). This is actually my first attempt. Painting it went smoothly enough, but I just didn’t feel comfortable enough with it to think that it would really measure up as a book illustration. Hopefully with this blog/Illustration Friday avenue open, I’ll be able to practice my basic skills more. I enjoy realizing the illustrations on the computer, but there’s a certain amount of warmth that comes from painting that I’m just not getting from the computer.