Well, yes, there has been a considerable amount of rain in the interim – punctuated with bursts of credibly summery sunshine (some of them approaching whole afternoons in duration, miraculously…) – so, with a certain amount of self-marshalling and the kindly (mainly hot-beverage and regular-meal-shaped) ministrations of Marvellous Dave, I have managed to complete the successor pieces to my Leopard character sheet with enough of a time buffer to also pack for the Anglia Ruskin Illustration Summer School (just…).
Happily, of the three pieces I, alternately, sheltered from sheeting horizontal rain and successfully avoided back-breaking ‘gardening’ (actually equates to fairly major earthworks at our place at the moment) to conjure into being, the last – a double page spread illustration – seems to rather neatly fit this week’s Illustration Friday topic: show me a jungle creature character (of the big cat ilk – but not necessarily a stripy one, despite famous precedent…) that doesn’t like to bounce exuberantly through long grass…!
And, see – no fine liners!
I was rather pleased with this piece upon finishing, but can already see many flaws in the execution and final result that weren’t immediately obvious with the still-drying image inches from my nose: insufficient shading to provide depth for the tumbling panther; uneven tone caused by crinkly, unstretched paper buckling under the wash; general lack of intensity in the colours… I could go on, probably for quite some time, but I have a train to catch in a couple of hours and still haven’t packed so much as a pencil (I did say ‘just’ in time…!).
Thanks for stopping by :) If you have an idle moment, please do check out some of the other fantastic pieces gathering on the Illustration Friday page this week – there are some truly awesome talents out there!