Just to bring y’all up to speed before I unleash a hopping (my newly-coined collective term… I thank you) of Easter bunnies upon this little corner of t’internet, I thought I’d share a few pages of the last couple of weeks’ pencil twirlings – with apologies to those of you whom may already have suffered this imposition by Facebook and/Twitter… *ahem*.
Seized by a desire to sketch small, preferably bouncing, woodland creatures – for which I blame (entirely) the meteorological tease of Spring last week (and subsequent non-arrival of that self-same season: SNOW today! I ask you…) – but also to avoid, at least initially, the oft-trod Cute illustrative paths signposted ‘mice’ and ‘rabbits’, I turned to my very-well-thumbed ‘Encyclopedia of Animals’ in search of some organism a little more unusual. And lit upon these guys…
For a wondrous blast from the (Canadian animated children’s programming) past, click here.
In honour of my little sister’s 2nd wedding anniversary, and – with a resurgence in enthusiasm for greetings cards-appropriate art and design, engendered by my recent (and ongoing) involvement with the art licensing ‘branch’ of Bright – I also flicked to the ‘exotic birds’ chapter (OK – not entirely true: Google Images is so much quicker and more comprehensive for image research…) and had a ‘flutter’ (sorry) with a few lovebirds:
Unfortunately, my pastel method isn’t terribly sophisticated, consisting mainly of shaving coloured pastels directly over the sketch with a scalpel blade and then rubbing in a circular motion with my finger (well, several different fingers, to avoid ending up with a uniformly muddy-brown colour…) within the bounds of the drawing. I have to work on my ‘aim’: pastel dust (or, indeed, any dust) tends to defy any attempt to exert control upon its component particles, so any improvement in the trajectory of the dust ‘fall’ is going to have to come from a marked improvement in my, erm, scraping-and-scattering technique…
Alas, I have missed yet another Illustration Friday challenge (‘Yesterday’) that I had designs upon (pardon the pun), so on to the next: ‘Eye Glasses’ – please come back soon to see what I’ve been able to rustle up to this end between the collection of stolen minutes I manage to accrue over the next few days.
Meanwhile, wishing you all a very happy Sunday evening (hopefully cosied up indoors away from the inhospitable meteorological conditions apparently passing for Spring at the moment…?), and a truly glorious week ahead! 😉
P.S. Happy St Patrick’s Day! And apologies for the noticeable deficit of leprechaun/other Irish-themed character illustrations in this post.