14 July 2009

stamp collection...

...of first class stamps. its not an exciting collection like ones of birds or fishes. even though they are all the same, there are some that i like more than others. drawing something like this makes you realise how such a small thing like a nose or smile line, can make such a difference to a character. i am looking for inspiration at the moment and feel like i am looking in all the wrong places. how do you know which media/method is right for you to colour in/work with?

With the image above, i would recommend clicking on it to see it in more detail.

5 comments:

dorobot said...

sometimes restriction works best for me. (for example, i take a few pencils i don't usually work with or which i don't like and then i force myself to just use these and not my favourite pens). and stupid stuff in television is always a very good inspiration to me:)
i also am a big fan of the "oblique strategies"!

Emm@ said...

That looks truly AWESOME. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

Catherine said...

I like this image :-) Agree with you on the subtle differences.
I think the best way to figure out the media/method for you is to try a few and see which you like best and suits your needs best. I like your colouring how it is now (felt tip?) :-)

Jennie said...

Hi Honey,

I think it takes a while to experiment but then you tend to find something you go back to again and again and it just feels like your thing/ style/ media etc ...

well that is how I feel about it all... mmm... I really like drawing pens at the mo, but they have to have the right size of nib.

.....

Perhaps for inspiration, you could identify real or imaginary characters and turn them into lions?

Or maybe you could follow a text and add characters, or illustrate a poem, or create an illustration to a favourite song? Or take up one of those illustration website challenges where you illustrate a set subject...

Hope you find inspiration soon for your fun illustrations.

Jen x

natural attrill said...

Hi Deb, I tried clicking on image but it didnt enlarge?

You are so right about very small details making a big difference in some illustrations, most especially faces I think, the slant of a mouth, direction of eyes, the tinyest of marks changes the expression completely.

As for media, I guess you just have to experiment with lots, but make sure you stick with each one for a while to give it a chance, sometimes it takes a little time to feel confident.

I just love your drawings, and seeing your sketchbooks in real life was such a pleasure.

Penny.