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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Feet – Illustration Friday

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Each birthday, children around the world get out their measuring tapes, rulers or yard sticks to measure how much they have grown since their last birthday. Sometimes measured in inches, feet, age, or just by date...the notches on the wall are a great memory for both the children and the parents. This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday, Feet.

The other day, one of my friends had asked me how I get my drawings onto the computer. It varies....but, I always start with a small sketch. Sometimes I just look at my sketch and draw directly in Illustrator using the Bezier, or I will start directly in Photoshop. The image above was sketched, scanned, placed into Illustrator and then drawn over with the Bezier tool. I then imported the Illustrator file into Photoshop for tweaking and special coloring...and, Voila!

This week, I wanted my image to look like it belongs in a very simple children's book. Therefore, I opted to leave everything white, except for the main image.

Here is the sketch I originally started with:


Blogger Tatiana said...

Great approach to the topic.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006 3:04:00 PM

Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This character reminds me of one of the Muppets and I can't put my finger on his name....but he had the same hair! This is really fun! Cool seeing your sketch. I'm digging those jeans and the patch on the knee. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 3:09:00 PM

Blogger AndyDoodler said...

I like it! I haven't worked in Illustrator in years- think I'm gonna start playing w/it- think the Bezier is a new tool?
I could definitely see this in a children's book.
Sorry for giving you the heebeegeebies LOL

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 3:11:00 PM

Blogger Wee Cottage said...

I love seeing both the sketch and the illustration - I only had time to create a sketch this week - Great idea for the conceptof feet. I was not as creative

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 3:38:00 PM

Blogger doodlestreet said...

Ahhh...this is really cute. LOVE the hair!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 5:53:00 PM

Blogger carla said...

This defintely has that children's book look to it! I love this idea. The sketch has real life to it...the glasses and the freckles work so well with the messy shirt and patched jeans. Good job!!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 6:35:00 PM

Blogger HARDWAX said...

I like your sketch and the finished product, these are so cute with a large dose of reality as your narrative reminds us.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:11:00 PM

Blogger ste-pha-nie said...

Your digital drawings have a professional quality! I like your feet concept.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:39:00 PM

Blogger Tulipland said...

lovely illo :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:54:00 PM

Blogger ValGalArt said...

clever and fun! Love the shock of red hair! love it!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:29:00 PM

Blogger yukoala said...

Very cute! I wonder how he looks like after 10 years...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 11:12:00 PM

Blogger Bron Smith said...

Cute clever idea.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 12:53:00 AM

Blogger georg said...

I like your bright happy boy - and it's a good idea using the metric system here -

and thanks for your kind comment at my blog -

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 2:05:00 AM

Blogger The Unknown said...

Cute illo. I too have fond memories of being measured.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 2:19:00 AM

Blogger Tanya Nichols said...

i love it! Do you sketch and scan it in? I draw with my little touchpad on my IBM thinkpad,hehehe. Thank you for the cute comment!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:03:00 AM

Blogger cristosova said...

What a cute fellow! In Germany we call this state of growing out of your pants "Hochwasser Hose", high water pants, as if the someone was walking in a puddle and pulled his hemline up. His red hair is superb!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:12:00 AM

Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Very cute with a Jim Henson feel. Great job!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:15:00 AM

Blogger Shano said...

So sweet and so true!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:39:00 AM

Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

what a fun illustration… i wonder if he is hiding growing pills behind his back… my younger daughter is always on the lookout for them… but the older one beat her to them… 14 and taller than the old man… ah well… your your illo made me think of my girls… strong stuff!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:47:00 AM

Anonymous the painted pear said...

Thanks for all the supportive comments on my posts. I have been meaning to check you out sooner, but three kids keep getting in my way!

Love how you explained your process, and your interpretation this week is terrific. True with kids, growth charts are so important. Your handling on this one is particularly nice. He's cute and I could totally see this in or as a childrens' story.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 5:27:00 PM

Blogger kelly rae said...

you're making me want photoshop and illustrator!! great work. and so cute.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 8:47:00 PM

Blogger scribblesk said...

So fine! Thanks for showing your process!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:37:00 PM

Blogger Angela said...

What a cute lil' guy, and great take on the topic. Great hair!! I really like the sketch too.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 12:15:00 AM

Blogger Gonowurforgiven said...

Nice really good, the only thing i would change is the ears, it kinda makes the boy look like he has huge checks... Great job though

Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:13:00 AM

Blogger steve said...

Very nice! Isn't it amazing how fast they grow and change. I don't even recognize some of my students when they return from summer break!

Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:56:00 AM

Anonymous teri said...

Good idea! I like the "flood pants" as he is growing out of them. I also like the big cheeks and think you do not have to change a thing on the drawing.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 12:12:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sweet!Marvelous illo!I have a wall like this at home of my brother,sister,godaughter etc.

Friday, March 24, 2006 7:18:00 AM

Blogger Andrea said...

You've brought back a great memory for me! We used to do this on my Grandparent's wall.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 1:38:00 PM

Blogger tiffinix said...

What a sweet monster! I love the softer side - and showing your process. That is just awesome!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:23:00 PM

Blogger melanienyc said...

this guy is so cute...kids grow too fast if you ask me!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:34:00 AM


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