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Friday, March 24, 2006

Monster – Illustration Friday

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I drew a few monsters before coming up with my final piece. I drew a few scary monsters, a couple of "Monsters Inc."-type monsters, and a cute little girl wearing a monster costume. I finally decided that I wanted to show the softer side of a legendary monster, "The Son of Frankenstein." This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday.

I also am sharing my process for my final piece. As you can see below, I originally had the colors brighter. I opted to tone the colors down a bit, and give the illustration an "older" feel. I am happy with the outcome of both, but do prefer the muted a bit more. Which do you like better?

The Process

Original Sketch

Drawing begins in Adobe Illustrator using the Bezier (Pen) tool

Drawing complete in Adobe Illustrator

Close Up of Outlined Image in Illustrator

Color Completed in Adobe Illustrator

Colored Image Placed in Adobe Photoshop to Tone Down Color and Add Texture

Voila! The finished piece was completed!


Blogger I SHOULD be Boss of the World said...

Wonderful Illo.! I like the perspective of the little girl, emphasizing the 'tallness' of the Monster. What a wonderful concept and execution. you have a good eye.

Friday, March 24, 2006 5:46:00 PM

Blogger steve said...

I'm not an illustrator by profession so it was so cool seeing the process here. This is a wonderful illustration by the way!

Friday, March 24, 2006 6:49:00 PM

Blogger Rozum said...

I definitely like the muted colors in the final version better. That girl had better pick some more flowers, or move away from the water!

Friday, March 24, 2006 7:04:00 PM

Blogger Monkey Freak said...

That is cute and funny.
I like it.

Friday, March 24, 2006 7:44:00 PM

Blogger Sea Angel said...

Aaw, this is so cute and sweet.
I love the perspective and the texture.
Great illustration!

Saturday, March 25, 2006 12:52:00 AM

Blogger crillustration said...

The illustraion is great and the idea, so cute! I can not help smiling :)

Saturday, March 25, 2006 1:52:00 AM

Blogger cristosova said...

I also vote for the toned down version!
It looks like the monster is defeated by sweetness. What else can you do but eventually smile (I am sure he is about it!) with a cute & fearless girl approaching?

Saturday, March 25, 2006 6:31:00 AM

Blogger trixi said...

Cool process! I love the end result....very approachable monsters you have! : )

Saturday, March 25, 2006 9:09:00 AM

Blogger georg said...

Nice little drawing - I agree with you, that is better with the more douce colors -

Saturday, March 25, 2006 11:20:00 AM

Anonymous irvine said...

ohh pretty! and thanks for sharing how you did it. Someday I will learn Adobe Illustrator too! hihi ^_^ hugs.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 7:43:00 PM

Blogger Twisselman said...

Thanks for the look at your creative process. It's always a treat to see what goes into the making of a piece of art... sort of peeking behind the curtain for the magic.

I like the approach to the gentler side of monsters... My favorite seen from the Frankenstein movie is of Karloff with the little girl. Touching and heart-rending. Nice job, as always

Saturday, March 25, 2006 11:32:00 PM

Anonymous Pati @-;-- said...

It is always nice to have the chance of spying on the other's job ;)
Thanks for sharing it.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 6:29:00 AM

Blogger bee'nme said...

Wow, Patricia - it is so great to get a glimpse into how you work! And your choice of subject for the topic is just GREAT! I love the perspective and composition, andjust the whole general feel. Perfect!!

Sunday, March 26, 2006 5:18:00 PM

Blogger AndyDoodler said...

AhhHaa- that's what the Bezier tool is. I still haven't gotten around to playing w/Illustrator again yet- thanks for a little lesson here.
Great job as usual- colors- line - design - drawing- idea- texture- very crisp clean and refreshing.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 5:26:00 PM

Blogger ValGalArt said...

very cool! i have never tried using illustrator so it is cool to see! I do love your final choice of colours, I think you did a great job!!!!

Sunday, March 26, 2006 7:26:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

nicely done! i always like to see other peoples' creative processes. i would use illustrator, but i prefer the control i can get by doing all the outlines by hand. you do good work, though!

Sunday, March 26, 2006 9:13:00 PM

Blogger HARDWAX said...

I really enjoyed looking at your process here. I do like the muted better, does have more of a vintage Frankenstein appearance to it, so sweet and fine your illo!

Monday, March 27, 2006 12:02:00 AM

Blogger donnachada said...

Ha, nice expression on the monsters eyes.

Monday, March 27, 2006 1:38:00 AM

Blogger BlackCrow said...

One of my favorite monster, good ol' Frankie.
Its great too see how you worked your images.
I hate Illustrater and have never been able to work it out. I thought it was only for laying text out;)
I use flash and find it easier.
thanks for visiting

Monday, March 27, 2006 2:21:00 AM

Blogger doodlestreet said...

Illustrator rocks! Doesn't it? Great work--Perfect shade of green too, huh? I use that bright green alot. I wish that bright green was something that would come out that bright in the printer. Great work and cool perspective.

Monday, March 27, 2006 8:19:00 AM

Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Great illo. Nice work in Illustrator.

Monday, March 27, 2006 12:01:00 PM

Blogger Jaimie said...

I like the muted colors one the best. very nice work and thanks for sharing your process!

Monday, March 27, 2006 1:25:00 PM

Blogger Shano said...

Wow! Great perspective and illo! I enjoyed seeing the steps taken to achieve the final image.

Monday, March 27, 2006 3:48:00 PM

Blogger carla said...

I prefer the muted one better as well! I love the persepctive - it makes the monster look so big and makes the little girllook so vulnerable.

Monday, March 27, 2006 6:11:00 PM

Blogger scribblesk said...

Sweet! Really appreciate you showing your process!

Monday, March 27, 2006 9:42:00 PM

Anonymous catnapping said...

I love the little girl's perspective. And she's so danged cute, pigtails and button nose! I reallylike your take for the week's theme.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 1:01:00 PM

Blogger Andrea said...

So cute!
Thanks for showing the process. I have never worked with Photoshop, so it was cool to see.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 1:36:00 PM

Blogger Wee Cottage said...

Wonderful post and lovely illustration. Thanks for sharing your technique. We should start a technique tuesday or something so people could learn new things from each other. Great Job, always fun to see what you've come up with.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 6:53:00 PM

Blogger Alina Chau said...

What a charming illo with a sweet story!! Great to see your work in progress too!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 12:07:00 AM

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 5:48:00 AM

Blogger David said...

Like your illo, I remember a scene like this from the movie "Young Frankenstein", that's a funny movie. Great idea for this topic. :)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 5:54:00 AM

Blogger Angela said...

So great that you included your process. The end result really turned out so cute!!
I love the flowers, and his expression is perfect.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 9:02:00 AM

Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I like seeing the softer side of Frankenstein....he's just misunderstood. Great perspective on this illsutration and I love his green shadow!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 9:15:00 AM

Blogger Bron Smith said...

What a cute drawing and a cute idea.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:22:00 AM

Blogger melanienyc said...

this is adorable!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:32:00 AM

Blogger yukoala said...

This is so sweet! I like the muted version better too. I think it describes Frankenstein's feelings. Thanks for sharing the process.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 11:09:00 AM

Blogger wynlen said...

Sweet. I'm glad the little girl is so nice to the monster! I like the toned down colors best. Very good!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 11:55:00 AM

Blogger Gise said...

Thanks you for your comments. Es muy importante para mi saber que mi trabajo le parece bueno a una colega.Muchisimas gracias por compartir tus ideas conmigo. Your work is excellent!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:06:00 PM

Blogger Suzan said...

I love this illo. Its so sweet. Frankenstien is completely dumbfounded by the sweet innocence of the little girl. great job!

Thursday, March 30, 2006 3:45:00 PM

Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Fantastic, my friend. I like your interpretation and your process from idea to finish. I have never use Illustrator and perhaps I should. Thanks for the demo. ;)

Thursday, March 30, 2006 7:10:00 PM

Blogger Caroline said...

Brilliant series of steps in the creation of a monster. I also like the feet one from last week. Its interesting to see the original sketch as well as the finished illustration.

Friday, March 31, 2006 7:50:00 AM

Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. I know I enjoy seeing how others get to their final pieces! :) Have a great day!

Monday, April 03, 2006 10:36:00 AM

Blogger Collin said...

Awesome! And absolutely fantastic job of showing the process. Have you ever considered using the pen tool in Photoshop to draw the lines as a vector layer rather than working in Illustrator and then Photoshop?

Monday, April 03, 2006 3:14:00 PM

Blogger Queen Tut said...

Haha, this is so delightful! Love the thought and image is a beaut!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 11:30:00 AM


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