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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Spotted – Illustration Friday



There seems to be a trend with Illustration Friday topics the last few weeks...a little alliteration, if you will. First we had SPRING, followed by SPEED, and this week we have SPOTTED. I wonder if next week we will have SPOILED or SPECTACLE? Hmmm...how about a SPOILED child making a SPECTACLE of himself?

Back to this week's topic. My favorite flowers are wild sunflowers. The area in which I live in is bombarded once a year with these SPECTACULAR SPECIMENS. The vivid yellows and oranges radiate in the open fields. This, along with the lovely lady bug with its fantastic spots, was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday topic, SPOTTED.

Please check out my new weekly Photoshop Challenge. You can read more about it at my blog, Weekly Photoshop Challenge. I feel it would be great to have a nice, clean weekly challenge for anybody interested. I hope many of those of you that use Photoshop will play along!

39 Comments:

Blogger The Unknown said...

Wow! Cool.
Love the big circles and the bright colors.
love

Saturday, April 15, 2006 9:57:00 PM

 
Blogger disappointed said...

wonderfully bold and bright for spring!

Sunday, April 16, 2006 4:49:00 AM

 
Blogger Saige said...

Yes, I love the bright happy colors and the strong graphic quality... and of course the subject matter!

Sunday, April 16, 2006 7:22:00 AM

 
Anonymous Pati @-;-- said...

Beautiful illo! I like its geometric style.

Sunday, April 16, 2006 7:40:00 AM

 
Blogger Toni said...

I love sunflowers and have them in my garden for the birds. lovely illo. the cloud in the background gives you the feeling of movement.

Sunday, April 16, 2006 7:51:00 AM

 
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

I admire a lot alliteration- and your illustration as always is awesome.
The IllustrationFriday topics are getting tiresome though- maybe it's just me- probably.
P.S.:
Photoshop Challenge looks cool- I'm 'onna try it, but probably next one.

Sunday, April 16, 2006 9:38:00 AM

 
Blogger Tulipland said...

perfect coloring ! I LOVE your illo...:)

Sunday, April 16, 2006 12:31:00 PM

 
Blogger ValGalArt said...

yer so clever!!! this is so fun, happy and wonderful colours!!! love it!

Sunday, April 16, 2006 2:34:00 PM

 
Blogger georg said...

Your image is lovely and very decorative, I think it's "summer-summer-summer" - beautiful.

To your alliterations-thoughts: You're quite right, I just don't want the next weeks to be spider, splatter or spanking!

Sunday, April 16, 2006 2:52:00 PM

 
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

pretty! this will make a cool logo and design! happy easter!

Sunday, April 16, 2006 2:55:00 PM

 
Anonymous irvine said...

my favorite flowers are tulips! my mom loves them too! hihi cute artwork you have ^_^ huggss

Sunday, April 16, 2006 2:58:00 PM

 
Blogger cosmos said...

I Heart This. Do More.

Sunday, April 16, 2006 7:23:00 PM

 
Anonymous Paula said...

Lovely ladybird, the nicest spotted creature.

Monday, April 17, 2006 1:49:00 AM

 
Blogger Katili said...

This is so sunny and happy. A joyful illo.

Monday, April 17, 2006 2:36:00 AM

 
Blogger Ellen said...

"Spunky" observation about alliteration!
Your entry for this week's theme speaks sprightly spring splendor!

Monday, April 17, 2006 10:15:00 AM

 
Blogger Karen said...

I always love to see your work. It's fresh and whimsical and it makes me happy.

Monday, April 17, 2006 2:00:00 PM

 
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

So bright & peppy! Cute little ladybug.

Monday, April 17, 2006 4:25:00 PM

 
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

I like your clean geometrical patterns.

Monday, April 17, 2006 10:49:00 PM

 
Blogger matt said...

Strong design!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 10:23:00 AM

 
Anonymous Sherry said...

This is really wonderful! Love the colors! Perfect for this week!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 10:37:00 AM

 
Blogger wynlen said...

Very nice! I like the colors.
www.wynlen.no

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 3:08:00 PM

 
Blogger juliemc said...

very fun...and summery.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 5:03:00 PM

 
Blogger LudaChristian said...

love it... nice job!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 5:57:00 PM

 
Blogger carla said...

This is so bold, bright and graphic! I love the scale of the ladybug on the sunflower (although I'd hate to see that in real life...yikes) True - there have been all these sp- words lately. Time to chnage, I say!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 6:48:00 PM

 
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Beautiful bright bold image, Patricia. I like it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 11:25:00 PM

 
Blogger Caroline said...

Lovely bright cheerful illustration. I don't use Photoshop if I did I'd join in with your challenge...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 7:04:00 AM

 
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

It's funny you mention the "S's" because I was just noticing that myself. I keep folders of IFri stuff on my hard drive and was noticing that since I started (July05), 8 topics have started with the letter "S." Anyway, I always love seeing your cheerful graphic work. this one is especially fun. Great job on that grass!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 9:21:00 AM

 
Blogger violetismycolor said...

First off...absolutely LOVE the boldness, style, and colors of your illo.

secondly, I have noticed a proponderence of S's in the I-Fri topics, too, and have thought how very odd that was...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 10:12:00 PM

 
Blogger Alina Chau said...

lovely design!

Thursday, April 20, 2006 12:13:00 AM

 
Blogger Collin said...

Great job! I really like the composition and the colors. "Spotted" had me stumped for quite awhile. I'll certainly check out your Photoshop Challenge site and see about participating.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:56:00 AM

 
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Nice. So clean and clear--a cheerful image!

Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:27:00 AM

 
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

This is so bright and cheerful - I love it. Thanks for brightening my day (I needed it). Thanks for stopping by weecottage blog too, I will take your advice and back up those files....I should have been doing it all along - sighhhhhh.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:04:00 PM

 
Blogger yukoala said...

We had "Spring" a couple of weeks ago, and now you brought me cheerful summer feeling!

Thursday, April 20, 2006 3:20:00 PM

 
Blogger Kiri said...

wonderful bright summery colours. sunflowers remind me of tuscany.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 5:13:00 PM

 
Blogger Chrissie A said...

This is stunning! I love the clean lines and bright colors...very charming and beautifully-done illustration!

Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:14:00 PM

 
Blogger Twisselman said...

Ladybug's have always been a favorite insect, and this one is beautiful. Really like the colors here... the sunflower against that great blue... Nice looking clouds, too. Super.*

Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:16:00 PM

 
Blogger Julie Olson said...

Beautiful color. I love the cut out style mixed with the strokes of grass.

Friday, April 21, 2006 8:52:00 AM

 
Blogger Montooth said...

Thanks for you comment! I too love cars, not too many girls enjoy them. Keep in touch and keep up the good work!

Friday, April 21, 2006 7:10:00 PM

 
Blogger Lydia said...

i have a thing for ladybugs and i especially like this one! good job!

Monday, April 24, 2006 11:44:00 PM

 

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