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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Under the Sea – Illustration Friday

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When I saw what this week's topic was, I had a deja vu moment! "Hmmm," I thought..."didn't we already do 'Under the Sea' before?" So, I looked back at my previous entries, and realized that we did have the topic, "Sea," not too long ago.

After realizing I wasn't losing my mind, I tried to come up with a unique illustration. After a couple of days of contemplating and sketching, I realized my creativity gene must be on vacation this week. Perhaps it is because I'm developing my students' finals; perhaps it is because I'm bogged down with LOTS of grading; perhaps it is because I was finishing up my online professional development class...who knows, but I just couldn't get creative with this topic.

After feeling like a creativity failure this week, I finally decided to just draw something that I have always been intrigued with, seahorses. This was my inspiration for this week's llustration Friday topic, "Under the Sea."

Don't forget to check out my new Weekly Photoshop Challenge. This week's topic is "Silhouette." So far several participants have created some wonderful creations! Visit, and see what you can come up with as well!


Blogger ValGalArt said...

ha ha I hear you about the losing of minds!!! Love your seahorse love!!!

Sunday, April 30, 2006 3:34:00 PM

Blogger michael dailey said...

nice illo

Sunday, April 30, 2006 6:33:00 PM

Blogger Angela said...

Yeah, I guess this is 'Sea' round 2! It must be something in the stars 'cause I'm creatively stumped too.
Nice job on these cute patterned seahorses!

Sunday, April 30, 2006 7:53:00 PM

Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Very cute. Love the starfish.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 9:32:00 PM

Blogger HARDWAX said...

Lots of energy in these sharp colors and forms, Your slump hasen't lessened the vitality and funin this piece.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 11:40:00 PM

Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I had the same experience ..."didn't we already do this?" ~ not feeling too inspired. I love your seahorses...what fascinating creatures. Very sweet illustration.

Monday, May 01, 2006 11:35:00 AM

Blogger Collin said...

I really like your seahorses. Wonderful colors.

Monday, May 01, 2006 12:15:00 PM

Blogger holly said...


Monday, May 01, 2006 12:50:00 PM

Blogger kidz illustrator said...

Very cute solution!!! Bright & colorful.
i scrolled down and saw your solution for robot...Love love love it!!!! In a past life I was on of those.

Monday, May 01, 2006 1:17:00 PM

Blogger carla said...

I love seahorses, and these look like they love each other! Despite your many disclaimers, you came up with a perfectly fine illo! And yes...this topic is redundant...at least twice (Sea & Depth)

Monday, May 01, 2006 2:32:00 PM

Anonymous aynaku said...

thanks for your comment...I applaude your mastery in digital illustrations...

Monday, May 01, 2006 2:41:00 PM

Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

very oceanie, love the bright colors!

Monday, May 01, 2006 5:05:00 PM

Blogger Wee Cottage said...

Very cute. I love seahorses! I also love the colors in this one.

Monday, May 01, 2006 7:47:00 PM

Blogger Twisselman said...

Not only are the starring seahorse characters great, but the supporting cast of seaweed is super well-crafted.

Your silhouette photoshop challenge looks really interesting... Will try to get to it this week... yeah, yeah, promises, promises.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 12:08:00 AM

Blogger CATRAVEN said...

This is wonderful! I love everything about it! Great choice of sea creature!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 9:18:00 AM

Blogger steve said...

Fun one Patricia. Like the symmetry here and the hidden symbol!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 10:54:00 AM

Blogger matt said...

That's a happy little undersea family!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 8:01:00 AM

Blogger The Tart said...

Love the cute little starfishy!

The Tart
; )

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 9:19:00 AM

Blogger Holly said...

Love this. The starfish is super cute. Cheers!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 1:50:00 PM

Blogger Kiri said...

very nice. they look very happy gazing into each others eyes

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 1:51:00 PM

Blogger Jaimie said...

aww. that's cute. what a fun happy illustration. aren't seahorses fascinating

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 2:13:00 PM

Blogger Roz Foster said...

Aw... They're in luuuv.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 2:51:00 PM

Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Yea- seaja vu!
Happy happy! Looks like a marriage ceremony. I like it a lot. Maybe I should get rid of my dark dark dark blog template- and try and follow your great example of bright bright bright. It feels better.

(Wanted to participate in your phsp chal this week- but I'm spazzzing out over a project I accepted that I don't know how to do.
Excuses excuses. Don't know how you do all the things on your plate that you've just listed- whewwww!)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 10:16:00 PM

Anonymous Rachelle said...

I think your creativity gene is working just fine. :) The colors, patterns and layout are wonderful! They are so cute together.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 11:46:00 PM

Blogger Shano said...

So durn cute! I like how you outlined them in white. They look like those Colorform things I used to play with as a child!

Thursday, May 04, 2006 10:58:00 AM

Blogger Derek Knight said...

aren't they cute...

nice job!

Thursday, May 04, 2006 4:47:00 PM

Blogger CAS said...

Waht a great blog - love your illustrations!

CAS xxx

Thursday, May 04, 2006 5:32:00 PM

Blogger Linda said...

So sweet, seahorse love. The outline is cool. looks like a peel and stick.

Thursday, May 04, 2006 8:48:00 PM

Anonymous Paula said...

To me, these two lovely seahorses are in love. Delightful.

Friday, May 05, 2006 9:48:00 AM

Anonymous hartini said...

Simply beautiful! I love looking at your artwork :) Totally inspiring :)

Friday, May 12, 2006 7:38:00 AM


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