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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Cake – Illustration Friday

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I admit it...I have been a bit frustrated with the Illustration Friday topics lately. Not so much that they are poor topics...just that my brain doesn't seem to want to come up with anything different or unique. What can I say?...I like to be different and unique! With this said, I succumbed to fitting in with the Joneses and simply drew a cake.

Going back to my dreams of illustrating children's books...I decided to make this entry a mock cover for a children's book (a girl can dream, can't she?). Well, when my daughter was young, she had a life-sized Raggedy Ann doll...and, she used to play games with her, including the classic nursey rhyme "Pat-A-Cake." This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Cake."

Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake
Baker's Man!
Bake me a cake as fast as you can...
Roll it, and pat it
and mark it with a B
and put it in the oven
for baby and me!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Sorry – Illustration Friday

I just couldn't get inspired with this week's topic, "sorry." I kept coming up with the same kind of image...somebody looking sad with a look of forgiveness on their face. I sketched several rough drafts...a child sitting in the corner looking over his shoulder, a woman in tears holding a handkerchief, and a child looking up at his parent with both a look of horror and a look of sorrow on his face. But, I wasn't happy with any of these sketches because I wanted something different.

After taking the weekend off from thinking...I finally decided to do something VERY simple to fulfill my personal commitment of submitting a new illustration each week. So, I finally decided to think of other ways to show how you are sorry. This led to a dozen roses with a card simply stating, "I'm sorry"...which evolved into the illustration above... a "Dear John" letter...but, in my case, a "Dear Louise" letter. This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Angels & Devils – Illustration Friday

When I saw this week's topic, "Angels and Devils," I knew I wanted to do something simple and fun. I also had decided to start to design pieces to sell on the Internet. So, what a great topic for me to start my business! This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday.

If interested, check out my designs on some products at my new storefront! Thank you!

Also, don't forget to check out my Weekly Photoshop Challenge, this week's challenge is a doozy...yet quite fun!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Fat – Illustration Friday

When coming up with my illustration this week, the first thing that came to mind was a fat cat. Of course, I tried to think out of the box...so, I drew my "fat cat" as being a rich man; a millionaire...a tycoon (you get the idea!). Somehow while sketching my "fat cat"...I thought of that little gentleman from Monopoly. Of course, my fat cat doesn't look anything like Joe Millionaire (aka that Monopoly Guy), and I didn't want it to...but, I was drawn to the color of the Chance cards (those are orange...aren't they?). This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday.

Update: After seeing that many visitors saw "The Monopoly Guy" in my illustration...I decided to share a link to a photo of the real guy! I notice, thank goodness, my "fat cat" looks much more suave and rich...and much more snooty! LOL! Here is a photo of "The Monopoly Guy":

Don't forget to check out my "Weekly Photoshop Challenge." This week's theme is "colorization." We had some great entries last week, and I hope we get even more this week! Enjoy!