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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Jungle – Illustration Friday

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Here it is, Wednesday, and I'm finally completing my Illustration Friday. I can't say it was due to lack of time, but rather motivation on my part. Well, sticking with my promise to myself to complete each and every Illustration Friday, I finally decided to get out my sketchbook and draw.

I wanted to draw something different. For sure there were going to be tons of exotic jungle scenes, monkeys, jungle animals, tarzans, etc. But, being the kind of gal I TRY to be, I wanted to be different. Therefore, I decided to draw a simple scene of a hobo camped out in his Hobo Jungle. Originally I had graffiti on the wall...but, opted to draw a few symbols from the Hobo Alphabet instead...this way I could make the illustration a bit dated. This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Jungle."

I also decided to play a bit, so I recorded a snippit of me drawing in Adobe Illustrator. You can find it on YouTube by clicking here.


Blogger arvindh said...

That is a cute one!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 8:31:00 PM

Anonymous juditupp said...

You said you were struggling with the sitting figure. It looks like your work paid off. It's excellent in my uneducated opinion!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:42:00 PM

Blogger frances.designs said...

i love seeing how people think outside the box! i felt the same way you did about this theme and think u did a great job :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:49:00 PM

Blogger michael dailey said...

nice illo and very cute plus different then most like the mono tone sepia look

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 10:40:00 PM

Blogger Twisselman said...

Great illustration...rather than being just a cute caricature, it put in mind the jungle out there that is the homeless experience. The weather's pretty mild in this part of Calif, and we have a lot of homeless folks year-round... and thanks for sharing the YouTube video... sort of a Hobo Boogie soundtrack to it. Looks like you work very fast and efficiently in Illustrator. What program are using to record your screen?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 11:59:00 PM

Blogger cristosova said...

Txartcgal! Such fun to watch the video! I actually watched the second one, too, and discovered you have a soon to be website :) I was aware of the pen tool in Illustrator but frankly, I can´t use it at all unless I have hours of time. I do all my stuff in Flash (which shows in the lines). So it was fascinating to see and the video makes it look like you are done in five minutes ;)
Very orignal take on the theme. I am sure the Hobo Jungle is made of a lot of different things than the usual urban jungle - just because they pay attention to other things, things that are important for them to survive, which are not necessarily the things we are interested in. Hobo signs are fascinating. It seems they still exist in some areas - but its probably hard to distinguish from the graffit.
Looking forward to your website!

Thursday, June 15, 2006 12:18:00 AM

Blogger Rrramone said...

Very interesting approach. And I'm not sure if hobo is politically correct or not, but it sure is fun to say. :-)

Thursday, June 15, 2006 1:00:00 AM

Blogger Queen Tut said...

Neat illo, nice clean lines. I can imagine a wondeful story for these 2 characters!

Thursday, June 15, 2006 9:39:00 AM

Blogger carla said...

I like your unique approach! I like that you've tried to keep the whole piece in a time period using the sepia tones...it really works well! The dog's eyes make me think of Petey (was that his name?) from the Litle Rascals.

Thursday, June 15, 2006 10:33:00 AM

Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This is great ~ kind of goes with your other sepia toned retro illos. And "Hobo" seems somehow less horrible than "homeless."

Thursday, June 15, 2006 10:39:00 AM

Blogger Gabrielle said...

I Love the textures and the graffiti! You should see if he fits any of the names in the 700 Hoboes Project!

Thursday, June 15, 2006 12:43:00 PM

Blogger Caroline said...

Great picture - you do get great lines doing it in Illustrator - you are very adept with it - though it also helps that you can draw too!

BTW your blog's feed isn't working properly - I tried subscribing using bloglines and the feed has got stuck some time in March.

Thursday, June 15, 2006 1:27:00 PM

Blogger steve said...

Cool idea! Yeah, I went the more typical route but "had fun" with it. Anyhow, props to you for trying something different!

Thursday, June 15, 2006 1:30:00 PM

Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

great job… i do love the textures that you used… they add a lot… i think i saw that guy and his dog this morning on my front step…

thank you for the kind words on my site… it all starts again tomorrow… yikes!!

Thursday, June 15, 2006 2:10:00 PM

Blogger Majeak Ann said...

this is a different approach I liked..very nice work Trisha!I'm glad the dog is by his side.


Thursday, June 15, 2006 4:31:00 PM

Blogger wynlen said...

Nice. I like the idea a lot, it's different.


Thursday, June 15, 2006 4:40:00 PM

Blogger Holly said...

Great idea and well done! Cheers!

Thursday, June 15, 2006 5:48:00 PM

Blogger Frizz said...

You've got a cool style. How do you keep more than one blog going? I can hardly keep up with one!

Thursday, June 15, 2006 6:57:00 PM

Anonymous rebecca said...

Well done subject and totally loved watching the video!!! It was mesmorizing and sort of like watching a concert. Thank you for that treat! Wish I was more "computerly illustrative". At one point, long ago, I was. Pre kids.

Thursday, June 15, 2006 6:58:00 PM

Blogger Angela said...

This came out really nice! I didn't know there was a hobo alphabet. Very cool that you included it.

Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:03:00 PM

Blogger Andrea said...

Does that dog have a black eye?

Friday, June 16, 2006 12:48:00 PM

Blogger Shano said...

Wow! So detailed. Turned out fantastic! I love your use of color . . . of sepia tone!

Friday, June 16, 2006 1:43:00 PM

Blogger imagination workshop said...

I like your subject matter.
The dog is great.
What a friend.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 3:48:00 PM

Blogger tiffinix said...

Wow - your tutorial ROCKS! Gosh that was just amazing! I suppose I could learn that someday! You make it look so easy!!!
And then for having lacking motivation your illustration came out amazing! I love the colors and tones. And great take on jungle!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 7:47:00 PM

Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Hi Patricia,

Thanks for the cool hobo illustration done in old sepia. I loved the demo film!


Friday, June 23, 2006 12:16:00 PM

Blogger Linda said...

I love this, the textures are awesome like high def. tv. really enjoyed watching the video, thanks!

Thursday, July 20, 2006 5:57:00 AM


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