Friday, June 17, 2005

Black and White

black&white

The first idea that popped into my head was Michael Jackson, you know, before and after. But, that's a tired story, and just too pathetic to address. So, I thought of natural things that are black and white, and of course the usual suspects were considered, such as zebras and skunks and magpies, but for some reason I suddenly thought of a lemur; a very elegant and formal looking creature with just enough color to make it visually startling.

14 comments:

Charlie said...

Really nice illustration. I remember as a kid having a natural world encyclopedia and the illustrations of Lemurs were my favorite and most often looked at pages.

Alison Ashwell said...

great composition and really lovely lemur
Is this done in Painter?
I started doing a black and white tamarin initially then gave up as it just wasn't coming together properly so went with the zebra and magpie ideas

Rick Lovell said...

Alison-
I did this in Photoshop. I thought about using Painter, but went with a more familiar app.

Charlie-
I remember being fascinated by the lemur photos in National Geographic as a boy, as well. Did you see the PBS program about lemurs that was hosted by John Cleese? It was fabulous...worth ordering the DVD.

Bana Palomitaz said...

I like it so much!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Certainly fits the theme - really good illustration.

Detlef
http://www.detlefjumpertz.com

Anonymous said...

He looks soft and cuddly but those eyes are startling. Great image!

isay said...

fascinating illustration. may i ask, how long did it took you to finished it?

miyna said...

how cute! i like lemurs - so furry and fun!
good work!

Rick Lovell said...

Thanks, all, for the kind comments.

Isay-
I worked on this for about 2 hours, I guess...long enough to put off paying the bills for a little while.

Dædalux said...

Very Striking! I like the concept and the execution is wonderful!

Rebeccashane said...

I think I would still like to see your take on the michael jackson thing .. TOO funny..The Lemur is great! HOW did you do that... its amazingly realistic!!!

Rick Lovell said...

Rebeccashane-
Ask and you shall receive:
here is a brief step-by-step of the lemur piece.
http://drawring.blogspot.com/2005/06/lemur-step-by-step.html

As for M.J., maybe someday when I'm bored silly and need to amuse myself.

Tony LaRocca said...

Spiffy indeed! I just love the sith-lord eyes. Darth Lemur... RISE!

Anonymous said...

Sweet. It looks very good and realistic. I love the strong color of the eyes against the black and white.

wynlen
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