Friday, September 30, 2005

Float(s)

I have a couple of images that work for this week's theme:
float

And now for something completely different...
cokefloat
(please forgive the use of previously done work...the time thing, you know)

20 comments:

violetismycolor said...

I like your floating shell but I LOVE your floating ice cream sundaes! great work!

isay said...

i have not seen this two if this are old images. great effects in the floating shell.

i made rootbeer float and i might try ordering this one if i cannot find any rootbeer float.

lovely illos as always.

Ginger *:) said...

Your work is as amazing as ever. I hadn't seen the birdcage until today and was amazed with the detail, the light and the execution. And I did find much meaning in it as well. As always, your work gives me chills.
Today's jelly fish floating on the water is so perfectly done I wouldn't touch it for fear of getting stung!

Secret Creatures said...

More superb work. Slick technique, shading, highlights. Great stuff, as always from you.

kan said...

must go get ice cream float now!...such great colors...wow.

your style is great...love the birds and sea creatures too.
how did you do the floats...please share...those shapes are perfectly round...wow

come check out my color use in my blogs -Getting Looks & EGGS...would love your opinion. thanks

Rick Lovell said...

Thanks for all the great comments...it's what keeps me a-float. (sorry, it just slipped out)

Anyway, Joli, these two pieces were for commercial clients and they were done in acrylics on illustration board. Some elements were airbrushed and some elements were painted with a brush; it just depends upon which tool works best for the effect I'm trying to achieve.
The floats (and other elements) were sketched freehand with a pencil, then cleaned up with French curves and templates...I can't draw a perfect ellipse freehand, and I don't know anyone who can. The finished drawings are transfered to the board and frisket is applied over the artwork: frisket is a tacky masking paper for artists. The shapes of the objects to be painted are cut out of the frisket with an x-acto knife so the edges are very sharp and clean. Then the frisket is removed; one shape at a time is airbrushed, and the frisket is replaced over the newly painted area so no overspray can accidently contaminate it. The process is repeated for every area until the airbrushing is complete. Then all the frisket is removed and areas that require hand painting are dealt with as in a traditional painting.
Now, of course, airbrush illustration is becoming a lost art since most illustrators are doing the same thing on the computer (see the fishbowl I did for "Escape; a few years ago that would have been an airbrush painting that would have taken most of the day...with the computer and a Wacom tablet I did it in a couple of hours).

Anonymous said...

Dig the first one of the Portguese man'o'war - really cool and well framed to boot (note to self must start drawing that squid that I've been putting off). The second one is a bit schmaltzy for my liking - but you can't help what the client wants - nicely executed (as per usual).

Detlef
http://www.detlefjumpertz.com

Toni said...

Your work is awesome thanks for explaining how you did it.

Toni said...

Your work is awesome thanks for explaining how you did it.

Lori said...

I was just sitting here contemplating "Float." I grew up on the gulf coast in Corpus Christi, TX and a man o war came to mind. I then came across your illustration and you've done a beautiful job. I love the way the tentacles are like tendrils.

Anonymous said...

Extremely technical and thanks for the know how! I love the first image, thought it was a non blue bluebottle, they sting enough with only one colour. However it is a fine and extremely well done Portguese Man'o'war! It's stingers look like mardi gras spaghetti and it's bodies' fullness (enhanced by highlights) looks highly pop- able. It is indeed floating. This is my favourite of your so far :)

Paula said...

Indeed great work. Glad I landed on your site. This week images are excellent.
Find the two on Escape, exceptional.
Paula

kg said...

old or new, keep sharing. these are both great (as always).

i just saw isay's root beer float a couple of clicks ago, too... now must go get one for sure... yummm.

Alina Chau said...

GREAT blog!! Love your arts ... for float, both are cool, but, I like the top one better. The concept is very unique!

Nicolas said...

Guauuu very cool GREAT

Piotr said...

Wow, really great colors.

bee'nme said...

Your work is always inspiring, loaded with richness and depth. I always love to admire it, pore over the details and drink it in. Thanks for sharing.

thermion7 said...

I particularly like the Portuguese Man of war.

Amy said...

Thank you for sharing your talent. I really love your work. I hope to aspire to your level one day.

constanthing said...

Wow, your jellyfish (ok, Man o'War or something...) is simply awesome!