Saturday, December 19

Illustration Friday: Undone

'What's done cannot be undone'       Macbeth

Like most people of my generation I grew up reading and loving Michael Rosen, Roald Dahl and Allan Ahlberg - one thing these three legends have in common? Quentin Blake. QB is, for me, the greatest children's illustrator of all time - the simplicity and realism of his characters has always stuck with me and is something I've tried to emulate for years - never ever come close of course.
Thoughts on this piece: the lines on the floor are 'too' vertical - they should either slant more or not be there - the colouring of the dog is not great - the 'bump' on the floor needs to go - it isn't laziness that I didn't correct these things (mostly) I decided to try and do a very quick 5 minute illustration this week and this is the result. I think the poem (one I wrote a while ago) fits very well with the theme of undone.

11 comments:

Vhrsti said...

Cool! For me - one of your best, Alex.

ArtQwerks said...

I LOVE this poem AND the really cute illustration that goes with it. And after reading your turkey entry below I have to tell you, I've been sitting here making the Christmas menu list and I'm not looking forward to violating ours next week when the whole extended family comes to the holiday table. However, I AM looking forward to violating the bottle of merlot. ;-D

Alex said...

ha! cheers guys - I love a bit of Merlot every now and then but that movie Sideways ruined it for me - anytime I go to buy one I have the line 'I'm not drinking any ****ing merlot!' ringing in my head!

zillustration said...

hey Alex! Very cute. I would suggest sketching THEN scanning into photoshop for cleanup and color - or painter11, which has a lite version and gives some nice textures for a budget price. I think you should also put the poem into the body of your blog post so folks with voice readers can appreciate your work. when it's in a jpg, it's not accessible (much of my day to day is dealing with web access for the disabled.) Cheers! z

Alex said...

Cheers z, I'll do that

Ana said...

I like it the way it is, without using computer programs. It makes it more spontaneous. I´m not sure if that`s the right word to describe it, english is not my first language...I mean it´s more natural and fits the subject. I like the poem too but maybe written by hand would look much better next to the drawing.
Cool work :)

Lins Artyblobs said...

I think it's brill for a 5min sketch. Love the dog. Thanks for your comments re my picture.

Susan Beth Studio said...

Quite awesome for five minutes! Love the poem, well said. The dog is very sympathetic with his boy!

Bella Sinclair said...

Hey, Alex! I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed looking through your drawings. They are wonderful! You did a great job of capturing your beautiful little girl and the predicaments tots find themselves in. You have a great variety of drawing styles, too. I especially love this little guy and his pup. Excellent for 5 mins, especially! And maybe the bump on the floor is the reason the paint spilled, so I'd keep it in. :)

Wishing you and your family a fantastic Christmas! I hope Santa is good to you all.

Heather said...

Great take on the subject. I too hope that there is no yelling over spilled paint.

Jose said...

Happy New Year!