Illustration Friday: communication

This was just another test with Corel Painter and my Wacom. I downloaded a trial version of Painter X and like the pens and markers, but the watercolors still need work. I just used my Corel Painter 3 essentials to do the painting on this. The sketch took less than 5 minutes with my Wacom tablet. The color...about 30 but that includes interruptions from my 3 year old and 8 year old giving tips. I like the giraffe, not thrilled with the monkey. Don't ask me what made me think to illustrate this topic in this way...I don't know. I drew the giraffe first and then thought about an animal that seems to they are spreading gossip or something. So, out this came. But hey, I'm proud of myself for finally doing something original again for illustration friday.


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words on my illustration.
    I really love your work and style.
    Your website is great. I came across it some time back through and quickly bookmarked it.
    I am still trying to learn the watercolor brushes myself. I have
    mainly been using them for shading
    or underpainting. I have been experimenting with layers. I will
    add a layer, set it to gel and reduce its opacity. I'll do that with several diffent colors and layering them. I adds some nice depth to the color. If I figure anything out on the watercolor brushes I will let you know.

  2. Wow, thats really awesome how the sky looks like it has a realistic texture, and the colors blend in very well.

  3. nice work im still doing test pieces on mine lol but they aren't as successful as yours. like the soft colors and there expressions

  4. I love your sweet, natural style. The expression and stance of the giraffe is priceless. I think, if I may be so bold, the monkey is great as is except it could be smaller for a little more comic effect in the size difference. If you wanted it to be more conspiratory you might have had the monkey look the other way to be sure no one else was listening. Just composition ideas - I know it was just a 5 minute sketch. :)

    Silly of me to make suggestions - you're so much better than me. Thanks for your kind words and very helpful advice! You rock! ;)

  5. Mike- I so appreciate the constructive comment. It's great to hear how your work can improve b/c that's what we all improve. Your comments are spot on and are great. Maybe I'll rework this sometime.

  6. It has a clean and nostalgic look. I like the gentleness of the animals. Love it!

  7. This is so cute!
    BTW, I like your gravity girls too!


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