Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Creative Tuesdays and the theme of "Bread and Jam"


Hello All!  I decided to do a simpler, graphic sketch for this C.T., and I had fun!

First off, the theme was bread and jam.  I thought of doing something sweet and classic, maybe a child wearing a Victorian outfit eating some bread and jam.  But then I couldn't stop thinking about Kawaii-- that means super cute in Japanese, and there are a lot of tee-shirts, designs, and just drawings on the web of Kawaii food, where food becomes anthropomorphic, has cute little faces, and has a life of its own.

So, for my "Bread and Jam" submission, there are two tiny pieces of toast who are friends.  One has to help the other, as you can see from the caption above.  I had fun doing this as it was a fun pun to create, and a fun little scene to draw.  I suppose it's a bit cute yet dark given the predicament of the toast in the jam, but, luckily he's got a friend there to save him from the sticky situation.

With maybe a bit of tweaks and re-drawing, I feel like it could work as a tee-shirt or a silly card design.  I know Mister Toast and others have discussed the merits of Traditional art over Vector art, but I'm glad that I drew this one with lines that I think could translate to Vector-ing, if necessary.  I used a pentel brush pen for the lines, le plume markers for the blue background and some of the coloring (those are like copics but not as much), and watercolor for everything else.

Hope everyone is having a great day!  Here is the link to Mister Toast's website, where you can see his wonderful illustrations and read his blog:
http://www.dottyhill.com/

And here's his blog entry to submit for today's theme of "bread and jam," for which there is still a bit of time:
 http://www.dottyhill.com/blog/2014/7/8/new-creative-tuesdays-theme

Thanks for reading!  Hugs and take care.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Pig" for Creative Tuesdays!


Hi everyone!  Above is my initial submission for the Creative Tuesdays challenge of "PIG!"  It's done in a looser, more cartoony style than I sometimes work in, but I've been playing around with this (and I think this style works good for one panel, gag-cartoon images where the image should be clear-er to read, without too many distracting details like I sometimes am prone to use).

I sketched this out with a brush pen and filled in with Le Plume (like Copic, alchol based and not water based) markers.  My "Pig" piece has to do with the phrase "When pigs fly," which people (or other animals, I am sure) don't think ever happens in real life.  My silly cartoon has a Pig, actually, doing just that, while being confused at seeing a Pink Elephant, who is in turn confused at seeing the Airborne Swine.

A tiny Pink Mouse is also sneaking up, and has no idea what to make of the scene.  Maybe they were all born bright pink.  Or maybe the Elephant and the Mouse wandered into a vat of paint.  Either way, these animals are all a little skeptical of one another, but I'm sure they'll eventually get over it and play together. Maybe if Piggy is strong, he can pick them up and fly them places.

I just got the aforementioned Le Plume markers over the weekend while attending an Anime convention, and they are often used for cartoon and comic illustration.  So, I thought it would be fun to do a little scene for this C.T. submission in a comic-y format, and put these markers to good use.  I also converted the illustration to a Vector style, to see how it would come out looking more digitally:


I'd wager nearly the same, except the vector would have looked much better if I'd either not colored in the grass and sky I think, or if I'd done it in watercolor, as you can see the lines of the marker in this version.  Oh well.  Living, learning, and verrrrry gradually figuring out the whole digital aspect to art :-p

And now, without further ado, here are the links to the great Mister Toast, and his blog/Creative Tuesday Challenges!

To submit to the theme of "PIG," make sure you do it today, the eighth of July!  Click over to this link to do so:


To check out Mister Toast's site, please go to:

And for Creative Tuesdays overall, please go to:

Hope everyone is doing well, and looking forward to seeing lots of cute Piggies for this challenge :-D