March 06, 2006
55: This Sucks
The week's Illustration Friday theme was insect, a fact of life people here in Winnipeg know all too well. And just like the real thing, this digi-mosquito gave me a tough time; the difference between the original concept that buzzed in my head this past weekend and the final result you see here was drastic. But I stuck it out with the beast and came out with this finished jobbie, a merging of a few different styles I've been playing with a lot these days (sketchy pen-and-ink, scattered vector shapes, various overlays).
This mosquito ties in with the very first illustration I posted on this site over a year ago. In my blogging infancy I up-and-decided to draw a horse – something I had never drawn before, to see if I could. And this week I've sketched myself my very first insect, though with the generous aid of a photograph. Even still the photo didn't provide strong detail, and outside of basic shapes and parts I ended up drawing a fair chunk of this fella out of my butt*. Total sketching time was about three hours, some while watching the Academy Awards (Kerry was so happy that Philip Seymour Hoffman won).
Meshing the sketch with my idea for it was a mess at first. The detail of the line-art wasn't gelling with the concept, and after tinkering with a few compromises I eventually settled on this result with a much simpler colour palette and some type inserted as a last-minute addition. I may revisit this bugger and simplify it even further, but for now I wanted to show as much of the original mosquito sketchwork as possible.
* figure of speech
Created by Jeope at 23:28