March 20, 2006

57: Crowfoot

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Illustration Friday showcases the word feet this week. And what started out as a concept in my head to show a delicate and intricate sketch of a bird's foot turned into this odd scene of a crow launching from a branch with its feet dangling behind. Originally meant to be just feet of an unseen flying bird suspended in the air, I couldn't find suitable enough reference material to use (I thought I had a photo around but realized I was imagining the crow from the opening credits of Six Feet Under).


So instead, this sketch ended up coming straight out of my head.

The crow and branches were silhouettes drawn in pen, while the background texture was made with watercolours. The two were scanned and merged in Photoshop; snow, text forms and the crow's eye were added digitally. Click here for a more detailed look.

22 comments:

Ursa said...

beautiful. i love the color

paula said...

I'm a big crow fan so...I like! I especially like your uhm...splattery, mucky-ish, painterly, use of color and such.

carla said...

Jeope - I love this! The colors, the composition, the media. That background is eerie and agitated to match the flight of the crow. I can almost hear the flapping wings! Well done:>

brandelion said...

the color is great, and i love the texture.

the heartful blogger said...

I love it, the colours are gorgeous, and I like the crow's eye too.

Debra Cooper said...

This is great. I love how the background captures the initial leap of the crow into flight.

Chrissie A said...

Beautiful job!

Suzan said...

Love the crow. The feet are perfect!

robotJAM said...

Great image, really like the background textures

Doug said...

Great jorb! I really like this!

lew! said...

so can respect turn into green jealous hate?

kidding, kidding, totally kidding.

very nice yet again jeope.
that flippen accurate to be straight from the old noggin! Kudos on that.

Colors are great!
And the eye, just adds that lil kick of humor to it.

water color background - good stuff - i'll have to remember that one.

(don't bother checking my site, nothing new)

Rhino said...

Great image. It all works together very nicely. The watercolor merged with the pen work gives a great textured/layered effect. Nicely done.

melanienyc said...

gorgeous!!! i also love the color. i don't even like birds (esp. not crows) and i would hang this on my wall.

Tulipland said...

BEAUTIFUL WORK!!! It looks so real ! I love the texture and colors ...so great!

The Unknown said...

This looks super cool.
love

georg said...

Beautiful image - the colours, the style, the crow with big eye and wings - I really love it! The background is made in a special style - just nice.

Robert McLaughlin said...

I admire your fine art.

Robert

Alina Chau said...

BEautiful piece!!

Allan L. said...

That's top notch, man. I love the texture!

Ian T. said...

Excellent concept, technique and result! That's a really intelligent way to combine line and wash. I missed the first episode of the new SFU series - drat!

Jack Brando said...

I am looking to get a crow tattoo and i love this picture. Do you happen to have it complete with the wings? If not, could you produce on? I would be grateful and give you full credit of course. It is the perfect image for the tattoo idea. Please let me know if you can help me out.

JB

Lauren Baker said...

I am wanting to get a crow tattoo and I was searching around the internet when I stumbled upon your image. Like Jack Brando said, this is a great image. I would love to have the entire piece inked. I too was wondering if you had a completed image that includes the wings or if you are able to create one. Of course you would receive credit and I'd send you a photo of the completed work should I go through with your image. I would try appreciate it.

Thanks!