July 08, 2008

152: Go Suck A Lemon

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... is what this mosquito was dared to do – and in honour of Illustration
Friday's current theme of sour, I present to you the toe-curling results.

My original concept was of a trio of raucous mossies egging a compadre on to suck the lemon – a type of hazing ritual – but I found the three of them together quickly becoming an indistinct tangle of probosci and bug legs. So for the sake of simplicity, I put my efforts into boiling the sketch down to a single dim-witted, unfortunate critter. And then even moreso by removing the lemon altogether and opting for a piece a touch more 't-shirty' overall.

This illustration was crafted near-completely digitally, with the exception of the original mosquito doodle in pen. The typeface used is Rockwell Extra Bold, and the background texture was gleaned from Crumble Crackle Burn: 120 Stunning Textures for Design & Illustration (pick up a copy – I'm in it!). Click here for a larger, detailed view.

13 comments:

BJ Lantz said...

Fun! Love the curly toes. Original concept!

jas faulkner said...

That's awesome and very fun! I love the way you combined two very different concepts to come up with this!

Katie said...

Love the mosquito and the background. I live in the south and I wish the mosquitoes here would go suck on a lemon.

Jeope said...

Believe me, they're here up north too, Katie. I'm still scratching from the weekend.

Emily said...

georgeous! I like the style and texture! the mozzies look much cuter full of lemonaid than my blood!

*daisy said...

cute character and illo! :D

pupu said...

I like your mosquito! This is a great style! :D i wish there is such mosquito like this in real world. haha.

Mixed Media Martyr said...

Great expression on his face! I love him! Liked reading the commentary too.

Cory said...

Nice design and illustration!

Allan L. said...

Dude...killer. Digital, yet organic.

Mary said...

Very nice! Very fun variation on an insect illo :)

Missy B said...

I LOVE this one! Great work!

Anonymous said...

This is lovely and very original! I love it! :D