Sunday, October 11, 2009

Illustration Friday: Flying




Between reading about Koldo Barroso's flying fish, finally getting to read the first volume of Flight (one of the stories has a flying whale), and having a couple other whale and fish inspirations popping up on my blog reader recently, I've been motivated to draw my own variation. Originally, I wanted to take another stab at Steampunk a la Greg Manchess' rework of the Tor.com logo for steampunk month.

Alas, I got as far as a basic hot-air balloon...then the whale-beta fish appeared (if the fish are flying in air, they need pretty, flowing fins and all) then the koi, the angelfish (sort of) and the salmon (I think). Finally, I knew there had to be tiny people in the hot air balloon to give a sense of scale. And if you were in a hot air balloon looking at giant flying fish creatures, wouldn't you want to reach out and try to touch one?

If I ever do a finished piece of this, I think I need to fix the background color so it is the lightest around the people in the balloon so the eye focuses on them. I may color this one more, but I have a couple projects around the house I need to work on...and some homework to do.

8 comments:

Silke said...

This is beautiful! Love the colors and the idea! :) Silke

Patrick said...

Beautiful concept and grouping! Flying fish are awesome.

Cyn Narcisi said...

I hope you do finish this piece. It's mesmerizing! Beautiful work:) Thank you for sharing:)

dolls like us said...

I love what you do you are very good.

Brine Blank said...

wow...that really pops once the color is added! One of my favorites...

Philip said...

Great color work. Really brings it to life. Isn't that the coloration for a rainbow trout?

Shirley said...

Wow, this is brilliant!

Diana Levin said...

This is an awesome piece. I really like the concept.