Sunday, January 24, 2010

Illustration Friday: Clumsy & Marvin the Marvelous duo

Marvin the Marvelous donned his pointy hat, secured his wand, opened the door, stepped out, fell on his nose.

This Marvin piece seemed perfect for this week's IF topic: Clumsy. For those who don't know, this is a project that I'm working on with my husband. He gives me a sentence each week and I have to illustrate it with my wizardly character, Marvin. I'm planning on doing one a week in between working on my first children's book project.

Marvin's character is a work in progress, and I'm using him to explore getting more movement and expression in my work, as well as more detail. I've always loved those wonderfully complex characters with elaborate outfits and gadgets and stuff everywhere.

I'm not quite sure what's up with the perspective on the's wonky, and it is what happens when I freehand a background in ink after developing the character. I also couldn't decide which angle I wanted to draw Marvin at--the anticipation or the fall--so you get both! His arm also got slightly disjointed when I redrew the image on bristol using my light box. The bristol board is thick enough that with a light box I get a general idea where the line is, but it's not extremely precise. I ended up just redrawing the hands rather than tracing them.

Next time: make the color looser, and ink AFTER color.


Jack Foster said...

Hey Gail, I love it especially his nose hitting the ground :o) . So cut and humorous.

Krista said...

OUCH!! Great action! What a cool project you have going with your husband.

Susan Beth Studio said...

Gail this is such a great idea, I love how you have the two phases of Marvin's actions! As for your perspective, the only thing I noticed is that the bottom of the door comes below the opening for it - not sure if that's what is bothering you, but it's a fun piece so I don't think it detracts - looking forward to Marvin's next adventure!

k.h.whitaker said...

What a fun idea, I love it. I usually ink afterward when I work in watercolor on Bristol, always seems to work out better in the end.

NightenGail said...

@Susan: that is the perspective issue I was referring to, but that's what happens when I quickly freehand in a bg. I've never been good at drawing straight lines.

@k.h.: Thanks for the tip! i'm definitely going to try that next time.

dolls like us said...

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