She rather liked the company, if you want to know the truth. Other storks were so… tiresome, always talking about the latest bugs they ate, always trying to outdo each other. Lucille preferred to spend her days hunting for snacks and shiny objects in a plodding, unhurried manner. The chameleon was welcome to tag along, even if she had to pretend he wasn’t. In her mind she named him Douglas.
Swamp is the word at Illustration Friday. I believe I have veered somewhat from my normally goofy characters, though I suppose making them pink and purple helps. Considered adding leaves or plants, or some flying bugs, but didn’t want to busy it up too much. I am pretty pleased about the wood stork. Inspirational photo came from For the Love of Florida photography blog (last updated 2008!). Undecided about the color scheme. I was going to do a blue swamp, with only shades of blue, and you can see how that worked out.
And now, progress pics! By next time I may have figured out how to post a slideshow, which I think is a cooler way to view progress pics. No plans on videos though. But then again, I don’t own a cell phone. (Unless you count the pay-as-you-go one that has been sitting unused for eight months because I can’t be bothered to look up the code for adding minutes.)
I thought this was pretty cool and I tried to decide whether to leave the trees or the animals white. But then I couldn’t do it. Arrgh!
(The eeek, why did I pick these colors stage!)
Thanks so much for visiting!
I really admire your texture work! I think I would never be so patient to do something like that with pen and ink. And the colours are beautiful too.
Thank you! But your drawings are quite detailed (and sometimes creepy). ;)
Hi! As much as I like your beast-bust portraits (that didn’t come out right – well whateveryacallit when its heads, shoulders but no knees and toes, knees and toes), I’m really liking this new direction with more full-figured critters. (Hmmm, makes ’em sound like politically correct fatties. Coming from one who should know! Now, where did I put those double-fudge brownies…) I especially like your chameleon. And I agree with Lucille – he probably IS following her since he’s matched her color scheme so nicely!
Love the detailed patterns in your chameleon and stork!
Nice! I love how you worked with textures here! :)
I find it hard to leave things alone too! I think you did great with the colorization.
As always I love your style, and the wonderful patterns and colors.
I like that you also post your work-in-progress shots. Awesome!
I love seeing the progress from idea to final sketch! A lovely colourful pic!
Love the directional composition echoing shapes and focusing on the two characters. Really effective patterns and colors as well!
I love that both Lucille and Douglas are purple! :D Cindy, even without the slideshow I still enjoy scrolling down the progress photos. I wish to know though how/what you did to get to progress two from the original sketch. I use the Livetrace on Illustrator CS4, but every time I do so my drawing still looks a little ‘rough’ (sketchy edges). Thanks again for your comment and sharing this wonderful wonderful drawing! :)
Thank you so much! If you mean how did I do the ink stage? It’s all by hand, and I can usually make corrections if needed. I use a .01 Copic multiliner nib for the initial outline, mostly to use as a guide when coloring in the part with the liquid frisket. If it seems I have a steady hand it may be due to hours and hours of pen and ink work, but it can still be quite wobbly on occasion. :)
OK, I love that you do not own/use a cellphone:-) The texture changes in the grass/reeds really adds… well I am not sure what it adds, but it is very interesting and I like it. And the stork’s neck cracks me up: looks like she is really be-e-e-nding it in order to keep an eye on her little follower!
Beeeeeautiful, as always! The contrast between the very intricate patterning on Lucille (and her chameleon-shaped ‘shadow’, of course…!) and the delicate, almost batik-print style swirls of the swamp is wonderful. I really like the mangrove-esque roots, too :)
P.S. Thanks for your comments on my blog – always appreciated! I must now retrieve my head from the Bologna-Book-Fair clouds and get on with my own IF offering for this week (and piles of other stuff – tho, frankly, these are far less fun and, ergo, much less likely to be achieved any time soon…)
Oh no… How did I manage to make ALL of that italicised…?! *confused* Sorry…
Thank you for the kind words. Also, I closed the italics! Crisis averted. ;)
I like your stalking chameleon. He is stalking a stork… ha! Nice work.
I like these characters!! An interesting relationship.
Lovely as always!
The text underneath made me laugh alot!! =D
Beautiful illustration, love all the tiny intricate patterning and the way the branches come round to frame the characters – amazing!
Thank you so much for all the nice comments!
Very nice! I love how you incorporated the text. It looks like a page out of a book!
Wonderful characters. Your style is ever consistent. I love seeing your process too.
Fabulous! I love Lucille and Douglas..two names in my family, coincidentally! : ) You are so creative..it’s always such a treat to visit!
oh this is really wonderful!!
Who knew chameleons had the potential to be stalkers?! Hilarious! Love the color palette, & as always, I am fascinated with your patterns & textures!
Very nice. Love the colors and composition.
I love these critters and your wonderful imagination, Cindy! Always such a joy!
Lovely illustration :) They’re always so wonderful. I like how you post your process, especially without fancy slideshows and whatnot. I think it’s great the way it is.
Thanks so much, folks!
Beth, thank you for visiting all those posts!
Christine, I’m glad you like the work in progress posted as is, as I’m not sure how soon I’ll get around to that slideshow business. ;)
I’m glad you picked those colours :) I think the end result is great! Love that little chameleon. Cindy, next time I want to fiddle around with copic markers, I am coming straight here to learn. You are my guru.
I think the color scheme works great! It looks hot and damp, like a swamp should … And the pin and prple animals… Yep works for me! The text cracked me up. Lucille is quite serious about things, isn’t she?
Its good to do something different now and then – keeps everyone on their toes! The colour scheme is quite subdued (for you) but works really well and suits the mood of the scene. This piece has a contemplative seriousness to it – really like the vertical pattern in the background and the tree roots. Also love the blue legs…