The topic is “Heights” at Illustration Friday. Though it wasn’t a conscience decision, this marks the second in a series of ancient vessels, the first being a Cat Ship for Monday Artday. I am a big fan of the Cat Ship and it is one of my favorite recent things.
I knew I wanted to drawn an airship. Then the traveling section turned into a genie’s lamp. Then the genie airship needed a company mascot, so I figured a genie, and it had been at least three posts since the last llama. (It’s weird because dogs are actually my favorite but I’ve been doing lots of llamas so perhaps there is a comfort factor.) I included a couple extra sketches, in case it might be of interest to someone:
The fonts are Penshurst and Quaver Sans. One of these days I may try my hand at handwritten text. But not quite yet!
Also yes, I have resorted to the digital cloud effect again! I am a big fan of this color combination. And I am happy not to “waste” my Copics on the whole background. But I have very mixed feelings on a digital versus Copic background. To tell the truth, it makes me sad that such a lovely background can be done with a few mouse clicks in like, a minute. Anyone with their free copy of paint. NET could do an almost identical texture in under sixty seconds. A Copic background would take an hour or two, maybe more. And it would not be as easy to replicate. Ah well, I doubt the history of man has seen many Llama Genie Airships. So that’s something. Thanks for visiting!
Dangit, I wants one! Where’s my rep?!
I bet you are the first one to ever draw a llama genie airship. The combinations seems so random, but you make them look like they were always meant to be together. A magic combination. The lamp is really gorgeous! The digital background is beautiful, but really, your vessel steals the show.
That’s a beautiful and elegant Llama :)
I love the airship lamp, very inventive!
what a lovely llama airship!
nice colors too!
Don’t beat yourself up for using digital. Copics translate so well into digital format it simply shows your tech savvy.
How do you think of these things??? Well, I guess you explained it, but still! An airship by itself is cool. A genie lamp airship is – what? Crazy? Genius? crazy Genius! And then you go and add a llama… This is why I keep comin’ back to see what intriguing beasts, odd contraptions and explanations for combining them you’ll come up with next!
(I think this is one of the best yet.)
Haha thank you so much for all the nice comments. It is a weird combo! I believe this is one of my favorites, too. :)
I love the airship. So creative.
This is amazing, Cindy! You have such a vivid imagination and this is just perfect!!!!
Oh, this airship series is just too much fun! The lamp-basket is inspired, & the llama looks so llovely & exotic in her silken veils…
So cool! Where do you get inspiration from?? Some imagination you got there! :)
Wow! So much new and colorful art since I visited last. I love the Fox for vocal. And the inspiration photo is a hoot.
Wonderful! thank you so much for showing the steps of your drawing. It inspires me to try to draw…. I just love your creativity! Your blog is one of my fav!
I so like your bright colors and whimsical creatures. I’m also always impressed with how methodical people are who post their process (my process seems to be much more random). This is a delightful illustration!
Methodical? Hmm, I’m not sure that *quite* applies, but I have sort of gotten to the point where I remember to stop and scan before the next bit. ;)
Haha! I want a ride.. Your llama is very beautiful! We must be on the same brainwave, because I just passed some llamas the other day (my cousin lives in the country), and thought about how fun they would be to draw.. then I thought about your illustrations! I may have to try my hand at a llama one of these days…
very sixties colours, brilliant illustration
You crack me up! I think the gradation on the background is very effective and pleasing to the eye. It really lifts the ship up into the air. Digital or not – you thought it and was able to translate it. Another piece well done!
I love your illustration and love that you show your progress!
I love it! Very exotic and fun!
Thank you for all the nice comments! I’m thinking about making posters maybe. Well, maybe make one and see how it goes. I think my scanner can do 600 dpi but I don’t know if that will be enough to scale it up from 8.5″ x 11″ and I don’t know if these fonts will scale well. Hmm!
Thanks for your comment.
Your airship is fantastic.
Did you see some of your illustrations are on this Pinterest board? http://pinterest.com/rustileearts/the-art-of-whimsy/ Thought you would want to see! I saw because my art is on there too!
This one is one of my favorites. The colors just really work together and the subject matter is so fun!
You are so creative! I love the serendipity of the llama
in the airship. I also love seeing you’re drawing process. I would never guess that the background was a different medium than the airship and llama and I can understand wanting to save your copics. They’re so expensive. Wonderful work!!
This turned out fabulously! Thanks for showing us some of your process. I love that. I also love the capybara from your last post. Adorable!
I like it!
This illustration put a big smile on my face, i agree with Bella, where can i get me a Llama genie airship?
So magical, despite the fact it is flying without the aid of magic!! LOVE the colors on this week’s illustration! And unique for you, as the animal is not the main focus of this piece! What a fabulous airship! I want a ride!!
Where can I buy a ticket on this gorgeous airship?
I really loved it on the white background, too – it would have made a great page illustration in a kids’ book, and the orange and blue combo was beautiful by itself. I also love your cat ship with its historic look and colours. Your work is developing in so many ways.
Capybaras! Do they really exist? I saw a doco in which an anaconda swallowed one whole. I wasn’t so much astonished by that, as by the fact there is a 50 kg guineapig out there. Where can I see one in the flesh?? (without being eaten by an anaconda)?
Noooo, I don’t want to know about Capybaras being swallowed whole! Ah, circle of life I suppose. They are from South American but so are anacondas so I cannot help you to safely find one in the flesh, though I’m sure it’s possible.
Thank you so much and to everyone for the lovely and wonderful comments! :)
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Cindy, really lovely with a very sassy llama. I think I like it on the white as someone above mentioned. You should experiment with hand lettered text, I can imagine your detail and whimsy applied to the letters.. and then maybe a typeface of your critters in letter poses???
Great illustration as always. Like your airship!!
Lovely lama! Festive colors, makes me smile!
How cute the Llama Genie!! Love the colors :)
I’ll have what you’re having, please.
You’re so creative and fun.
I’m really loving the Tiny Things post above too.
Llama, lamp, love it!
This is fantastic! Love the lamp and genie – especially the flowing green hair. I actually have a brass oil lamp like this & tried many a time to get a genie to pop out – oh well! Also think you should definitely try hand lettering – your handwriting on your first pencil sketch is great!
Very creative, turning the Genie’s lamp into the gandola for the airship. I also like the composition; the airship seems like it is about to fly off the page.
Very cool…signed up for your blog.
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