Hi folks! This is an under-the-gun submission to Illustration Friday. So my meager offering sits on a post-it sticky note (green). I used one of “General’s” small pastel pencil sets a friend of the family left behind. Quite different than using pastel sticks, of course.
Here I go again, fitting the theme to what came out! It was meant to be a mole (therefore subterranean) on its day out for a little sun. It looks creepy. I like the happy mistake of the eyes (first meant to be spectacle covered). But my favorite thing was how the color of the background played. The poor guy is a bit dark, which lends to the subterranean feel, but doesn’t let me know its a mole… more like a weird owl.
Here’s proof that it was going to be a mole. Have a look at my sketchbook page (below), on which you will see my reference practice moles, and one little homely mole (signed) that was original. I liked the way that down-to-earth mole lookd. Also, the realistic, chubbier looking one above could be cartoonized pretty easily.
A friend of mine suggested a mole on a motorcycle barreling down a mole tunnel, but I got lost getting some anatomy down. The motorcycle was going to look like the ones I drew beside drag racing cars all over notebooks in elementary school. (Actually, most of the content of my sketchooks look like a highschool notebook as well).
So, there you have it. That beastie in green looks good to me, whatever it turns out to be… is that a “bugbear”? .. well… it looks like it belongs underground, or just should be buried?
Lessons? Pastel pencils are better to handle than pastel sticks. I keep drawing small. Post-it sticky notes are the bomb (also good to work on storyboards, and to make flip-books). Many different mediums come in pencil form. I must expand my knowledge of that fact.
Thanks for visiting. Have a great art day/night!