Sunday, December 14, 2008

IF: Rambunctious Adelia takes flight

Here's a closeup of Adelia:


The last few weeks I've been spending a good part of my Saturday afternoons at the bookstore. For some reason it's been a good way for me to get some drawing done.

This last Saturday (that would be yesterday) I was working on developing the world of Adelia more. When I first attacked this project I wanted it to be very minimal in extra detail and backgrounds. My first Adelia book was done completely in that style. But now it's been about a year and a half that I've been drawing this character - in that time my style has been evolving and Adelia is a good part of that.

The original sketch shows a lot more info than what I eventually put in. I wanted the crayon ship to be more of a rocket...which meant the balloons were out of place. I think, if time permits, I'm going to do a version of this with balloons (which means doing it without the smoke).


I also eventually opted out of using the moon. I felt it would take away from the composition - and it was just loud and clunky, and didn't really fit.


In the rough I did a couple of versions of Adelia - one where she was in profile and the other where she was in a more interesting and dynamic pose (I went with this one in the cleanup). If you notice, there are a lot of faces on everything. in the rough the crayon had a pig face (because of the snout like tip)...I'm still toying around with the idea of having everything be alive and a character all on it's own. Obviously it has Tokidoki feel to it (there are many illustrators using this, and I got into it through researching for a freelance job for Kitson and Nikki Chu handbags - they wanted a series of illustrations in the hello kitty, tokidoki, gwen stefani style). It's a direction I'm exploring as it lends itself quite well to toys. But we'll see...I don't think i'll go so overboard as to put a face on EVERYTHING. But we'll see...

And here's the final illustration:

And I created it for Illustration Friday - Adelia takes a rambunctious ride through the cosmos.


Sukro said...

Beautiful work! Love the style....

Vhrsti said...

Wonderful! It's great to see your work from sketch to final picture. Thanks for share this!

Buskitten said...

Wow, Issac, that was really cool seeing how you evolved the picture - I absoloutely loved it! Can you tell us (maybe next time) about how you actually do this using digital software? I haven't got a clue about this, and would love to know more.....The finished picture is so good, and I just can't imagine how you did it didgitally. Fab! Thanks!

Tessa said...

Loved seeing the work in progress, and WOW! the finished result is fantastic!

L. A. Stern said...

I love, love, love the combinations of purples, violets and blues. Really lush!

theartofpuro said...

Lovely illo,she's so sweet and finished result it's great

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