Friday, February 14, 2014

Illustration Friday: Twisted

I made this months and months ago for the Illustration Friday prompt "robot." I didn't post it because I was confused by the technology involved. All those mysterious links and URLs and stuff. Embarrassing.

Her head is twisted around, but no one will accuse me of slavish devotion to staying on topic. Maybe you could say it's a kind of twist for a happy robot girl to walk a robot puppy chasing robot butterflies.

I'm happy, too. I laid down a watercolor under-painting before finishing this with colored pencils. It was fast and easy, and it reproduced well. I've been mostly dissatisfied with how my colored pencil work looks on the screen, especially when it is scanned. I work hard building up glowing, subtle layers of colored pencil that look washed out after scanning. I try to fix the pictures in Photoshop, but I don't know how to use it well and lose nuances. Underpainting with watercolor is my answer for now.


  1. Even thr butterflies are robots! Oh what a charming image, the girl really does look happy, jumping along, walking her dog :)
    I like the softness of the colours you've used (The flowers are delighfully soft) but I know exactly what you mean aobut scanning artwork - it just does not translate well through the scanner! :( Sometimes, if the drawing is small enough, I'll actually just use the camera.

    1. Thank you for your positive words. Maybe I am too dependent on this, but its always easier to like my own work when someone else says nice things about it!

      I've tried using a camera, and in some ways I like it better, but I'm not good at getting the lighting even. Well, its good that there is always something to learn.