Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Illustration Friday: Fail

Frogboy and the Witch

I fail to see a good ending to this unusual and uncomfortable situation!!

This Illustration Friday topic was a little challenging for me. I sketched and sketched and sketched some more... but was never happy with anything.

After ransacking my old portfolio, I came across the picture of the little frog boy, which I had drawn nine years ago. I had never given him a background to tell his story and that always bothered me. I knew that his expression told of a very grave situation which would be the perfect thing for the topic of 'Fail', and I was more than willing to be inspired to complete this painting. The ominous forest and the foul looking witch with her bubbling cauldron was just what the little frog boy illustration needed.

It took me a few tries until I was happy, but here is completed picture. This illustration is made with colored pencil on acrylic painted vintage text and sheet music collaged onto bristol board. It measures 11 x 14.

17 comments:

Keepsake Couture said...

Beautiful, as usual! I love the title - I think it fits his expression perfectly!

Nikki said...

Wow, these is so much detail! Keep up the good work. I think you are definitely growing as an artist.

Sandra Evertson said...

I just Love this little green boy, and I bet he gets away!
Sandra Evertson

New England Quilter said...

There is a story brewing to go with this one!!

Bobo Cat said...

Extremely beautiful. He's a handsome boy.

johanna said...

great illustration! and i like the story behind it too

timafli said...

Great work, very nice characters and frame.

blendedcolors said...

hey i like your illo too!

Ru said...

Very nice!

I like that you used the music sheet and vintage text collage as a base. It gives the illo nice texture.

rbaird said...

You have great whimsical style! Love your Etsy store too!

www.robertabaird.com

::::LuLa Boutique:::: said...

This is pure talent! I'm speechless! You are going to be famous! Haha! I'm not kidding...your work is amazing!!!!

Ms Dragonfly said...

lol, the frog is cute!

Denise Felton said...

Holy carp. I've been enjoying your comments on casserole's blog, and I kept thinking your avatar looked familiar. So I wandered over here to check you out. And. Oh. My. Gawd. You're tootsiegrace in a new persona!!! You've been one of my faves on Etsy since...wow, I guess since I joined. I am so glad to find your blog so I can follow your adventures.

Rosebud Collection said...

What a great job you did..love the coloring..just great.

blazedanielle said...

This looks wonderful!! I bet it looks just lovely up on illustration friday!

IslandBaby said...

Oh no, poor frog boy!!!

ThePeachTree said...

This is fantastic :)

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