Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Illustration Friday: Swamp

Illustration of swamp and morose creatures
© 2012 Sylvia Liu
This week I decided to try two different forms of digital painting. I played around with ArtStudio for iPad (in the piece above, I used a Wacom stylus to draw and paint on the iPad) and Photoshop (in the piece below, I scanned in a doodle and painted with some nice watercolor brushes I found online).

I like the more vivid color scheme of the first illustration, though the swamp creature and sky is more interesting in the second. By the way, in the southern part of Virginia, there's a place called the Great Dismal Swamp. I've always loved the name, and one day hope to visit in. In the meantime, I'll imagine it something like this:

Morose creatures in a dismal swamp
© 2012 Sylvia Liu

9 comments:

  1. I do like the colors and birds in the top one, but the bottom one is my favorite. Not only the pretty sky, but those birds have so much personality! They both seem a bit depressed, but particularly the one on the right. In fact, the gator is looking a little down, too. Maybe they see the inevitable encroachment of humans into their pristine swampland. Or perhaps there is something in the air. OR - the ice cream truck didn't make it out today. :)

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  2. I enjoy the simplicity of the line work in both. Nice animals too.

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  3. Think I prefer the top one too - the colours are brighter, the birds seem perkier. But the shape of the alligator in the bottom one is much more interesting... they're both great though!

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  4. Hmmm.... The bottom one feels swampier to me-- sort of lazy & sleepy & hazy & hot. I know swamps are not always hot, but every time I've visited one it has been in mid-Summer, so that's how the word makes me feel!

    Do you get frustrated painting on the iPad? It's fun now & then for me, but until they have pressure sensitivity, I think they'll always feel clunky compared to the Intuos.

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    1. I've just started playing around with painting on the iPad so I'm still enjoying exploring it and figuring out what can be done. I also like that I can paint while waiting at my daughters' sporting activities.

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  5. I like the second version a lot. The birds are very expressive!

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  6. Cute. Although I love bright colors, the second version feels swampier. Also, I agree, the creatures are a bit more interesting in the second.

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  7. I also like the second one more. A swamp is a muted place in terms of colours :) Hope the croc doesn't eat the birds :)

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