Friday, 22 January 2010

Illustration Friday: Wilderness

Hi all and here is my entry for Illustration Friday this week; the week the word was Wilderness.
It was touch and go whether I would find time to enter this week but low and behold I managed to scrape a few hours together and was able to produce this.
Given that I've created this over several sporadic bursts, I've not really had the opportunity to stand back and examine it properly to assess it's impact(s), but my initial opinion is that it's an acceptable punt. In any case, I have at least illustrated the correct word this week, and I believe I've captured a sufficiently wild atmosphere to warrant an entry.
The image has a slightly sinister effect; due in part to the fact it's all HB pencil, which I dare say you will agree often lends a dark quality if used in mass quantity like this.
Anyway, I've had my rattle now, solet me know what you think of this; I would class this as my first picture deserving of feedback in 2010, so let me know if it's stupendous, stupid, or just somewhere in between.


dthaase said...

really cool style

Susan Beth Studio said...

Jim, this is awesome for pulling it together in a couple of hours! That HB pencil can lay it on quite thick - I love the big contrast in tones you have, and also the deep shadows and line work - great job!

AHAviews said...

The dark strikes just the right note - so often folks are afraid to use their hb on its darkest setting... so using the whole range really works - focus on the kid, and he looks like he's having a great sleep! Makes me wonder if the animals crept up on him while he slept, or if they all arrived together?

flossy-p said...

A few hours!!!? It's great! It has a really great sense of atmosphere, you're right, kind of dark and sinister, but also somewhat comforting. All the animals looks as thought they's be more than content sitting by guarding the boy all night long, sharing whispered conversations over the top. That also have an amazing dimension to them which (for some reason, I can't work out what it is) makes them look as though they have been hand sewn into existence.

flossy-p said...

eeek, sorry for m typo's in that last comment. Please accept these replacement words, and use them as you like ;)

they'd and they

(clearly that word has something against me)