skunky meal

skunk heads out for a picnic breakfast!
i'm working on getting looser with my paintings because for one, it gives the piece more movement and i think a better feel and secondly, i can paint faster. if i ever do get a chance to illustrate a real book i will be working full time as well so i need a technique that works for my schedule. the skunk above is my second attempt and using the rough sketch took me about 3 hours.

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this skunk was my first attempt. with all the layers and drying time took me 8 hours. although i like the brushier skunk better, i do prefer his log house.

what do you think?

18 comments:

  1. Hi, I do prefer your second attempt, It looks a lot more naive and I do prefer the tree trunk house. I always used to get told by a mentor of mine to draw with my left hand 'cos I'm too neat with my right :)

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  2. i agree, I like the second one, and you have created one darling skunk!

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  3. yes, that's good thinking! I prefer the looser one as well! C

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  4. I like the top sketch becasue of the lightness with the white area with the nuts which indicate the topic 'breakfast' in a lovely way. Your little skunk is absolutely huggable and I am sure kids would love this.

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  5. Defenetly Brushier skunk wiht the hobbit like log house, love the red boots, and the character expression :) i think you will get that quick style you want to achieve

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  6. Really like the second one...feels much looser and better with the posturing...awesome...

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  7. Tricia, this is sooooo cute! I agree, I love the design of the log house in your first attempt, but that skunk, he's just wonderful!! I really like the colors as well.

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  8. you have a wonderful and unique style.

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  9. I prefer no. 1 personally, your skunk looks like he's on a mission, i love what look like cowboy boots! He's ace! I love his house and your colour palette too!

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  10. your characters are so cute. Love it!

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  11. Ahhh your work is so cute, Love your style.

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  12. I agree, I like that 2nd one better too. The textures and colors just have it jumping off the page with life!

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  13. Awww this is pure CUTENESS!

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  14. Love this image- esp the top one. I love your style loads. nice work :)

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  15. I have total confidence that you will be illustrating a "real" book one day soon! Your work is just too awesome. I do like your looser style but prefer the composition of the first. Maybe loose style with texture with simple(with awesome details) composition?

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  16. What's all this "if I ever?"

    C'mon girl; we're all waiting for you to light up the publishing world!

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