Friday, April 12, 2013

Illustration Friday: Wild!

Every Friday is Illustration Friday, where many illustrators and artists submit their images based on the word of the week. The word this week is: WILD!

I always want to submit work that focuses on character design and humor. I also try to play around with new styles and looks using different brushes or techniques . . . experimenting is fun.

Thought Process: For the word "Wild", I immediately thought of the jungle, which then by way of word association - made me think of a lion. I could have just made a wild looking lion and be done with it; but I wanted to add some humor to the image. So, I thought of taking the "King of the Jungle" cowardly . . . a lion who would be terrified of bunnies.

Illustration Friday: WILD week
Visual Targets: Throwing the lion in a tree added to the scared effect and emotion I wanted.  I need his fear to seem over-the-top and exaggerated for it to be comical. For the bunnies, I made them as plain,  simple and timid as possible . . . this is where "less is more" pays off. Keeping them all white too hopes to convey the idea that these bunnies are angelic, pure and innocent.

Original pencil sketch of scared lion
Image Flow: When someone first sees this image, the warm colored lion should be the main focus. As we follow his eyes to the left, it leads us to see the totally unscary trio of bunnies. The blank unemotional stares of the bunnies back at the lion adds to the comical effect.

If you would like to join in on the fun, head over to the Illustration Friday. It's free to join in on the fun, no need to login or sign up for anything. There you can view all the submissions from this week and past archives of previous words. Have a sketch to show? Send your own artwork up for others to see.