Thursday, March 05, 2009

Illustration Friday: Breezy


This week the topic, 'breezy', led me to do some character studies of the 3 little pigs, who soon found that their homes became quite breezy when that wolf came a calling.

Instead of just the three, I ended up with 4 pigs. The fourth, rarely mentioned piggie, was so involved in his puzzle that he never even noticed what was going on around him. Luckily, he was roommates with the pig in the brick house, so he never had anything to worry about except for a few pieces that fell on the floor because the window was cracked open a bit. This piggie is dedicated to my mom who is the expert puzzle doer of the family. :)

The pigs in my drawings started out looking not so worried, but by the time I got to this last one the reality of the situation finally settled in. This guy obviously lived in the straw house that is now no more. I usually just play with my line work in photoshop, but this week I decided to bring it into illustrator to try simplifying it a bit, and then I ended up coloring all the characters in illustrator, and then bringing them back into photoshop to add the texture.

This piggie on white is more cartoony than my usual style, and a fun experiment.
I also wanted to share the evolution of the idea for these illustrations this week. I was eating lunch which was a nice Israeli couscous with asparagus, and relaxing and gazing out the window when I noticed a wolf staring back at me. Usually when I see things like this they are not photographable because they exist somewhere between imagination and reality, but this time the imagery stayed put for me to capture.


Can you see the wolf's head?

Bonus points for also spotting the bunny.

The wolf should be worried since that bunny is rather large in comparison. :P

Scroll down for the reveal.




21 comments:

Louise Neal said...

Really sweet. Your work is lovely.

Vhrsti said...

Brilliant, Angela! Their expressions are perfect!

Rico said...

Cute pigs :-)

Mark Cavell said...

Great little characters, loving the fourth pig!
We should always keep our eyes peeled, you never know who’s watching!

Cat-on-the-moon said...

Haha,I love the characters worried little expressions. You should try out a wolf from your tree trunk discoveries too.

Twinkle Star Art said...

Gorgeous pig illustrations. Your experiment with illustrator and then textures in photoshop works a treat! Oh and puts a whole new meaning to pigs flying backwards ;D

I couldn't spot the wolf, I tried so hard before tempting to scroll down to reveal the answer. If I wasn't so tired I might have had a chance. You're imagination is inspirational, no wonder you're so clever :)

fashion fucsia said...

Hi Angela!
Your little pigs are adorables!!
Ay, ay, ay.. they are so cute!, I love them!! Your idea for this topic is perfect!
;)

Debra Cooper said...

Thee most adorable pigs right down to their expression and clothing. Putting them on the colored background gave the illustration a lot more substance.
Love, love your work!!!!

Angela said...

Thanks everyone!!

Cat-on-the-moon-
I started out drawing the wolf blowing their houses down, but the composition wasn't working, and I got more interested in the pigs. It's funny how he ended up being there only in spirit! :P

Eric Barclay said...

I love those pigs! I really like the way you handled the 'blowing down' aspect of the story-- makes for a much more interesting illustration. Great work as always.

Jack Foster said...

Great idea and you really pulled it off. I love those pigs! You should do more stuff in this style. Fantastic!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is awesome!!!! I love piggies! They are some of my favorite people! he he he!!! I just love these guys Your line is fabulous!

calamity afoot said...

Really cute characters! nice blog all 'round!

Kristi Valiant said...

Oh how fun, Angela! I love the puzzle pieces flying around.

Matthew Smith said...

wonderful characters!! kudos!

Bella Sinclair said...

HAHAHA! Oh, I LOVED this post! Yes, just another day being blown around by that nasty ol' wolf. Ho hum. I love the idea of the 4th pig. Heehee! Reminds me of Hello Kitty's lesser known twin sister, Mimi (helloooo, talk about sibling rivalry!). And I could absolutely see the wolf and bunny! Took me a little longer to spot the wolf, but when I saw him, I just could not stop. Love your source of inspiration. :D

Tomás Serrano said...

Very nice and cute pigs.

nina seven said...

love the pigs, they are so hip and modern! i found the bunny, but not the wolf!

Angela said...

Thanks for the sweet comments!

It's funny that it was easier to find the bunny. I didn't see the bunny until after the photo was taken. I took a second photo, but the bunny was gone. He must have hopped away. :P

Atsi-Batsi said...

I love the pig with the jigsaw puzzle!

Amberbop said...

What a sublime post! I totally caught the wolf in the first pic. Piggy with the puzzle is divine. I love the look of mild frustration on his sweet little mug. I was relieved to find he was holed up in the brick house! Whew!