Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Illustration Friday: Adapt

Perhaps this illustration works for this topic as these characters had to learn to adapt to their extreme circumstances. This is a gouache painting of my previous entry for the Illustration Friday topic, Tales and Legends. It never felt finished, and I wanted to try my hand at giving it a traditional painting treatment. This was done several months ago, as I haven't got my IF mojo working yet. Since my move to Ohio I've been busy getting settled, and learning to adapt to my new environment, so I thought it fitting to jump back into the IF routine with this topic. :)

Having just moved for the first time in 9 years
I thought I'd offer up a few moving tips that I learned:

- Keep all your original boxes with the styrofoam, especially for electronics. If you've got the room this really comes in handy!

- Save plastic bags of all sizes. A great way to protect your clothes and other items from moisture.

- Seal all glitter containers properly!!! I learned the hard way that it's true that 'glitter is the herpes of the craft world'

Overall, I'm so happy to have broken out of my old routine life. It was long overdue. Change isn't just good, it's freakin' incredible!!!! :)

edit: (Oh yeah, and I just joined Facebook. Find me here.)

18 comments:

Squirrel Girl said...

ahh yes we have been talking of a moving change as well! But oh mannnn do I hate moving! Love your illustration!

thefridayfrog said...

a lovely lovely piece! the colors are really harmonious and you did a super job with trad media! congrats on the move and THANKS for the fyi about glitter transferring! yiikes!!!

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Angela said...

Thanks!

Yes, I see now why they say moving is the third most stressful life experience after death and divorce. I think it might also be like childbirth where you start to forget the moving pains until you're faced with it again.

Ray Ferguson said...

Great color, great illo. You have a very nice style.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is prefect story for adapt. I do mean PREFECT! I just this piece. Everything about it is right! The composition , color and expression and all! Wonderful job you've done!

Drew Stearns said...

Whew! Great composition all around.

sketched out said...

Yay! It's great to have you back. Your gouache version is stunning! (although I like the digi one very much, as well!

Congrats on your move! Good luck with everything.

Rui Sousa said...

Really nice one, a really great interpretation about the subject!
Regards


THE TEMPORARY

nina seven said...

nice to see you back on IF. glad to hear you are loving your new life! i always enjoy seeing what you create!

Angela said...

Thanks everyone! It's always so good to come back to this warm, welcoming artists' community. :)

Colbert said...

Hey, thanks for the nice comments on my blog! I really like this piece. Also, I saw your package designs on your website- nice stuff! My day job I work as a graphic designer doing packaging... woohoo!

AWells said...

Oops! I wrote the above post by Colbert- was accidentally logged in as my boyfriend ;)

Coreopsis said...

I really really like this--great colors!

I've lived here for 12 years, and can't imagine moving again. Way too much work!

linda said...

Wow - lovely painting! I like the interpretation into the theme of adapt as well...thanks for sharing! I like the effect of the brush strokes, or lack of strokes - not sure what to call it...just like it!

bee'nme said...

Hi Angela!

This is just gorgeous - I love the painterly approach - you did such a masterful job! The first one was really cute, but you took this to the next level! Lovely! Welcome back to IF..I'm back myself just these past few weeks after about a year away... I wish you all the best in your new environs - may your creativity and soul be nourished in wonderful new ways!

Blessings,
Becky S. at Just Bee 'n Me

krisztina maros said...

so beautiful image! really love the colors!

fashion fucsia said...

Great and beatiful illo!!
Love the colors,
^_^

Bella Sinclair said...

Wonderful painting! I love your colors and the blended pinks and oranges of the sky. Fantastic! And it's great to hear that change is freakin' incredible. We are moving in 12 days. Yikes!