Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Illustration Friday: Toy


Next month I'm excited to be attending the Indiana SCBWI conference. I'm now working on completing 2-3 page picture book page spreads for the Illustrator's Intensive with Kerry Martin. This tiny robot toy is a small part of one of my pages. He's only 1 inch tall in my final sketch. Since he worked for the IF topic, I threw some quick colors on him which may change after I figure out the rest of the page. Since I scanned in at 720dpi to enlarge him here I left my sketch lines more au natural instead of going through my usual Photoshop Photocopy step, which seemed too heavy for this little guy. I'm liking the softer sketch lines, and may try this for the full pages.

21 comments:

Jez Tuya said...

dawww he's so cute!

Ingvard the Terrible said...

LOVE.

What's the usual "photocy step"?

String said...

Very sweet!

Zarah said...

Love it, a lot!

Sylvia Liu said...

this is a great little guy...love it. have fun at the SCBWI conference!

Sarah Pecorino said...

This guy is great.What IS your "photocopy" step?

Angela Matteson said...

Thanks all!

For the photocopy linework step:
After scanning in my pencil sketch, I use Levels to set the white point & increase Brightness/Contrast to further clean up the sketch until it almost starts to disappear. Then go to Filter > Sketch > Photocopy.

Curious Art said...

Cool little dude! I think the sketchy lines really work, too. Enjoy the conference! SCBWI is a great organization.

Emily said...

He's so handsome!
Robot love.

Angela Matteson said...

Thanks Leah! SCBWI rocks!

Oh Emily, you're going to make him blush! :)

Nicole Alesi said...

Omg! I love him! He's so adorable!!!

Kristi Valiant said...

Oh, this is adorable, Angela. Your work is incredible and I can't wait to hear how your portfolio critique and Intensive goes. And to see your new work! Just one more month!

Marsha said...

Cutest robot ever!!

Eric Barclay said...

Love it - has personality & charm even with no facial features... and that takes some doing!

momo-tomo said...

So cute!

lil kim said...

Cute Angela! Good luck at the SCBWI conf. I'm heading to one too, in about 2 weeks!! x

tricky said...

the texture and the sketchy lines work perfectly here! Great job!

Bella Sinclair said...

Bleep bloop boop beep! He's a cutie I wanna push all his buttons!

Abz said...

Fun stuff! keep em comin! please stop by and check my update! ;)

Daron Leah Nefcy said...

aww, cute robot!

Shirley said...

Awesome little robot, Angela! I'm so excited for you for working on the spreads and I'm sure you will knock 'em dead at the conference!!