Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Holiday Illustration

I always have a difficult time thinking of ideas for a Christmas illustration, especially anything narrative or symbolic that isn't trite. So, here's just a fun image. Unfortunately, it didn't reproduce incredibly well in the scan (note how the left side got washed out). I need to look into photographing my artwork. Mixed media on cardboard.


Blogger Todd M. Casey said...

Hey Ty,
Nice holiday piece.. great sense of design... u look like you're enjoying the cardboard painting... do you paint on cardboard because of the surface, or do you treat it like a toned canvas.. nice piece, happy holidays... t

3:39 PM  
Blogger Fox said...

He's like the cool dude Rudolph! I like it! I like the repeated shapes of his eye, nose and tips of the antlers. Good job.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Tyler said...

Thanks for the comments... I didn't even realize I was repeating shapes there. That's cool. I should have repeated it in the ear shape. The sky area is supposed to gradiate down from blue/white to light yellow.

I like working on cardboard....though not all cardboard is created equal. It does work well for me as a toned canvas. I like showing parts of it through the painting. That's also the color I tone my canvas when I'm working with oils. I'd like to go back to leaving more of it exposed like with the self-portrait but I've been experimenting with painting in acrylics, which is something I'm not that comfortable with yet, and that has sort of been taking over. And because cardboard is free, I feel more comfortable with trying things out...maybe fresh illustration board psyches me out...I don't know....it's a mental game for me, I think.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Nice one Tyler. I know what you mean about white brand new illustration board, (although i just ordered 10 sheets from Blick). I find that wood and other surfaces get me to loosen up a little.

Really like the stylization though, and the color palette. Looks "cold"

11:49 PM  
Blogger chris ewald said...

great design, really fresh and fun to look at. did u flesh the design out on paper first or go straight for it? i know you said that cardboard being free lets u experiment more, wondered if it helps to just dive in. good stuff.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Tyler said...

Yeah, I worked it out a bit first in my sketchbook and on tracing paper....pretty hastily, though. It probably could have used more attention.

1:31 PM  

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