ϟBrainstormingϟ

ϟBrainstormingϟ

Houdini – colored

Houdini – colored

I colored this myself (download a page to color here) looking at posters from Houdini's era. Lots of art deco, airbrushed shapes and textures began showing up in what I found. One of the more interesting things I learned about Houdini is that he insisted on explaining to his audience that superstition and magic have no part in his performance. "My brain is the key that sets me free" - Harry Houdini.
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Houdini

Houdini

I'm working on this illustration but I turned it into a coloring page for Houdini's birthday today. Click to download the larger image.
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Slainte part 3

Slainte part 3

Here's the final version of the poster. I pulled heavily from art nouveau to make this so complicated lines are ok here. It is easy to overwork a project sometimes and my original idea of working line art into the lettering took it to that point - so I left it out in the final. Sl-final
Slainte part 2

Slainte part 2

outlineI have everything brought into Illustrator, now I'm working on detail and colors. You can see in the letters that there are breaks to help me see where there will be depth in the letters.

I'm interested in adding detail inside of the letters, bringing in knots or a pattern if it will support the look of everything together.

Below you can see what the "e" looks like with depth and shading added as the letters overlap.

I won't be using these too much here, but here is a quick way to make three easy art brushes in a short amount if time. They're good for detail or backgrounds, and helped me to learn how art brushes work in Illustrator.

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Slainte part 1

Slainte part 1

sliante-v2Here's an in-progress view for a St. Patrick's Day illustration I'm making this year. Inset below is the basic thumbnail I began from and the first larger sized plan I put together for the next set. I definitely wanted to keep the diagonal direction in there but wasn't sure yet how to handle the lettering. There were a lot of ways to go with the type.

In the next version I have more of a plan for the composition and the diagonal the lettering is resting on. I have a couple of things left to puzzle out but I'm far enough along to bring it into the computer to process and adjust.

Since this is so complicated I will think about using limited colors and sticking with richer shades of green, red, gold, and brown. In ornate illustrations - like in illuminated manuscripts - I notice that some level of order helps to balance organic elements. I think the same idea can help here.

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Early thumbnail sketch and pencil plan
Jack o’ lantern

Jack o’ lantern

I started this as a sketch to turn into a vector illustration a few days ago but I didn't care for the way it was turning out. I do like the face, the three-dimensional aspect of it.

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I started removing pieces of the pumpkin to see how much I could take out while still keeping the face recognizable. Here's the end result:10-14flourish

Link to download (.ai file). There is an orange background version and a white background variation in the file.
The Last Crash

The Last Crash

I made this to blow off some steam after a morning of duking it out with my computer but if you remove my name this can be a simple/versatile little drawing. The vector file does not have writing on the tombstone. The owl is separate as well. I'll be back to regular flourishes in November. Enjoy these until then. Link to download (.ai file).