Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Illustration Friday – Worn

No one warned this shark that biting metal boats is a bad idea. He now has to resort to begging for his food because his teeth are so worn.

This wasn't the idea I had in mind when I first saw this topic, but this is what formed when I started drawing, so I decided to go with it. I like this idea better because it's much funnier.

To cover the technical, artsy stuff, I inked the lines using the scratchboard tool in Corel Painter Essentials 4, and I colored it in GIMP. The original sketches are on pieces of cheap copy paper, and were created using a plain #2 pencil. I tried not to copy the sketch lines too closely, since things tend to look forced when I do. The scratchboard tool was fun to use, since you can make thick and thin lines like you can with a brush pen.

Drawing the tiny fish was tough, since I tend to stick to mammals. I drew quite a few of them before I came up with the final fish. I also did some quick research on sharks so I could get the fins right. When I first sketched this, I forgot to put the back fin on the shark. That's the most important part. How did THAT happen!? I forgot the gills too. How horrible. I'm 99.999% sure that sharks don't have belly buttons, but I thought it would be cute, and I'm easily amused by silly details like that.

Overall, I think my first attempt at Illustration Friday went well. It's really fun, and it got me to draw something I probably wouldn't have. Hooray for artistic challenges!


  1. i imagine it was worth a try at least. lol.

  2. the fish and cat on the banner look really nice!
    post more

  3. Anwar! this is great and so funny too. Welcome aboard. Love your style. You've got the 3 Cs down pat (concept, composition and color)

  4. xenos - I think it was worth a try. The shark might get lucky one day far, far in the future. Maybe when the fish are dumber.

    Dusik - Thanks for your kind comments. I'll definitely be posting more.

    Jack - Thanks for the warm welcome, and for the compliments. My 3 Cs are cookies, candy, and cake, but I think the 3 Cs you listed are better in the long run.

  5. yes, belly button is cute :) and your shark's too! it's so lovely work.

  6. Great illustration! And like the info on your process. Nice job!


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