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!