illustration friday: spotted

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 20 Apr 2006 1:41 am


Alas and alack!

I knew what I was going to do for this one as soon as I figured out that “spotted” could be a verb. My love for swashbuckling is profound and all the more so since I’ll never ever get to partake in any of it. But even drawing it has its twists and turns: I’d planned to fill this out in Technicolor reds and blues, the better to evoke the Flynns and Fairbankses of yore (a little anachronistic, that, since the picture would be black and white if I were being a stickler for accuracy) – but, it didn’t work with the composition, which is not a very simple gesture and would be thrown off by clashing colors. So with the blue and orange. It makes me think of the Disney Beauty and the Beast, somehow.

I’d visited family in Texas for Easter, and got hung up there a couple of days longer than intended. The joys of flying standby! Parallel the joys of swashbuckling in no wise whatsoever. Hence my lateness this week. I’ll fill in my new “Art Monday” projects tomorrow sometime.


  1. Comment by flossy-p — April 20, 2006 at 4:44 am

    Ha! Your stuff always brings a giggle.

  2. Comment by erika — April 20, 2006 at 4:45 am

    this is beautiful. made me sad when you said you would never get to partake in swashbuckling. never thought of it that way, lol. great color choices, expressions and composition. bravo!!

  3. Comment by flossy-p — April 20, 2006 at 4:47 am

    “Wikes”??? I meant to say “Yikes!” as in “Yikes, we’ve been sprung” – doh. (obviously time for me to go to bed)

  4. Comment by Amy Zaleski — April 20, 2006 at 5:14 am

    How much fun you must have had doing this illustration given your love of swashbuckling! Would that be you in the mask or are you one of the musketeers? Wonderful, rich colors, playful lines and excellent perspective. A winner!!

  5. Comment by Bron Smith — April 20, 2006 at 5:47 am

    Whoa…you draw and render very well. It’s obvious you’ve been in the biz for a while.

  6. Comment by albina — April 20, 2006 at 9:45 am

    Yep, going for Three Musketeers book right now… Inspiring, fun and funny.

  7. Comment by IdiotHead — April 20, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    Great bold colors. There is so much to look at. Wonderful!

  8. Comment by hardwax — April 20, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    The energy jumps out of my monitor, beautiful, stuff and exciting, i’d like to see the next scene. Very cool!

  9. Comment by Willie — April 20, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    Swashbuckling, eh?? Very interesting. 🙂 Nice piece!

  10. Comment by Trisha — April 23, 2006 at 10:35 am

    This is totally awesome (hey…did I just sound like a valley girl?). The colors, the content…everything!

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