Thursday, October 22, 2009

Play Ball?


This is another portfolio illustration. I've been working on a bunch of portfolio illustration. I forgot to add the doggie drool dripping from his tongue. You can see the steps to how I created this piece on my blog at link

7 comments:

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Patti said...

Steve, This guys face is really fun and inviting. I am having a little trouble with his hind legs though. I like that you creating an interesting point of view.Check out Kadir Nelson's no puppy no. It has some really interesting points of view with a puppy too. The transition from the long grass to the flatter seems a little abrupt.

sara b. said...

Haha, I love the cat in the bkgr...nice touch, adds a lot of story! I didn't really notice the hind legs until Patti mentioned it. I'm not sure if they bother me or not yet.

I agree about the grass...the bkgr grass should have some kind of texture. The dog's nose is also a wee bit too shiny for me. I would darken the shine just a bit so it's not the same color as his coat.

Awesome job! Love the characters and perspective. I feel like the ball right now...anticipating that drool you mentioned.

pete said...

Hey Steve. This illustrations really jumps upon first view. The colors and contrast are all very nice and the composition is clever. The wetness of the nose reads great and I like the hints of flesh tone under and around his nose.

The dog's trunk/body seems a bit out of round to me. When thinking of the circle that completes the belly, through the shoulders, and over the back. I think this makes the left shoulder of the dog feel a bit forced. Maybe if it followed the circle created by the tummy, it might resolve that bump. The lighting your use is tricky in that area and I think you do a good job of executing it.

I can almost smell his breath...

Very interesting concept. It looks like something that would grab the interest of a reader to me! :)

Carmen Keys said...

This is very eye-catching Steve! And playful. I think the expression on the cat's face is hilarious, he looks very disapproving of this exuberant pup.
I think maybe the deal with the back legs is that they seem a little skinny on the top half. Making the thigh part of them fuller/rounder might help. I agree about the grass and the main nose highlight as well.
I hope someone throws that ball soon... he looks like the kind of dog that can be fooled by "throwing" the ball and then hiding it behind your back. ;)