Thursday, February 11, 2010

[Illustration Friday] Round 3: Muddy

It's that time again! Illustration Friday time!

When I was younger, I had a fear of deep water. When we went canoeing on our yearly camping trips, I would nervously look over the edge to see how deep we were. I'm not sure what I thought was worse: clear water, that let me see straight down to the bottom of the lake, potentially revealing the creatures living amongst the weeds, or murky water, that hid whatever secrets it had.

Hahaha, yup, not quite as dramatic as my intro paragraph, but... When I heard Muddy, I thought something lurking in muddy water, because that's how I roll.

Actually, I kind of pictured dogs and cats covered with mud, or some manner of muddy pawprints, but eeehn, it's been done, and probably better.

I originally wanted to do this in watercolour, but I... don't have a lot of space on my desk at the moment and by the time I get home at the end of the day I'm really beat (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it). And since I'm still transitioning to using my fancy computer programs to colour/draw stuff from never ever using them, I thought I might as well work it in.

I was going to try throwing a texture on, but I also realized that my scanner picked up the page's texture, so I just... cleverly kept that in.

Also, those pencil lines, are just... I wanted to go for kind of a sketchy look, I guess, for a poor-visibility sort of thing.

I think this is how it looked in my mind, overall, but... Something still feels wrong about it. I don't know! What do you guys think?

PS this is an alternate, without that sloppy brush-thing on it:

IN OTHER NEWS: Still can't comment on other people's blogs; either my anxiety problems uploaded themselves to blogspot, or there's some weird formatting problem. I changed my comment window style-thing on my own blog, and now I can comment on my posts, whereas the default settings apparently hate me. Man, this is embarrassing. HOW DO I USED BLOGSPOT?!

Aaaaaaand that's enough looking professional for one day.


  1. Clever concept! This looks fearful!

  2. That's kind of creepy. XD
    Very good idea.
    By the way, I really like your header. ^-^