Monday, June 16, 2008

Dancing Daschund!

There seems to be a lot of work right now, but only one project is illustration related. It's a small thing that I hope to share over the coming months.

The picture above is something I did about a year ago. It is a pencil drawing colored using Photoshop. At the time I was experimenting with this technique, but I was in love with my brushes and returned to them after a few months. I should be crowned as the "King of Indecisiveness" because this digital method is looking nicer to me.

Something I wish to study further is the use of color. I grasped the basic principles in college (I think) but some aspects got by me. (I must have been too busy looking through illustration source books.) Well I better go... I'm up to my eyeballs in plastisol and film positives. Have a great week!


Amy Sullivan said...

My sister owns 3 Dutch hounds. She would love this dancing doggy. (she also dresses them in cute little outfits) : )... I really like this fellow too.
I have never used photo shop. I would like to try it someday.

Phyllis Harris said...

I have had trouble warming up to the Photoshop brushes but this doggy is really wonderful!! I use Painter instead. I find their brushes very "life like". :o)

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Amy! my two youngest brothers dress my Jack Russell in a sweater and say she's Nemo, Captain of the Nautilus... They never cease to entertain me with their funny imagination :) (the dog doesn't mind... she's cold natured anyway)

Thank you Phyllis! I'm going to have to look into Painter. You handle the brushes extremely well... I can't tell which of your pieces are painted by hand, or in the computer!

Raluca C said...

ha,ha!!I like your comment with adding details as well!!I love all the illos you posted after''the morning lesson''(the little mermaid sketch ,so delicate and detalied is AWESOME!!)and I hope your little visitor still have good time in your yard!I saw he had lot of hazelnuts around:spoiled little one!!You have such a big heart!!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Raluca! your so sweet... thank you! I think I've figured out that the bunny is really not afraid of us... when I walk close to him, he will run around me in circles... he does the same thing with a larger rabbit that chases him so I wonder if he wants to play... he's almost like a pet!

rbaird said...

This is really well done. You have incredible computer skills as well.

I have a chihuahua named Bella who refuses to wear anything.She thinks she's one of the big dogs!

Oh and I do remember Alan Hale Sr., his son was the more popular one as Skipper though.

Thanks for visiting Anthony, I always enjoy your comments.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Roberta! That's hilarious about Bella... they all have such diverse personalities

and I knew you'd remember the Skipper's dad :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Ambera said...

Haha, I giggled out loud! This is really cute, well done!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

I'm glad you like it Ambera... this was for a local German Festival

AWells said...

I really love this guy. Don't worry, I always feel uneasy about any media I work in. I find myself admiring watercolor pieces (i can't do watercolor for my life) and I love pieces where you can see brush strokes... but in my own work, I end up needless reworking it until I've totally lost the effect, and suddenly, my drawings look shiny!

I'd like to see more photoshop pieces- my friend Jake starts almost all of his works in oil paint and then finishes them up in photoshop- maybe you could experiment blending the two to keep a more organic look?

Do you currently have a tablet?

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Aja: That's a good idea about mixing the two... I've been trying it with watercolor and photoshop, but it is rather delicate... The watercolor is transparent and the photoshop brushes can come across more opaque, like oils... I have a tendency to repaint the whole thing in the computer to try and unify the image (but I do like mixing the two)

I don't have a tablet (just a mouse - ugh!) I heard good things about Intuos3 - don't know what will work with my mac yet... what tablet do you prefer?