Sunday, August 10, 2008

Illustration Friday: Sail


“Erreck, erreck,” croaked Bandi Boodle Boo
as the ship glided through the South China Sea.
With a kind look the helmsman said, “Chin up my friend.
You have not heard them all.”

I'd been wanting to try coloring a sketch from my book Bandi Boodle Boo Learns to Cock-A-Doodle-Doo in this style I've been working on and this week's topic was perfect. My story is about a rooster who learns to crow by sailing around the world and hearing roosters crow in different languages.
Thanks to my Inklings friends who helped me sort out some of the composition problems!

16 comments:

Edrian Thomidis said...

It turned out really well and I think it goes great with your story.

Jen A said...

Beautiful. Like the boldness of the waves

zombie said...

Really like the waves.

Bella Sinclair said...

Yes, yes, yes! The sea looks just like that painting by the Japanese artist. Your style really works very well here. Lots of energy in this image!

Roberta said...

I really like this style.
It turned out very nice.

theartofpuro said...

love the style

Connie said...

I love your Japanese sea coupled with the quite plain vessel. Great.

Heather said...

Yes Bella, the sea was inspired by Hokusai's 36 Views of Mt. Fuji.

Distressing Delilah said...

I love how stormy the waves appear!

linda sarah said...

really beautiful illustration - and I love the title of the book - wonderful!

enigma said...

nice dramatic scene ^_^

Solvere volo said...

That's a really great stormy sea! Good job!

studio lolo said...

This is really nice...love the style!
Thanks for your comments. I did try different values for the balloon and ended up liking this one the most. I had a lighter, brighter red,then a turquoise, went back to red and finally decided I liked the more burgundy red which doesn't show well on the blog. The original painting is so much richer. I do appreciate the feedback though!

Amy Farrier said...

nice ode to japanese woodblock waves using modern materials!

Mary said...

Thanks for your comments Heather, It's a while since I have had time to enter Illustration friday, having finished uni and getting a part-time job to earn money time seems to vanish along with doing as much artwork and writing as I have time to plus researching publishers and things! I do hope you have been well.
I really like this illustration, the sea is beautiful and I wish I could draw boats!
Keep up the amazing work, hopefully I will be back again soon.
P.S. I love the goats, so cute!

Focus_ret said...

Oh, I do like this one. Great design quality.