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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I just love Fairy Tales. There's just something about them that is so wonderfully imaginative and timeless. When I am trying to think of new stories and also when I am looking at the new books that come out I wonder if they will be around in the future and if they will be as timeless as so many of those original tales.

For this weeks IF subject "grow", I immediately thought of Jack and the Beanstalk. So this is my little sketch of it.

*edit: I added a second version of it. I've seen a lot of people adding textures and effects to their work and thought that maybe I would try to experiment with this one a bit. Let me know which one you guys like better.




Take care,

-Mike

27 comments:

nessadee said...

I love the loose, painterly style and the perspective of this piece.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Wow, really spectacular! Beautifully done. Thanks for stopping by my blog. My background is 100% non digital. Painted with acrylics, colored pencil and graphite.

JO said...

Really charming, love the perspective as well.

puddlebee said...

oh, what a perfect illo! you sure packed a lot of punch (and a lot of space!) into a small space... :) what a talent you are!

~kim

delaverobum said...

ooohhhh beautiful, really nice!

kdhamel said...

I like the one on the left (if I had to choose) perhaps because it is more traditional. This has wonderful color and I like the composition and perspective - great illo!

James Grasdal said...

Fantastic. Great perspective but the expression seals the deal for me. Either version works for me.

tusen said...

His pose is great and so is the perspective. I like both version, but I've been thinking - what do you think about trying how it would look with the texture added just to the stalk?

zari.ZHM said...

Spectacular work! wow!
-my favorite is the one at the right

Debra Cooper said...

Very nice! I love how the little jack is struggling to get up the bean stalk. I want to reach in and give him a nudge to make sure he doesn't fall. ha ha

Natura said...

Beautiful work. Love the perspective!

Kate said...

Such a strong piece! I love it. I think the second one you did is the one I like best.

Sim Sim said...

OMG, i really luv ur style. please tell me how u do it cause right now i am soooooooooooo in luv with ur art pieces. i like the color scheme and the look in his naughty eyes. and please DO continue ur work cause i am one of ur fans. cheers

Valaine said...

Awesome! I like the one without the texture :) You are extremely talented!

~Valaine

crystal driedger said...

Hi Mike! In regards to the texture: I enjoy the idea of having it just on the stalk (except changing it so it keeps more of the original colour you had in the first painting). Yes, strong composition and colour. You've gone miles since the days we worked together! Truly, you are the one climbing the bean stalk these days.

Alicia Padrón said...

Wow, amazing work! Beautiful :o)

Kelly Light said...

This is great! Great work all around.

Angela said...

I agree about the texture just on the stalk, and about the beauty of the original bright colors with maybe a spot more sunlight to highlight.

This is a wonderful painting. I love the little nose popping over the top! :)

Darryl Boldt said...

Wicked picture... I like the one of the right better. It looks old like the story.

Erik Petri said...

There are both looking great, but I like the right one ´cause the more yellowish tone gives the image a warm feel and it gets that 'it happened a long time ago' teint.
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Dee said...

the 2nd one pops out for me. It definitely feels brighter. The whole piece is great, especially his determined expression!

Kstyles said...

This is great. The colors are so bright and the piece is fitting for this weeks theme. I like the second one better though they are both great.

Ryan Wood said...

Fantastic piece! I really like the composition & color.

Caroline McKay said...

Although I always like cooler palettes, I think the one on the right has more definition. You can almost hear him going "oof"!

P.L. Frederick said...

I too have noticed people adding textures to their illustrations. On yours I think I actually like the original better. Your illustration style is so painterly and luscious that I don't think it needs more than what it already is. People who design in flat areas of color seek to mimic something more visually complex. This little beanstalk guy—they way you slather on wonderful colors—he's something that the flat colorists (like me) would love to have happen naturally. But it doesn't. So we add texture in a Photoshop layer.

Beautiful work, yours!

P.L. Frederick (SMALL & big)

Jason Dirks said...

Holy mackerel!!

Sweet work.
Ummm, I like the textured beanstalk... ALOT. It may not apply to all of your work, but for this I like it. For a story like Jack and the Beanstalk it ads some sort of authenticity to the artwork. Maybe I too am somewhat bias, but I believe that adding texture can bring a more polished look to the piece. Just remember, not too much .
The alien in the wagon... BRILLIANT. The happy face slaughters me.
Old Man Shue... AWESOME.I want to buy whatever he's selling. Bloody amazing work bud. Hope you and yours are well.

Fadas & C.ª said...

So, so cute! Love it! I like the one with the textures...