Saturday, January 31, 2009

IF: Flawed Flotation

Zdepski's watercolor painting Flawed Flotation
Flawed it is the theme... without getting to negative, I thought of summer camp and the many half-baked rowboats they had in the water. I've been a fan of Hardie Gramatky and recently studying the fantastic lithographs of John A. Noble, each a master of water and ships. Hardie had a ability to allow the watercolor to work for him in a calligraphic way, and John knew his water and ships by hard-scrabble living on the docks of New Jersey. I suggest you look at both for inspiration.

This little guy got about 15 feet off the dock when the flaw was found... thank heaven for the life vest.

Flawed Flotation, WnN watercolor on Fabriano
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13 comments:

Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

Very nice work! Well done.

John said...

never went to summer camp because I actually lived in the country and had all those summer camp things anyway hahahahaha great cartoon man I love it ....brought back memories for me.

peg nocciolino said...

love this....nice treatment of the water and reflections!

Peter Breese said...

Awesome, great color work and dig the pose/storyline.

Indigene said...

Great illustration!

Beatrice said...

Poor little dude. I like the loose sketching and delicate colors.

Matthew Smith said...

beautiful illo! awesome technique! well done.

flower girl said...

Adorable illustration!beautiful =)

enigma said...

lovely... i like the water and the reflection.

theartofpuro said...

Lovely work,saw your blog is amazing

Angie said...

Oh, he looks so vulnerable!

zillustration said...

Thank yo very, very much for your comments. I feel like this is a good direction for my work, which tends to be overworked. much lighter and loose.
stay tuned.
z

Alina Chau said...

Love the story moment!