Illustration Friday: Baby

As mentioned earlier, I was dithering between extremes for this topic. Nasty, nice, or something with Patrick Swayze in it?

I opted for the first two…

This illustration was done mostly in Inkscape with a bit of Photoshop at the end to colour the scarves and bodies (faces were Inkscape). Nesting dolls are related to garden gnomes and jacks-in-the-box. In retrospect, the font is too over-the-top. It needs something plainer.

Baby (nasty)

This is the nice picture, done first in Photoshop and then tweaked in Inkscape. I did a few colourways.

Baby (nice)

I’m learning the ropes of both programs, as well as of illustration, so comments and critique are always welcome!

10 thoughts on “Illustration Friday: Baby

  1. Nicely done!

    A very sinister picture, I think you don’t even need the blood+txt to implicate parenticide, just give the innerdoll a cuddleytoy (or anything other defining a baby) to hold and your done. (or possibly make the blood drip from the rim as a decorative pattern.)



  2. Both are nice — the second appeals to me a bit more because I like its abstract nature and the muted colors.

    I think it’s great that you’re giving yourself projects to challenge yourself and learn about different programs. This is pretty much how I learned Photoshop and Illustrator. Books can only go so far — self-administered projects and exchanges with other artists are the best ways to learn in my opinion.

  3. Thanks, all!

    Cal, if I were to do this again, I would certainly simplify it (and not use that font, if any lettering).

    Steve – that’s pretty much what I was going for, so thanks!

    Izhar – I do try to steer clear of cliches or what is to me the most obvious course. Some topics (such as this week’s) are harder than others.

    Chris – from much further down the ladder than you, I agree! I find books helpful on top of that experience – to learn easier ways to do something or to see what is possible with a program or medium.

  4. I like them both.
    But my favorite is the second one.
    It’s a little more organic.
    It would make a lovely greeting card!

    Thanks for your comment!


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