Wednesday, 26 February 2014

aardvarks and flying saucers

illustration of aardvark and UFOs

We have here yet another cover illustration for Ethel the Aardvark

Forward Aardvarkia is loosely based on an example of British wartime propaganda, but features a mysterious, suit wearing aardvark and a fleet of flying saucers.

It looks like an acrylic painting but is actually rendered with the mixer brush tool in Photoshop.
Just in case you are interested, this is the rough sketch. I scanned it and 'painted' over the top.

I like the juicy brush stroke detail the mixer brush tool can make, however it is not as intuitive or as fun as using a real paintbrush


6 comments:

  1. Saw the title of this post "aardvarks and flying saucers" and thought, "yes well naturally...aardvarks and flying saucers" as if that's logical.
    Can't believe that's not "real" painting!!! Amazing and juicy - but I agree...nothing on a computer can be as fun as a real paintbrush!

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    1. Aardvarks and flying saucers do seem to sit well together. It may be because the word aardvark sounds other worldy, or because their appearance is so very strange. Or both? Dunno.

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    2. yes - "aardvark" could be alien. In fact they probably are. Let's start the conspiracy theory here and now! Definitely aliens.

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    3. Great work. Looks like they're planning to take over...

      Carol

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  2. I love your illustration Forward Aardvarkia. The colour is beautiful and the idea is great. My mind goes in all directions! :)

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    1. Hello Margaret. I'm glad it takes your mind in all directions. I am not entirely sure what direction my mind was going in when I did the art, but it was certainly a fun one.
      Cheers, R

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