Working with the tools...
Adobe Illustrator has come a long way... Particularly after Adobe absorbed Flash.
But for every move I could make in Flash or the defunct Expression3 in a few seconds… I have to drag myself thru some kind of heavy gravity atoms - to get the same effect in Illustrator. Powerful - yes. Quick and easy to use - No!
More and more I am finding the first quick and easy actions (of drawing) carry the core and spirit of what I am trying to “say”(illustrate/communicate)… The sluggishness - and multi step process to the achievement of marking - of old application design (like that of Illustrator) still drags me down by forcing me to be TOO deliberate. Not that I really love the potential lack of focus - lack of statement in spur of the moment, improvisational art making - but I do wish the fast power of first efforts was more available in illustration software.
Rough comps thru Photoshop are the greatest. The heart is in the comp!
Little Bridge is a collection of bite sized comic stories. Each story comes from ideas I had as a kid. They are meant for kids (of all ages). Big things from small characters points of view. Sharing some of the little wonders that inspired me. Enjoy!
The scene is a hyper idealized representation of a little water runoff "cove" I remember from childhood adventures. The noise of the tiny rivulet of water back under the grass always seemed to invite exploration - but the only way to get back into the cove was thru the water - and I was too chicken to step in and get soaked.
Some experimentation with a very liquid look to vector based presets
These were meant to simulate the gradated tonal look of sumi ink paint strokes and water application to existing strokes