These Grouchy Quirky Critters just aren't letting up. Found myself having no choice but to sketch another one when a bat flew in on a broomstick, with a very grim cat hanging on ... well, you understand how I was forced to draw them out, right?
So far I've drawn the Polar Bear in coloured pencil, and the Squirrel in watercolour, so decided to go digital with this one after I had sketched it out in pencil in my large moleskine. Here's a rapid run-down of the process ...
First the initial sketch:
I scanned that in to Corel (I'm trialing Painter X3 at the moment, trying to decide whether it's worth the cost of the upgrade from Painter 12 or not) and picked up a digital oil paint brush with the following result:
I then transferred it to Photoshop for a detailed cleanup:
Which was when a sllight imbalance in the illustration was pointed out to me, so I added the jack o'lantern pumpin and the spider ghost (both also painted in Corel Painter X3) at the end of a longer broomstick. Hopefully that helped:
Finally, I added background texture, flying candy corn, hand-drawn text, and all the rest of the embellishments, and ended up with the following Happy Halloween card:
What do you think? Scarily humorous enough for cards, matching gifts, invitations, etc ... for a spooky night celebration? Well, I'm just beginning to put them up at my new Floating Lemons Quirky Critters store, so swing (fly?) by for a peek when you have the time.
Wishing you a day full of good humour. Cheers.