Saturday, February 16, 2008


In theory, the teacher thought it would be an OK idea to let the kids bring their pets to school.

In theory, i thought this illustration would turn out better than it did. I'm still messing around with different media and the order of the media. I started this one with a lame composition so it was doomed from the get go. I also started with the colored pencils.

Next, I added a layer of paint. In theory this should have worked out OK.

Finally, I tried a new pen. In the past i have worked with regular old ball points. i like them but they don't get rich enough. This time I tried using pen and ink. The real thing were you have to dip the pen in the ink every 2 seconds.

In theory this should have worked out pretty well but I was too uptight about the pen. Plus I got bored dipping it all the time. so finally I grabbed my trusty ball point. I might need to give the pen thing another chance though.

this is the final illustration.


ElizT said...

It works for me.

C.R. Evers said...

I like it! The kids with their heads popping off are hilarious!


studio lolo said...

hah! The chaos theory :)

Kathleen Rietz said...

Well, I can definitely feel the chaos and tension you are illustrating in this piece. Very nice Ian!

Karen Lee said...

It is fun! I know what I'm getting you for Christmas - I whole bunch of different pens to play around with, plus a box of ballpoints.


Heather Freeman Radel said...

i really like them - all of them....i also love the micron pens if you haven't tried them :)

Brine Blank said...

Great explosion!!!!