Friday, December 21, 2012

Commission - Man out in the sea

Some time ago, my sister's friend commissioned me to do an illustration as a Christmas gift.  I made a painting of Totoro as a gift to her (as per my sister's request), and she asked for me to do something similar as a gift for her father.

To be honest, it was quite stressful, because I didn't know if she or her dad would like it or not, and it was the first time I made an image with requested items.  (In this case, it was a certain boat, a daschund, and bottles of Tanqueray)  (Also working in color is terribly difficult for me...)  I made MANY sketches of this painting, started to paint at least three of them - and finally threw them all out and redrew it from scratch once more...a few hours before I was supposed to meet her.  I literally handed it off on Wednesday.

I actually like how it turned out, and so did she - so I guess that's all that matters in the end.

Used watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, inks, and graphite.  So, pretty much everything.

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