Saturday, October 3, 2009

Special Saturday post - The Illustrative process

So although things are getting a bit crazy for Monkey + Seal, we hope to bring you a bit more of what we do here on the blog. More paintings, more illustration, more Etsy goodness, more of everything!

We're going to try and add a Saturday post that highlights some of the new work that Monkey + Seal are working on. Works in progress (WIPs), studies, sketches, and finished work will all be highlighted. Some of the work might be featured on Monkey and Seal's personal art blogs, but we figured we should bring the art to you. So without further delays, our latest work!

This is an illustration by Seal taking on a new twist on the theme of Noah's Ark. Seal especially wanted to focus on the beings left behind by the Ark, and wanted to explore a futuristic, Star Wars-inspired world. The initial idea actually came because Seal just wanted to draw a spaceship...and ended up drawing weird creatures to inhabit the world. Seal has always been a bit disturbed by the story of Noah's Ark, as even as a wee little Seal, she was bothered by the fact that Noah left behind all these animals who, being amoral, had done nothing wrong.

It was created first by graphite and marker thumbnails to work out composition, storytelling, perspective, and major elements. Seal then scanned and enlarged the chosen thumbnail, then sketched it out full-size in blue illustration pencil. She then proceeded to refine the drawing, and then brought it back into Photoshop to color/paint the rest.

This is the promotional flyer for the Handmade Ho Down event that Monkey is helping to organize. It was inspired by the want to include a busy, crafty feel that incorporated the fact that the event is going to be held in San Francisco just in time for the holiday season. Monkey also really likes drawing octopi and squid, and based this flyer on an earlier illustration he did for fun:

In both cases, Monkey sketches out his rough idea, then slowly refines that image. Then, he inks the image and scans it in to color it in Photoshop. Usually Monkey will then take the image into Illustrator or InDesign and do the type work there.

We hope you enjoyed this look into our work and our process and have a great Saturday!

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