Thursday, September 24, 2009

Illustration Friday: "Infinite"

I had trouble thinking of what to do for this week's topic. I immediately thought of the night sky and how endless or "infinite" it appears. So, I did a mouse looking up at the night sky. It was a very quick sketch done in watercolor pencil.

My main computer has been down all this week, thus I haven't been able to access my Adobe programs. I'm still having issues due to a computer upgrade, but hopefully they'll be resolved soon. Hopefully everything will be back to normal by next week! : )

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Illustration Friday: "Welcome"

For this week's topic, I did a quick drawing of a Maneki Neko. The Maneki Neko is a Japanese lucky charm and can be seen frequently at the entrances of various Japanese restaurants and shops. Their paw is held up, which "welcomes" the customer in. They are supposed to bring good luck and many customers. I think they're really cute, so I'm an avid collector of them. : )

The Japanese writing at the top reads "irasshaimase," which means "welcome" in Japanese (as in "welcome to our place of business"). The Japanese character on his bell means "good fortune" and the coin he is holding is called a "koban," which were used in the Edo period for currency. It reads "ten million ryou." The ryou, an old Japanese monetary unit, is roughly equivalent to a thousand dollars, so ten million ryou is a great fortune.

Done in Photoshop. Enjoy. : )

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Illustration Friday: "Strong"

For this week's topic, "strong", I did a quick doodle of a superhero hamster. I call him Super Ham. : ) He's just flexing his muscles and showing off his super strength. It's no doubt from all the veggies he eats. Not sure what his main powers are, though.

Done in Photoshop this week. Now back to editing tons of photos to put on Flickr... I'm really backlogged. Anyway, enjoy!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Illustration Friday: "Magnify"

I wish I could have spent more time on this illustration this week, but I haven't been feeling particularly well lately. I ran out of time and wasn't able to add a background like I wanted. At least I managed to get something done for IF, though. : )

Anyway, this should be pretty self-explanatory for the topic this week, "magnify." This little guy seems to like the attention of having the magnifying glass put on him while the others seem a bit indifferent.

Done in Illustrator this week. Hope you enjoy!