Warm Up: 2 Little Pigs

I’m playing around with different tools here (Both pigs are done digitally, btw). Pig #1 is done with a dry ink brush and colorized with pastels and pencil and a bit of splattered ink. I like that the ink line is a little unpredicable, going from thin to thick, etc. It’s kinda tight but not really. Pig #2 is done with in a dark brown pencil. I do the line work lightly then double up the line layer to thicken it up. The background is done with pastels and pencil. Does the treatment of the line make a big difference here? It does in how I go about treating the over-all drawing but not sure from first glance. Thoughts?

4 Responses to Warm Up: 2 Little Pigs
  1. Janice Skivington
    July 16, 2009 | 10:06 am

    Paula, long time blog reader, first time commenter! Long time fan of yours too.
    i think that the line work on the guy pig on the left is more expressive of your style. the thick thin,
    looks stronger, looser, more zippy, and just more like your unique way of drawing to me.
    Are you using corel Painter to do this drawing?
    I use painter too but have had so much trouble professionally with the color profile not being
    a good match when I send it to a client. Working in painter then sending as a photoshop file
    turns into a color problem. Red skin tones are too red, not realistic, etc. Do you have that problem?

  2. deb
    July 16, 2009 | 11:04 am

    Hi Paula,
    I agree with the above post that the pig on the left is more your current style and has more punch, although color has alot to do with it in these 2 illustrations. but I also like the somewhat softer line work…less exaggerated blackline…. might be a great style for picturebooks. Would be interested in your thoughts on corel painter too…..
    Just love your warmup sketches. I’m in awe!

  3. paula
    July 16, 2009 | 11:39 pm

    Janice: Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I appreciate the input! Yes, I’ve been working in Painter for quite a few years. I’ve only had issues with the color a few times over the years, so not even close to enough to stop using the program. I know the RGB to CMYK thing can be tricky, so I usually let the designer I’m working with handle it. I send the art in RGB and will only change it myself if asked. I’ve been meaning to get on some Painter forums and see what others say.

    As for your comments on my two pigs, I appreciate your perspective. I, too, like the loose line on pig #1, but I’m thinking it’s kind of deceptive that that one is the one that’s more loose. I feel limited by the ink outline as to what I can do with it color-wise, etc. Whereas with pig #2, though it looks like it is tighter, I actually feel I have more freedom to work under and above the line work, adding color and texture and more lines. I’m not sure how to pull that off with the style that was done with #1. Thanks for helping me think this through!

  4. paula
    July 16, 2009 | 11:50 pm

    Deb: Much thanks for your thoughts on these two piggy samples! I think you’re right about #2 being something that would be attractive for picture books maybe. My “softer” style has probably attracted more clients (when I’ve had them in my portfolio), but I can’t seem to settle with doing things one way or the other. And I enjoy doing both. Been something I’ve been working through for years now (style)!