Saturday, December 30, 2006

Illustration Friday: Phoenix

“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.”

-Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


Yeah, well, I got this Wacom tablet for Christmas, and now I've gotta figure it out. So, while I'm figuring and testing it, I'll try different things out on the IF posts. As with a lot of what I do, I find the most difficult thing is figuring out when to quit... so here's sort of an overdone illustration.

And then, below is the post I didn't get done in time for 'peace' last week. Not at all what I had in mind, but I just couldn't get my original idea to quite come together.


So, peace to everyone this last weekend of '06, and here's to the wish that hope for good things will rise up out of the ashes of this battered year.


22 comments:

Kaladda said...

Wacom tablets are fun, I need to practice with mine too! I like the Phoenix looks very powerful! Peace to you too! Happy New Years!

Mike said...

Hey great job on both! Love the colors in Phoenix...a painting I would not mind in my studio! Great Job!

studio lolo said...

I'm laughing at your post where you say "I got this Wacom tablet for Christmas..." because I was just talking to a friend of mine at the gallery and she has a Wacom tablet and I was telling her about some of the IF'ers saying "I just got a Wacom tablet for Christmas..." anyway, I will make a point. I don't understand anything digital but some of this stuff I'm seeing just blows me away. I guess it's just another medium to master, or not, but hopefully one has a blast just in the doing.
I love both of your illustrations. They're right on the money!
I just pray I don't get a hankering to try a Wacom. Could be trouble :/
Happy New Year!

Larry Lee said...

I bought a Wacom Graphire 1 tablet yers ago. I'm pretty sure I also had to upgrade to Windows 98 2nd edition so that the USB connection would work. I am much better working with vector shapes and gradients. Nice work on both of the illos. Lets hope for a more peaceful 2007.
I immedately thought of you when I saw last weeks topic was 'peace'.

Peace from a former IdiotHead.

Tony LaRocca said...

Holy poop on a stick! That is... wow. Extremely powerful work, my friend. Have a happy new year!

Jeannette said...

i like both of these. very good. im not sure what you did in tablet or not, i never really used one of those. but, keep at it!

Amy Zaleski said...

I knew you would do something cool for "phoenix," and you did! Great to see new work from you - keep it up!

Valeriannah said...

Welcome to the wacom world! I love the vibrant colors and highligting of your Phoenix.

michael dailey said...

wellll if u got one then maybe i should get one lol after all ihave been thinking about it for a few months now. just not sure if id be able to learn it. but these are both prove that maybe i should. good stuff as usuall and good to see u still posting

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Thank you for the quote... Happy new year.

PaulSketch said...

Happy New Year Twiss!! I like the phoenix illustration, good luck with the Wacom!

HARDWAX said...

I look at your Phoenix and think; beautiful, polished and inspired. I am always wowed!
Your illo for peace reall says it all, a human being wanting, desiring peace, but the aweful reality of these times and past times in this troubled world. Inspired!
Happy New Year

ValGalArt said...

Once again your art compells to look closer and longer for all the detail and meanings! I love the movement in this and you seem to be getting the hang of this wacom thing! Both are strong with your spirit, Have a beautiful New Year Twisselman!!!

Wilnara said...

I too, work with a Wacom tablet. It amazes me what you can create and how there are so many possibilities and various levels of results.

I have always love the rich layers you create with your images whether using simplicity, texture or rich colors you always evoke interest from your viewer! Happy New Year!!!!

Dave M! said...

Nice work, but I think the Peace drawing is the strongest of the two. And don't apologize for running out of time during the HoliDaze. Life happens.

Stuart Wade said...

Thats cool man. I also just got a Wacom tablet for christmas. Intuos3, 6 x 11. Check out my IF post i did this week with the tablet. Keep the wacom paintings coming.

Michelle Lana said...

great work!

steve said...

Best wishes to you with the Wacom and especially with your 2007. Wonderful double feature here. Let's hope for the best in the '07.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Yea Twisselman! What a cool image! Actually it's HOT, not cool. I love the lime green acents, that really works. Lots of great energy!

scribblesk said...

Bedazzling! Love the compexity of the first and the simplicity of the second! Have an incredibly peace filled new year and enjoy your Wacom!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Peace to you, and Happy New Year! Wonderful vibrant colors on the Pheonix and I love the perspective of the peace sign. I LOVE my Wacom tablet, I am sure I do not use it to it's full potential, but it helps my shoulder from not hurting! Look forward to your 2007 artwork!

tiffinix said...

The phoenix is gorgeous - rich melting colors and lines. I love it.