Friday, February 11, 2011

Illustration Friday - "Sweater"

I've illustrated a fair number of sweaters in my day, but these are some of my favorites - especially the gal in green.

(click to see them a bit bigger)


These were done with Polychromo colored pencils on illustration board. They're the front and back view of the same scene - get it? Actually there's one tragic flaw in it that I didn't realize until it was all done. I know I shouldn't point that out, but in case anyone sees it, I want you to know that I'm aware, thank you very much.

I've been fiddling with some water soluble colored pencils, so will post about that in a few days. I'm in a "trying to figure out THE perfect medium/technique" sort of quest, the best of all worlds, and the water pencils are my newest 'thing'. Actually I've had this set of Faber Castells forever, and had decided I didn't like them for some reason way back whenever, so banished them to the bottom of the colored pencil pile. With the Inktense. And Graphitints. But I fished them out and think now that they might hold some promise. I'll let you know ...



22 comments:

Sarah Melling said...

I actually thought of your work when I saw the topic, as you have so many beautiful knit-related subjects. I love this - was it for a children's book or just for fun? I want to know the story of these mice!

Vicki Smith said...

What beautiful illustrations! Love all the detail.

k.h.whitaker said...

oh, love these, their outfits are really wonderful and creative

Caroline said...

Super - love the detailed stitches!

Gin said...

Well, now I've stared at it for an hour and still can't find the "flaw". Looks pretty damn perfect to me. (spill!)

Leen Christens said...

Lovely work and interesting to see them from the backside.

Linda Hensley said...

Very cute!

poppylocke said...

I love all their outfits, and the lovely soft colours!

lil kim said...

beautiful illo. i can't fault it!

Arild said...

Is it the ear?
It´s beautiful never the less!

Paula Pertile said...

Yes Arild, you win - its the ear. :~) shhh, don't tell anyone.

Missy said...

Such beautiful illustrations, would've never noticed the little opps if it wasn't pointed out, lovely work!

Arild said...

I´m not telling!

Indigene said...

Wonderfully adorable!

Hannah Sommerville said...

I love all the details.

kslaughter said...

Beautiful illustrations! I especially love the modeling on the mice--so soft and realistic. Makes me want to break out my colored pencils ;-)!

Lucy said...

Beautiful! So sweet and delicate x

Kerrie said...

This is amazing (and sooo cute)!! I love your illustration and style! Fantastic work.

Jack Foster said...

Fantastic work Paula! And you really nailed the “cuteness factor” too!

theartofpuro said...

Wonderful illo!Love the characters and colors:)

tusen said...

So wonderful. I love the scene, the colours, the details.

Malka Michaela said...

So so cute!
A friend just gave me watercolor pencil set for birthday. I feel like in a candy-land! Looking forward to try them out.
Your blog is very inspiring and your drawings are very sweet!