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Last-day-of-the-holidays Doodles (experiments with blobs part 9)

Here are some final blob doodles to mark the end of the school holidays and back to work tomorrow (not to mention the piles of washing). I painted some more spiky blobs this time thinking that they might do well for some more birds, just for fun. The curvy spikes have served well in most cases as wings and beaks.

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The colours did not work very beautifully on this one. But here is a little Carnivore Bird Thing finding his legs… or his dinner.

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This is another Little Carnivore. I like his colours much better.

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Little Duck Thing with Big Feet. (This blob is really very small.)

parent trouserbird judywatsonart lores

With all those babies, it’s only fitting to have a Mumsy kind of bird. This is a Mummy Trouserbird. She is waiting for her babies to catch up, but they are not very quick on their feet.

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This is a Daddy Pyjamabird. He’s getting up for a midnight snack. (note: At night a Trouserbird is called Pyjamabird.)

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This is a Trouserbird wearing a parachute.

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This is a Preposterous Thing. what can I say? He is lucky to be anything, considering that not long ago, he was merely a blob.

walrussy thing judywatsonart loresThis is a walrussy thing. He may be depressed due to the fact that his tusk is coming out of the wrong place and causes him discomfort.

 

 

Bird Blobs

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Lunch break bird blobs.

Felt tip, watercolour pecking and white acrylic flecking.

Experiments with Blobs (part 4)

Here are some of the coloured blobs from a week ago.

An assortment of mutts, birds and abominations.

First the mutts.

girly mutt

Sickeningly Girly Mutt

glum scruffy mutt

Disappointed Mutt

little mutt

Cheery Puppy Mutt

miserable mutt

Gloomy Mutt

sniffing mutt

Sniffy Mutt

wirey mutt

Wiry Mutt

Then the birds

cheery bird

Cheery Bird

moulting bolting bird

Moulting Bolting Bird

silly bird

Silly Bird (Hugo’s favourite)

silly owl

Opera Owl

And a few Abominations

strange snail

Salvador Snail

strange piggy

Political Pig

bunny in a box

Bunny in a Box

Journeys with Birds – playing with colour

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The mad colour theme continues this evening. It’s the last day of the school and Easter holidays proper. (Although the school has a curriculum day tomorrow so the boys will be home for one more day.)

This is another bit of playing around for the 52 Week illustration Challenge. It’s not a very serious endeavour and I didn’t try to make anything perfect. I think it’s great to have the chance to do this every now and then, because the pressure is definitely on to get the paid work perfect. (By this I mean that I pressure myself, not that author, editor or anyone else pressures me.) So this kind of play is quite enriching and definitely relaxing. Although the red version was the one I posted, I think it’s the one I like least now.

This is probably more interesting if you see the original daggy drawing (below) that I manipulated into the book covers, with an hour of twiddling in PhotoShop and then Illustrator. Although I drew this unremarkable little bird doodle, even I have trouble seeing the resemblance between the original and the resulting bird. It’s like that shameless re-making that advertisers do with fashion models.

But I do appreciate the flexibility of the software tools I have to hand, especially now that I have plenty of good paint-and-mess time at the drawing board as well. I miss it badly if I’m not getting messy in the paint.

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