Friday, October 10, 2008

Round Up

It's a hard life, on the slime trail. A shellrider has to keep the ornery snails a'movin', or they'll dry out and just stick where they sit. The longhorn beetles ain't ever much inclined to cooperate, either, and if they figure out the ride's only half armored there's no stopping the havoc. But there's no life like it, travelling free under the grass-colored sky, getting the clattering herds to safe ground before the cold weather hits...it's the best feeling in the world.

Now crossing the salt flats, that's a whole new story...




Further attempts in getting a painterly effect with Photoshop. I love the way this came out, really, but I could just be fooling myself with all the green. You know what would be be cool? A book of really good bug illustrations. Like Audobon for bugs. Any suggestions?

9 comments:

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I love the greens in this!

Gee - I think I've loved everything you've done so far... Wow - impressive!

Mannie Vincent said...

ahhh! Sarah!!! This is fantastic. You did such a great job using just one color! I took an art class wayyy back in middle school and we had to pick just one color for the wholeeee painting. I could never do it. I couldn't get the shades right or anything. I always just took a zero for that assignment.... in other words, I'm totally jealous! As I've said before, you've got major talent (:

<3 Mannie
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Carapace said...

Roseworks: Aren't greens great?;)
Oh, no not praise! However will my hats keep fitting?

Mannie- You really should try the monocolor on your own sometime! Blue, purple, and of course green are all really easy-- red and the warm colors get overpowering fast, IME. Maybe think of it like working in grey?

One of my favorite comics as a girl was Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (I know, I know...)-- all the characters had a single dominant color scheme, and all their clothes, their possessions, the colors of their land, played into it. And of course there's the thing with the Oz books. So I've been thinking about this a long a time;).

TNT2008 said...

This looks great. I like the greens.

Photoshop is on our wish list...

Tulip's Talking said...

Sarah huh? Your work is lovely, I do especially like this one. I must also say that I LOVE the way your write/think...

~Lily

agoodwitchtoo said...

Of course I love the greens :) I also like each story that accompanies your sketches!

TiLT said...

always a pleasure to see your stuff cara...it's funny you mentioned book - I was just thinking as I looked at the sketch that you should make a collection out of these sketches...maybe even a multi paneled display..

love the greens - new color everyday for a bit perhaps?

Sygnet Creations said...

This sketch reminds me of 'The never ending story' I love the color usage and it is very beautiful!!

Carapace said...

TnT- I have Photoshop thanks to my longsuffering computer wizard. He somehow had a LEGAL version of the complete Adobe design suite- I think he just magics them out of thin air.

Tulip-- there's no need to go holding my name against me like that! Darn it, Manni, see what you started?!?;)
I'm glad you like the writing, too. There's a lot of it!

Witchy- of course you KNOW I'm gonna gab!;P Glad you like the green!

Tilt- a collection...I'm thinking about it! Maybe a packet of ACEOs?

A display..I don't know about that! Like a tryptic, maybe? The daily colors aren't a bad idea!

Syg: Yes! I was thinking of the Neverending Story too, and of another artist's portrayal of his giant snail city..it was SO cool, and I don't remember his name. But I like snails.:)