Wendy (here_be_dragons) wrote,

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Garden Alphabet

I stumbled upon a new community yesterday (new to me, I mean): Illustration Friday. Each week, a new topic/prompt is posted, and anyone (all skill levels are welcome) can do some artwork which illustrates his/her idea of the topic, and post a link to it in the community. This week's subject was "Alphabets," and immediately I knew that I wanted to start working on an illustrated alphabet of my own. (Not everyone did something like this, by any means). I had in mind the lovely capital letters drawn by flyingblogspot, but didn't want to blatantly copy her idea. :D So, I thought it would be nice to have a theme (rather than just abstractly fancy letters), and I decided upon "Garden Alphabet." A somewhat pragmatic choice, as it allows me to include plants, flowers, insects and other garden animals. (And I'll probably end up with either a Unicorn or Utahraptor, as organisms beginning with "U" are in short supply; also "X" will be a challenge, although I'll probably "cheat" and go with a Latin name for that letter). Anyhow, I spent ALL DAY (well, on and off, including a trip to the art supplies store) working on a design, and managed to complete exactly ONE letter.

Here it is, in three versions:

My original, in prismacolor marker:

Garden Alphabet: D

My second prismacolor version:

Garden Alphabet: Dv2

Finally, I worked one up in colored pencils, but thought that just pencil was too bland, so I outlined in ink:

Garden Alphabet: Dv3

I like the basic concept, and I think I like the markers better than the colored pencils. Not sure, ultimately, which paper I'll use (I used smooth marker paper for numbers 2 & 3; the colors are brighter and don't bleed - the not bleeding means they have a crisper edge, but large colored areas look splotchier; heavy drawing paper for #1, which has more texture and is not bright white).

Any thoughts about which one of these three you like best? Or which elements of any of them you think look best? Funnily enough, I think now that I've done three that my favorite is the first one, but I'd love to hear other opinions. :)

Oh . . . and in the time it took me to do maybe half of ONE of those drawings, Connor completed an entire garden alphabet of his own, and some of the illustrated letters are amazingly cute (IMO, anyway). Look at "E" for example - how sweet is that?

Connor's Garden Alphabet

Since he didn't label his animals and plants like I did, this seems perfect for holding a contest. See if you can name the subject of each of his letters (you might want to click on the photo to see a larger version at Flickr), and the person (or people, in case of a tie) who gets the most correct will win a piece of original art by Connor (plus something extra from me; not sure what, yet, but I'll think of something nice). He said he'll draw whatever the winner requests. Sound like fun? Sounds like fun to me. :) So, start guessing! Oh, and I'd better screen comments until after the contest is over, so people who come along later can't just build on previous lists.

ETA: We've just noticed that "L" is missing, so don't worry about that one. Also I'm not expecting anyone to get Connor's "X" - it's not actually a real thing; it's something fictional from outer space (from a very obscure film). If anyone DOES get it, you'll get a Connor drawing just for that. :D

ETA2: We now have a tie in the contest. Both judyserenity and azriona correctly guessed 15 of the letters. (And they didn't both guess all the same ones).

ETA3: We have a new front-runner . . . Nicola, LJ visitor, book lover and homeschooling mom, guessed a whopping 18 correctly!

BTW, I plan to keep the contest open until Tuesday, or possibly Wednesday, to make sure that anyone who is away for the holiday weekend has a chance to play. :)
Tags: artwork, connor artwork, illustration friday

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