Art created for the weekly illustration challenge site, IllustrationFriday.com. This is my take on the subject Wrapped.
Wrapped started with the octopus. I liked the idea of using its out-jutting tentacles as a framing device for the picture. I considered using a modern day diver, or an unfortunate swimmer as his victim, but I couldnt shake the feeling that I was making the picture more mundane than required. Since there were no restrictions (and Im already using a monster octopus) why not delve completely into the realm of fantasy, and make its victim into a mermaid?
There you have it. Shes wrapped.
I consciously limited the palette and degree of brushwork in this piece, modifying my painting style to match up with the sort of quick-turnaround work seen in magazine spot illustrations. I was shooting for two days, but the work took a little longer than expected maybe 2.5 days in total.
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For more on octopi, heres an amazing video, featuring narration by good ole David Attenborough. [link]
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Sketched on a half page of 9x12 Strathmore Sketch paper. Finalized and painted in Photoshop CS 3.
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