Friday, January 16, 2009

Fun New Work!

I've actually been rather busy lately, and look forward to being even busier in the coming weeks (figures - just when the weather warms up!). I wanted to share some of what I'm doing with you all. I'm working on a second style, still similar to my regular stye, but lighter and "sketchier" if you'd call it that. I'm not very comfortable with the process yet, since it's completely different from what I usually do and the sketch is a pain to color. The medium is a mix of pencil & digital. I'd love your input on the look - please let me know how you like it, compared to my other work.
Right before the heat wave (it went up from 40 below zero to 40 above in under 72 hours!), I was working on a spread featuring my Seacats characters. Although the setting of the story is on an island to begin with, I couldn't help but laugh that I live in Alaska, where it's anything but tropical nine months out of the year, and here I am in the dead of winter - 40 below zero outside - illustrating characters on a beach! What wishful thinking that is! Well, at least it helps me stay warm, being on a beach, if only in my mind.

The Seacat named Tattle (left) is always ticked off about something. Every party has a pooper and he's guaranteed to be it in this gang. :)

I hope everyone's having a good start to the new year. With the temperature now in the low-to-mid-30's, I'm having a blast. Went to the store the other night and everyone was in a t-shirt! If only it'd stay like this til summer! But I know that's wishful thinking and it's most definitely not going to happen. 

I look forward to any comments you may have, and thanks for dropping by today! :)


Stephen said...

I like it has nice a feel to it.

Chrissy Fanslau said...

Thanks, Stephen! =)

Roberta said...

The sketchy style looks gives the illustration movement.

Reading further.... I had to chuckle to read that an illustrator in Alaska is wrtiting a tropical story!!!
It's adorable.

Tamara said...

Hey Chrissy, I'm just dropping by to say "Hello" I like the sketch look and the Seacat layout is cute.

Chrissy Fanslau said...

Thanks, Roberta!

Tamara - "Hello" to you too and thanks for the comment. Hope you've been doing well - drop me an email sometime. =)

Steve Novak said...

I like it! I've actually been tinkering with the same look lately - haven't quite got the hang of it yet though. ;)

Chrissy Fanslau said...

Don't I know it, Steve! I'm glad to hear more people like it. Have been working on some of my regular stuff and then I'm going to have to play around with a few more sketchy characters again, if I can find the time. =)