Alligator Aviator Illustration (with process screenshots!!)

I’ve been hard at work on a new promotional mailer postcard. Voila! Here it is! If you would like one let me know. I thought this would be a good time to share with you a little of the development of this illustration. How fun! This isn’t meant to be a tutorial, but rather an insight on how I work, and the time involved in putting together an illustration like this. So, let us begin.

Update 10/9/09: I have decided to include this illustration in this week’s “Illustration Friday”. Topic: “Flying”.

Some initial sketches
Some initial sketches

Final sketch

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Using Live Paint
Once I'm satisfied I expand my live paint groups.

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So there you have it. This general process took me about a couple weeks. If I think of it I’ll post screenshots of the postcards when I get them back from the printer. I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to leave your comments below. I feel like watching Tale Spin now.

9 Responses to Alligator Aviator Illustration (with process screenshots!!)

  1. Let me begin by saying I have been a longtime fan, but this is my first comment. I thought I should probably say thanks for posting this piece (and all your others), and I’ll be back!

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