Jan 1, 2007

Illustration Friday - Phoenix



The Russian folk tale of the firebird - I'm a sucker for fairy tales and such. Anyhow, it started out watercolor, but I ended up finishing the colors and adding the tree bark in photoshop. Lately I've gotten tired of looking at a computer screen, so here's to getting back to paints and all that jazz in '07...

Speaking of which, Happy New Year to everyone!!!

*Alex Steinweiss - Produced a ton of album art throughout the 40's and 50's that's just amazing. His use of color and lettering are top-notch. Scroll down past the diagrams of the die-cuts for the really neat stuff.

*Ah Yun Julia Jung's textiles show at FIDM

17 comments:

Liz Jones said...

I love this. The Firebird(both folktale and Stravinsky's version) is one of my favorites! Well done!

Keely said...

Ditto exactly what liz said! I like your Firebird and Stravinsky's, too. :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely. I really like the firebird. The ideas with the girl's dress and the tree bark are also great.

marcisenders said...

It's really beautiful! I love the style and combination of techniques! I am a sucker for any piece with text in it.

Laura said...

lovely work, great details and color - aren't fairytales magical? enjoy getting back into your paints and happy new year!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! I love the vintage look it has.

Anonymous said...

this is very nice. you are a gifted illustrator.

Anonymous said...

U always come up with beautiful surprises! This one is adorable!!!

Happy New Year to u too, Abi :)

Anonymous said...

beuatifully done like th eway u did the tree

Anonymous said...

I really like the feel of this. Nice design as well. Lovely.

the enigma said...

hoo really beautiful..! love it.

Michelle Lana said...

beautiful work!

Christiane said...

Fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to comment because I say the same thing each week. But then I thought, I never get tired of nice words...so...it's beautiful!

emila said...

Oh...this is very pretty! I love everything about it!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

gorgeous! I love her traditional costume and the wordy tree.