The Grumpy Illustrator

Last week has been a bit rubbish to be honest. This resulted in a very rushed, procrastination-induced grumpy cat head. (Badly drawn and incomplete)


However, the week hasn’t been all grumpy cat head! Art-wise it has been very exciting.

There was going to be a blog post on the Skelephant. However, after I wrote it I quickly realised the entire post was merely myself saying “elephants are cool.”

So yeah, they’re pretty cool.

Most importantly, I have been commissioned for a piece of art! My good friend Leslie asked me to redesign his college mascot: Colonel Reb. Scottish-style!

The design was now to include a golf club and a kilt. Not forgetting an outline of Scotland. Now, being half Scottish I saw no problem with this. It was all going hunky-dory when BOOM! A computer had to get involved.


So I did some rough drafts, sketched it out and finished it in pen. This is my normal, hand-to-pencil-to-paper approach. All is well in the world. Although, be sure to look out for parts of the Colonel in the ‘crapola’ section. (Coming soon! Also, apologies for the portrait camera angle!)

For those who know me, you will know computers are not exactly my forte. I can just about stretch to editing a photo in Picasa. So you can imagine my alarm when my boyfriend suggested we ‘digitalise’ the Colonel.

Normally a bit of computing is necessary to upload the images to red bubble, etc etc. I can handle that. This, on the other hand was one heck of a learning curve. Adobe illustrator was involved and everything! I have to thank my boyfriend at this point for helping me and having patience as I learnt about the scary, clicky world of Illustrator.

Things I learnt about Illustrator.
1. You can’t draw a simple straight line.
2. You can’t draw a curved line.
3. You can’t -without first re-drawing the line – (I mean seriously- wtf?) just fill a space of the drawing with a colour. Like you can easily do on Paint.
4. You can’t just reshape a line or a section of the design without having to make a blood sacrifice beforehand.
(At least this is what my boyfriend tells me when he can’t remember how to do any of the above!)

Don’t even get me started on layers. The list goes on. All in all, Adobe illustrator is not ‘Paint’.

But I have to say it looks pretty good. Much better than I thought it would look at anyway. I have learnt so much by doing this design (not to mention my new expansive knowledge about kilts) and perhaps has opened my eyes to new possibilities.


Quote of the day :
“Totally different”
“So much better though”