This week, I decided to try out a variation of the cut-paper technique that I've been using for every IF word since I started. In fact, it's a combination of the technique that I used for the "monster re-draw" project and cut-paper. I think it turned out rather well, although it took up a big chunk of the weekend. As usual all pictures are clickable links to larger versions.
Heather was so enthusiastic about this design that I decided to add it to my CafePress store as well: Direct link.
Another reason I added it is, since I'm now having to pay a monthly fee for my store, it would be nice if I could sell enough per month that it wouldn't actually cost me anything. Here's hoping.
For those interested in a deconstructed view, here are three stages of development that "Tea?" went through:
Stage 1: At this point I was planning on working entirely in black & white. I also, with the exception of the head, sketched everything out in advance.
Stage 2: Most of the shapes have been dropped in, with the exception of the cat. I've also added a spot of color in the splashing tea and in the word balloon. This is when I really started to kick over the thoughts about doing it in color.
Stage 3: Much like the bigger chunk of The Wizard of Oz, I decided to switch to color. The fellow with the big hat is mostly finished at this point, however I realized that his right leg was just wrong. Oh, sure, there's probably lots wrong, starting with the hands, but the leg was unacceptably wrong. So I fixed it to my satisfaction for the final.
Annnnd here's one as just the cut-paper shapes:
And one as just the lines:
Golly gee what fun, eh?
As ususal, even after it's "done", there are things I would like to change or add. I could pick at it for a month and still not be entirely happy.
Tomorrow I hope to have my six-year-old daughter's drawing of "Tea" to share. I also had another idea for "Tea" that I planned on making, however I had a request from the art director at Dark Recesses waiting for me this morning asking if I could illustrate a story for the next issue by Friday. I said I could. Now I have to see if I can.