Wednesday, March 12, 2008

IF: Garden



This is for the Illustration Friday "Garden" topic. Funny how a word can transport you back in time when you really start thinking about it. My mom used to let me grow potato plants in jars on our window sills as a kid (bless her, cause they start to stink after awhile). They grow pretty quickly so I used to get really excited to look at them each day when I got home from school to see the progress. Then at night my mind would wander beyond the science of things and imagine the little people that showed up during the day to water the vines while I was away at school.

So this is the illustration I came up with after that thought... I welcome your feedback. Thanks!

Medium: pencil / digital color

Prints: signed and numbered (16x20 and 8x10) available through RAWTOASTDESIGN.

This print is also available through Etsy.

24 comments:

nessadee said...

I love this concept! It's so imaginative and quirky.

KarinaCocq said...

que sorpresa, un señor sembrando sobre una papa...o es una palta?...me encantó.

saludos

Selya said...

ha ha I remember my school project "how to grow a sweet pea":) lovely and cute work!

AnastasiaC said...

this is wonderful!!! very clever

André Gribble said...

Beautiful! Great style, man.
I personally like the cropped one better. Neat idea.

nina seven said...

great illo! I love the style of it and the story behind it. I personally like the cropped version better.

Patrick said...

Great concept, and I love the way you drew it, especially the potato. I prefer the uncropped version myself; great strong vertical with some nice open space above. I did a science experiment when I was a kid, trying to grow various plants in water. It doesn't work for all veggies. Sometimes the results are very, very, awfully bad.

Debra Cooper said...

This is just great. I like the cropped version better. Such a delicate style with the lines and colors.

SLW said...

Yay hydroponics! Fun idea for an illustration.

SENTA said...

This is so lovely, and the story could be a children's book!

Zari said...

lovely illo and very original idea and garden! personally i like the uncropped version better, makes the little guy appear even smaller :)

Paola said...

Hehe! very nice! wonderful story and so well rendered!
I prefer the uncropped one.

elizabeth said...

What nice bit of storytelling art. I prefer the un-cropped version--gives you more of a sense of what you're seeing, and makes the little man all the more little.

Loni Edwards said...

This is so sweet! I remember us kids doing the same thing. I think I grew an avocado or two :) Nice work!

Nicole said...

I like it so much!

rachael said...

what a great idea! i was always trying to grow avocado plants when i was a kid. very inspirational.

Curious Art said...

Wonderful take on the theme, beautifully done as well!

Valaine said...

I like it cropped! This is so imaginative and just wonderful :)
I love your story behind it, it makes it even more charming.

Michelle said...

I'm liking it cropped, it seems to bring more attention to the character. Great concept, and thoughtful memory.

RyanLoghry said...

What a great concept. Very nicely done.

rawtoastdesign said...

Thank you all very much for your comments! Perhaps I'll have to explore the story more and put together a book dummy for ""The Little Man From Potato Island". Feels really great to be illustrating again and I look forward to being a part of this community in the future Fridays to come!

el gran pablinew said...

Nice work!!
I like too much!!

Limoon said...

très poétique et orignal! J'aime beaucoup ^- ^

Murray said...

This is great. Love the story and the drawing. Being a potato farmer is never easy work.