Eid 2012

As the month of Ramadan is coming to an end , let the Eid celebrations begin ! The crescent of the new month it out . This guy had to go through the trouble of stacking every furniture item he had in the house, but  his hard work paid off , and the glowing new moon is shining  bright in front of him. For this special occasion, I am going to introduce my first Saudi character . Eid ! The rest of the gang are happy to have him around, and they are all still staring at him, and wondering why he is wearing a dress !!!! oho Eid , don’t worry , it’ll take some time but I am sure they already like you ❤

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Happy place…

Every night I would wake up to the sobbing and crying of a little girl , but when I got out of bed , the crying would stop. I thought I finally found a Savannah ghost , they really do exist !! However, I came to discover that it was only ‘ Krayola’  , crying every single night. She wasn’t happy playing on her swing anymore .

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We had a long talk the next day , she said that she  really really wanted a ” shining , sparkly golden crown”  because she’s a princess. That she HATES the color blue, because it makes her cry  . I tried to reason with her at first, and  ignore her cries for a long time, but little girls can be awfully sassy at times, so i finally gave in, and gave her everything she wanted it- I just hope I won’t regret it !! she got her crown , a new colorful dress, and some funky pants. she even got some flowers hanging off her swing.

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Now that Kroyla got what she waned , I wasn’t happy with  a few other elements of this piece , so while she was happy again  playing  on her swing , I went along with doing even more changes  ; the backgrounds, cloud, tress, and some touch ups here and there.

This is what I got :

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I didn’t mean to do all these changes, they just happened ! Actually, the redo is a lot closer to the original concept I had intended.

Kryola is in her happy place now , and no matter what’s going on somehow , the light is shining right above her head,  making her smile .

Vision

Again , it’s been a while since my last blog post ! uhhhh- am I ever going to get better at this !!!! I really really try, but somehow , I’m not the best blogger – BUT ,  I WILL KEEP TRYING ;-).

I just finished an illustration  for HOW design magazine , ( a pretty cool magazine with a lot great illustrations)

The article ” Is your vision a hallucination ? ” , is   about how the success of a business is determined by having a strong vision that acts as a road map as well as a team that works and believes in that vision.  I had to do some warm up stretches to  my ” concept muscle ”  , it was a bit stiff at first , but with the right workouts it started growing again ;-).

Here are the three sketch ideas I submitted:

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HOW liked all my ideas and said to just go forward with which ever i wanted .

Next i did color comps,

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After, I figured out the colors and found my references it was building time … building , building , building…. non stop till this thing was DONE ! I only had a couple days , so i had to get to work.

I started off on the table , but somehow , I kept running out of space and started to expand my work area  ….

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and expand …..

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and then , there was no time to sort through all these papers , so on the floor they went ,

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until, the only place I hadn’t taken over was the kitchen,,,… soooo…. I took care of that problem:

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Luckley , I live with an awesome awesome roommate , friend, and illustrator ( check out her work : NatSuarez.com)  , who did not hate me for this mess but actually joined in the fun and  help  make the mess  :

The machine was done and the pilots ready for take off, now all I had to do was paint the background , snap a couple of test photos , take the actual photo –

Thanks to Natalie and Malina who helped me figure out the photo angles and lend me a couple of helping hands

Thank goodness, the studio is back to normal and Natalie still likes me…. till the next project  :D.