More birds today… of the ‘hunting and pecking’ variety. If this dude looks a little familiar it’s probably because he also posed for ‘ A Spot of Tea ‘. Although this time I drew him perched on a typewriter. So… there is that.
Grady Tripp (narrating): “So there it was. Somewhere in the night, a Manhattan book editor was prowling the streets of Pittsburgh; best-selling author at his side, dead dog in his trunk.”
– Michael Douglas – Wonderboys
About this image: digital media – vector art created with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
This is a brilliantly finished first draft! Love the retro feel. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Thanks so much, P&K!
As you’ve probably noticed I’m a pretty big fan of retro myself!
Jolly good, Robert. I like the diagonal composition and that bird is so cute. 🙂
Thank you very much, S.E.!
It’s kind of funny I haven’t tried this before! That little bird is a Halloween decoration and he sits on my wife’s old typewriter just like that!
I just want to reach in and play with the bird and the typewriter. I think I must be channeling my cats.
I’ve got a Tweety and Sylvester type image in my head, now!
Black, white and blue – great combo
Originally it was straight black and white…
but since I never seem to use much color I gave that a try at the last minute.
Thank you so very much, N.M.!
Blue and black is interesting color. I remembered that some people love an old typewriter. It’s still expensive.
Thank you very much, sir!
I think that is true… I know my wife really likes them! And I have heard that many other people do, too! Probably a bit like the fondness I have for old cameras, I guess.
Excellent work you have done there on that typewriter…you got every detail just perfect, Sig. But so it the bird…okay, the whole thing. As always I’m taken with your fantastic work. Love too that is black and white on blue.
You know, that bird looks like he has something to say about that first line typed. What does it say?
Oh, thank you very much, Deb! Sometimes I really like sticking with b/w to create images in illustrator because it seems to give them a real graphic quality – but it does mean I wind up taking a lot of liberties with the image, too – so I’m very happy to hear you like this!
The line is ‘a first draft’ – it’s nearly impossible to read at this scale (even for me and I’m the one who put it there)! Not sure what the bird is about to say, though!
Simple, bold and well… brilliant!
Thanks so much, Astra!
Every now and then I work up the ambition to give Illustrator a try!
You always pick the best lines to go with your artwork – great job!
Thanks so much, Peg! I’ve been meaning to use something from ‘Wonderboys’ for a while now, but it really seemed to go fit the subject matter here.
Have you actually seen all the movies you quote from or do you just have a quote book?
Hahaha… believe it or not I’ve seen them all. I always have to look-up the quotes just the same though. My memory usually isn’t up to the challenge of getting it quite right. At this point I consider myself lucky if I can remember a scene that somehow comes close to relating.
Quothe the raven, “Never more.” 😀
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a
The bird looks very contemplative. He’s deep in thought. Kind of how I look when I’m trying to write a “first draft.”
Kind of how I look when I write a attempt to pen one simple sentence!
I hope that bird ain’t gonna poop all over your work or you might have to quote Alfred Hitchcock 🙄
Bring in the hose!
Another awesome artwork! 😀 Love it!
I’m so happy to hear that, Cristina! Thank you very much for your continued support!
Beautifully executed. I found this piece particularly eye-catching.
Thank you very much, sir!
I was hoping the super-high contrast would provide a bit of a visual ‘pop’… seems like I let color fade away around here quite a bit.
That fabulous blue highlights the b & w so well. I love how you always take a simple idea and add your own spectacular fizz to it!
Thank you so much, Ms. K!
Originally this one was straight B/W… but it seemed like a good place to infuse a bit more color into things (which I need to remind myself to try out every now and then)!
Thanks so much, Eden!
I love the way his head is cocked as though he is trying to picture what comes next in the story. Very cool, indeed.
He reminds me a bit of myself in that way!
Thanks so much, Red – you are always very, very kind!
LOVE. Especially the contrast between colors. There’s something so great about black & blue. (As long as it’s not a bruise!)
Thank you so much, Dishy!
Hahaha… I hear you! I’ve managed to bruise myself into some fairly interesting color combinations on more than one occasion!
I LOVE this one…my new favorite!
Thank you so much, Patti!
I even managed to introduce a bit of color this time (I was kind of proud of myself for that)!
And you did a great job with the color, too! You should be proud.
Aw, thanks, Patti!
That is so very kind of you to say!
super cool! i like
Thank you so much!
Great detail, and a really nice graphic art quality to this image. But what is it that the bird is perched on?
Many thanks, sir!
Hahaha… I still haven’t entirely figured that part out… seems like there should be a screen attached… or at least a few cords… a very strange contraption!
I think it’s official title is ‘the paper holder flappy part’. I think it’s job is to keep the paper propped up while you type (so you can read what you wrote).
OH! YEAH! I always get that confused with the other partie thing!
a little foreshadowing here, Inky?? You workin’ on something new???
Always working on some random thing or another…
the title of this was a bit misleading, though… I just thought it sounded interesting. Of course it was pretty late (or early) at the time, too!
Excellent work my friend your idea is great here , thanks for sharing Bob 🙂
Thank you very much, Jake!
I seem to be doing quite a few bird things lately.
Great , its really a fantastic idea .
That is very, very kind of you to say!
Thank you so much!
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I love this! Wouldn’t mind this on a t shirt, great work as always 🙂
Thank you very much, Mr. H!
Color’s of Twitter? Nice. 🙂
I hadn’t caught that, Mel!
perhaps it was inspired by something in 140 characters of my subconscious…
I just love those little, old fashioned typewriters ;)I have a cute one, so I especially like what you did with this image.
-and it would make a great refigerator magnate, as well.
Thanks so much, Spectra!
Very cool! This one was modeled after my wife’s old L.C. Smith and Bro’s…
I’ve taken a few photos of parts of it before, but for some reason this is the first time I’ve played around with it in Illustrator.
Wow – I had thought it was drawn, not photo-shopped (or whatever ya call it). Nice work.
Well, you really weren’t too far off, Spectra… it is drawn… in a way. Not a Photoshop and/or Illustrator filtered image or anything like that. There are ways to get similar effects with filters, but this was ‘hand drawn’ on the computer with the drawing tools in Illustrator – MUCH more control of the results that way… a bit more time consuming, though (although that’s also part of the charm, I think).
I need more toys like that – I only have microsoft Paint, and it’s too limiting. I need more enhancement for my Etsy shop photos, as I see other artists doing cool things that I am clueless about. Any suggestions? Keeping in mind that I’m an idiot…do you go buy Illustrator or may be Adobe and load it in your computer with a disc?
No worries, Spectra (although I’ll probably only tell you thing you already know)!
Both Photoshop and Illustrator are Adobe products and they can be purchased either together (in various bundled combinations) or separately (Photoshop, at least). You pay for the disk (mine came on DVD – which was an additional challenge as my computers DVD drive hasn’t worked in eons – but that’s another story) or I think you can also pay for a download (although in my rampant paranoia I always want a disk if I’m paying for it). And PAYING for it is probably the biggest limiting factor. Adobe is EXPENSIVE! That’s why I’m still running CS3 (I believe they’re up to CS6 now). If, however, you are a student or a teacher there is a very, very substantial discount available (only an arm rather than an arm AND a leg). My wife was teaching at the time we picked up CS3 or else it wouldn’t have happened.
All that being said, I know there’s other software out there that does many similar things, but to tell you the truth I’m very unfamiliar with anything other than Adobe (which I use all the time – almost every day), so unfortunately I can’t help you very much there, either.
Wow – talk about using a lot of words to say very little! Sorry about that, Spectra!
Thank You – I have no products,bells or whistles and I had figured it was expensive. Like you, I need the physical disc, that way I have it when I upgrade my computer someday. I’ll check it out and next time I make a couple big sales maybe I’ll look into it. After all the bills get paid and things get fixed, etc.
I hear that, Spectra!
At least everything is cheap these days, right?! It really is an amazing piece of software, though… I really do use it almost every day, and I don’t even put a scratch in it’s capabilities.
This is great! I was just using Illustrator for basically the first time to re-do my Ettible logo in a scalable format and was talking with the co-worker teaching me to use it about how haaaaaaard it is to use. So yes, I’m impressed. The 3-Dness of the keys is striking. /pun
Ah, you’ll get used to it in no time, U.M.
It’s kind of like Photoshop in that it can do a billion things, but once you learn where all the stuff is you use most it’s not too bad. Kinda time consuming (for me, anyway), though. I suspect a tablet might help with that, though.
Love this! Really striking!
I really like this creation, SIG! Your talent knows no bounds.
Thank you so much, Ms. D!
You are always very kind!
To you, maybe. Not to my kids. Ha! Kidding. Um. I think.
I’m sure your entire family would disagree with that, Ms. D!
Your vector work, is as usual, stellar. The stark beauty of the typer’s underpinnings was captured perfectly with your fine economical use of the detail.
My only question is if the bird is from a different source photo as it seems to (only minorly) conflict the len’s distortion of typewriter source photo (if it was a source photo).
Again, this isn’t a critique– I love the tilt of the bird’s head as if he’s looking at the author whose eye-level is at a higher plane than your audience.
Thank you very much, sir!
A fair question – no worries! The answer if kind of funny, though – because this is one of the few times all the objects I drew were in the same source photo. I usually am missing one piece or another, but the bird is a Halloween decoration that has taken up a permanent perch on my wife’s old typewriter (which also makes if kind of funny I haven’t tried this before). Anyway, I do see what you are saying… he does almost look as if he could be a tiny bit skewed, doesn’t he?
I chuckle to think of all the youngin’s who might see this image and have NO IDEA what that contraption is!! Well done!
I imagine it being a bit like the scene in Zoolander where the guys are trying to figure out the computer…
only in reverse.
I like the combination of bird and typewriter. My mind wandered… thinking of the writer typing away, while the bird keeps him company every day…
Thank you so much for such a kind comment! If that bird was on my typewriter he’d have to do a lot of talking! ‘Okay, guy… what do I type next. And now what? And now?’
Thank you for stopping by, ARToinet!
I absolutely love this…Crows rock!!! and typewriters! 🙂
I’m so happy to hear that, Mary, thank you!
This little scene actually exists in our apartment (the little bird is an old Halloween decoration who stays permanently perched on my wife’s old typewriter), so it’s kind of funny I haven’t tried this before!
Yes we have lots of crows/ravens and old fashioned writer related gear around here. I take full responsibility. Lol.
Hahaha… yeah, I guess this one might not have happened if that wasn’t the case.
This is brilliant SIG
I used to have one of
those old typewriters
but it was just soooo
I shouldn have kept it though…
Brilliantly added as always SIG 🙂
I know EXACTLY what you mean, Andro!
This one is modeled after my wife’s old typewriter, and I’ve never weighed that thing, but it’s SUBSTANTIAL! I always forget just how heavy that thing is until I finally work up the motivation to dust under it (or decide I need a reference photo of it for an art project)!
Wonderful artwork… amazing, as always
You are always very kind, Nigel – thank you, sir!