Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Detective Barbie & The Curious Cadaver

So lately I've been thinking I need to do more sketches for fun and experiment a little more with different media...it's surprising how easy it is to get used to just doing work and forget about drawing for enjoyment sometimes! For my Digital Illustration class, I also needed a drawing that I could demonstrate Photoshop color flatting & line color on. A few calligraphic brush experiments later--viola!




I thought it would be fun to go for the style of a 50's/60's Nancy Drew/Pulp Detective book cover. She ended up reminding me a little of the old vintage barbie dolls, and hence the title of this post. :)

7 comments:

B.Wallz said...

Don't you mean KALIgraphic brush strokes.

:P

Very nice stuff, I love the looseness. Mind if I stop by the class sometime?

Dignon said...

Ooooo. The illustration is sinister and spooky looking. My guess is she finds a locked door, opens it with the key and voila -- Viola has an adventure.

From top down, it looks like you just progressively desaturated the color in the image? I'm sure there is more to it than that. If I had been lucky to take your class, I'd be more edumacated, haha.

Megan Russell said...

Not going to lie, Kali, I think this is one of my favorite pieces you've ever done. Theres something about it that made me go, "well shit!" the second I saw it.

So grungy and beautiful.

Erik said...

Soooooooo good! Been following your blog for a while now, and I just had to say that this absolutely gorgeous!

Reed Bond said...

I like the pulp feel and all the texture. It's interesting to see such a muted color pallet. Great values and interesting composition. Huzzah for personal projects!

Ryan Cecil said...

Man the black and white one is real nice.

Niv Bavarsky said...

Ack, dig this a lot! The B&W version especially.