Illustration Friday – Return

I’ve been landing up at this site for months. A simple site with a single-minded purpose clear in it’s name – Illustration Friday. They set you a topic, and you can interpret it any way you like. It’s amazing how many artist’s sites I come across seem to be following them.
Well, this is my first time.
This week’s theme is RETURN. And this is the image that popped into my mind almost immediately.
Illustration Friday - return It’s just a sketch, done in graphite and water-soluble color pencil, but I decided to just do it for a change, rather than consider and then re-consider, past the weekly deadline, how to fine-tune it. (Like I did last week).
It’s so easy to get busy. Don’t get me wrong, busy is good. Busy is verrrry good. But sometimes the length of the job list and the over-weighing feeling of ‘busy-ness’ far surpasses what’s actually being achieved. I’m often exhausted at the end of the day. But I have to admit, I’m not doing that much.
To cut a long story short, I’m doing little or no pro-active illustration in spite of setting myself deadlines all the time. So I decided I’d at least try to follow the weekly theme from Illustration Friday like 100s of other artists and see what it does for me. And what I can do for them!
I’m guessing the aim of most artists is more or less the same as mine, a chance to break away from ‘work’ and have some fun, and yet do a portfolio piece that can’t be blamed on a client. I’ve seen some beautiful pieces and very unusual interpretations. I do of course hope, that in future an illustration turns out to be something I can use, or upload to istockphoto, but right now, I’d like to just do one simple sketch, or drawing, or cartoon, or whatever, every week. And something in this setting of a topic appeals to the school girl in me. I just might obey.
Well, let’s see how it goes.

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6 Responses to Illustration Friday – Return

  1. Cindy D. says:

    Welcome to IF! Such a charming little girl with her cute hairband and crazy colorful stripes. A very sweet little scene. Hooray for not over-worrying it! I use IF as one tool to keep at my craft, and to be inspired by all the other artists, and as a bonus it’s helped me build a little community of art blogs that is very encouraging. You get out what you put in, for the most part. 😉

  2. Irin says:

    This is a lovely piece. I love how the little girl’s colorful world just can’t wait to reach the more subdued one of her dad.

  3. Michele Thomas says:

    This is lovely and is my experience as a child. My father travelled extensively. I love your rendering. I am also posting for the first time on IF and have taken it on as a personal challenge, hoping to get creativity back in my life and perhaps produce some lovely images. See you around I hope.

  4. Very sweet! Love her outfit & the joy in her eyes!
    Welcome to IF! I think you’re goal for the weekly exercise in on point! Have fun!!!

  5. Bakerha says:

    I love participating in IF. It’s such a great eicxerse, not only because you produce something new on a regular basis, but also you see what other creative people are doing.I submitted a tiny illustration every week for almost two years in a row and after that now and then and even if I didn’t spend many time on each one, you can tell the difference between the first ones and the last ones. I’ve seen amateur illustrators grow into terrific professionals that I deeply admire today. This is definitely a good way to go.I like you collage a lot, BTW. Great textures and color scheme!

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