Thursday, September 20, 2007

Little Experiments

ow if this works correctly (and I can see that it doesn't, quite) the decorative initial to the left should lead the eye right into the meat of this-here text. Howard Pyle (the great grandfather of American illustration) was a master at this kind of thing. Me, I just woke up wanting to draw a Pan. Here (below) is a larger version, as well as the unedited version so you can see that, to my shame, I just pasted the letter N in with photoshop:





If Howard Pyle were alive he would probably bash me in the head with the two-by-four of artistic justice.

10 comments:

anna said...

ciao Ben, i like it!
Here is page of our little, little, little editor house
http://www.piccolacasaeditrice.org/
Happy weekend everybody!

Eric Orchard said...

I think Howard Pyle would be very pleased with this.

Anonymous said...

Looks awesome, Ben!

By the way, thanks for putting up a link to the Update on the side.

Domo!!!

--Nick-Dog

Ben Hatke said...

Grazie, anchora, Anna!

No problem N-D! I've been meaning to comment on your recent blog entry, by the way...

Eric Orchard, you're AWESOME! I just visited your site and your work is REALLY GREAT!

Eric Orchard said...

You're AWESOME Ben ! Thank you so much, Your work is really phenomenal. Can I link up your blog to mine? I'm curious about the Pax thing too. I'm also a teacher at a Catholic school.

Ben Hatke said...

That's be great, Eric. Hey, when you get a minute send me an e-mail at ben (at) househatke.com

Annie said...

Your work is wonderful:)

Ben Hatke said...

Wow, I am on a role with meeting talented illustrators through this blog! Annie, I really like your work and your place in Alaska looks really beautiful! Now that I think of it, I'm sure I've noticed your work on Illustration Friday before...

I'm going to post a link to your site and to eric's on my sidebar.

WondrousPilgrim said...

ben: i like it, but I think you should make PAN sit in the left corner, not the right, so that they N is in the right, and therefore, it's easier to make the connection to the body of text.

I think it is a delightful illustration, though. :)

Ben Hatke said...

you're right, of course. Good call.