BLOBS #71 RESULTS

Welcome back to RESULTS Day!  This week you will find A SLICE OF PIZZA WITH EXTRA CRUST, an ELEPHANT, BABY LOCHNESS plus a slew of other characters.  Even structures are in the mix!  Keep scrolling to find out what special "park" came to life.  Enjoy.

 LEFT (STINKY CHEESE), CENTER (ELEPHANT), AMY's ON RIGHT (CHICK)

LEFT (STINKY CHEESE), CENTER (ELEPHANT), AMY's ON RIGHT (CHICK)

 LEFT (SLICE OF PIZZA WITH EXTRA CRUST), CENTER (ELEPHANT), AMY's ON RIGHT (WINGLESS WIZARD FAIRY)

LEFT (SLICE OF PIZZA WITH EXTRA CRUST), CENTER (ELEPHANT), AMY's ON RIGHT (WINGLESS WIZARD FAIRY)

 LEFT (HOUSE), CENTER (HOUSE), AMY's ON RIGHT (A "D" PLAY STRUCTURE IN A CONCEPTUAL "ALPHABET PARK")

LEFT (HOUSE), CENTER (HOUSE), AMY's ON RIGHT (A "D" PLAY STRUCTURE IN A CONCEPTUAL "ALPHABET PARK")

 LEFT (GIRAFFE LEANING ON A ROCK), CENTER (CHEWY - OUR DOG - YAWNING), AMY's ON RIGHT (BABY LOCHNESS)

LEFT (GIRAFFE LEANING ON A ROCK), CENTER (CHEWY - OUR DOG - YAWNING), AMY's ON RIGHT (BABY LOCHNESS)

I had so much fun with these shapes and one design in particular shouted DEVELOP ME from the get go.  I picked the ALPHABET PARK sketch.

Obviously this is a structure, not a character. But I liked the idea of it breeding characters.  Even a fantastic Alphabet book kind of story came to mind!

How did it all begin?  My first design was actually the head of a rabbit (I erased it away eventually), with his ears blowing back.  Not quite sold on my character, I decided to take another look.  Away from my studio and without my BLOB sheet, I recalled the outline and ended up sketching on the back of a receipt...

The original shape ended up rotating, and getting a hole popped into it...

making it look like a D.  But what on earth could I do with a D?   Turn it into a play structure - ofcourse!  How fun would it be if my "D" was part of an ALPHABET PARK?  I googled to find out if one even existed but, nothing!  I did come up with a list of the 50 Best Playgrounds and got sucked in even further...I found a park in France that featured a giant wooden like whale structure.  There's also a Japanese-inspired woven willow sandpit at Vienna's Museum Quarter.

Back to my design.  I erased my Bunny Head and did a play structure concept sketch...

On to fine tuning.  If I was going to have a "D" theme I wanted to make the materials/details also start with a "D".  This,  could have gone on forever.  All the possibilities kept spawning more.  I ended up changing quite a few details to keep my D features consistent.

My ladder on the left...couldn't be a ladder anymore.  It evolved into a Dino tail, but didn't seem to fit with the daisy embellishments on the front.  Dandelions came to mind next...what if there was some type of ramp covered in a mini field of dandelions kids could run to the top on?  My design soon turned into a soft meshy kind of blanketed vinyl material that could be pulled and climbed.  I wanted it to look like a carpet of grass with dandelions sprouting off of it.  Here's the design progression...

Almost finished.  All of my girls were placed, but the one sitting in the center, reading, caught my daughter's eye.  Why not make her Draw in the D?  I loved the idea, so - she changed!

Here's a list of all the D details...

The last piece of illustration was the framing, so I planted a beautiful dove tree (also known as the Handkerchief tree) in the foreground.

Thanks for checking in!  The Blob Blog will be taking a break for a few weeks due to heavy duty picture book making.  Please follow me on Twitter or Facebook to find out when they will kick back off.  Story progress will be posted there as well.  Until then...keep creating!