View Full Version : Harold the Elephant

03-18-2008, 10:40 PM
OK....I need suggestions or directions. Harold is going to be a carton type character. When I try to go on from this point I loose all .. well I just loose all. I end up going back to the beginning. I just can't keep his personality when I try to go to the next step with him. ANY help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Julie

D Akey
03-19-2008, 11:15 AM
I think he lost his purple crayon. . . did out Harold.

This is Harold and the green paint tube.

03-19-2008, 11:28 AM
D Akey - Ok I will get a smack on the hand from the hubby for saying this ........ HUHHHHHHHHH?

Is there a purple Harold? I'm so confused. LOL

Hey it's not my fault..... it's the blonde part. Well come to think of it.... that part is my fault. Oh well. LOLOLOL

D Akey
03-19-2008, 06:14 PM
Harold and the PC, er Purple Crayon. (You are on a PC aren't you?)


Famous children's book. He draws fanciful things into reality.

But no more inventive than your good self.

03-19-2008, 07:04 PM
PC? What's that. I live in a tent behind walmart, and go to the libray daily to use their computer.

LOL...... of course I'm on a pc you nutter. And nope I never heard of that book. And here I thought I was well read. LOL

03-20-2008, 03:06 AM
That is some impressive handiwork I must say. Very cute.
Very crafty of you. Hope you can afford all that paint. ha ha. :D
I like it very much. Maybe a little fine tuning
on the eye reflections. ?? or maybe not. It does have the look
of a quilt also. Wouldn't want to ruin that. :D

03-20-2008, 04:04 AM
Well... I guess it would be best to ask what type of look you are trying to achieve. When one asks for direction, the other needs to know where one would like to go with the finished product. Now you made mention that you'd like to make the image a cartoon illustration, which is good. But what type of texture are you trying to create? Do you want to keep the paint tube lines in there as an expressive approach? Are you trying to achieve a 3D looking image by using the tube (like putty on paper)?

Without these answers we'll have to go with personal opinion on determining where we, the viewers of your work, would progress from this point, rather then where you should take it were we trying to work in your style.

As such, were I creating this illustration, I'd continue on by defining the form of the elephant further. I would use the pallet knife to push the paint tube lines (as if it were putty on paper) and try to virtually sculpt the form of the elephant. I'd add new layers and change the "Bump blend modes" to Add or Replace the paint beneath as needed to create depth of form. and play with the different tools on those added layers to see which might be used to give the elephant a nice skin texture. (I had attached an image based on this idea, but I decided to take it down as I didn't want it to distract attention from your thread. If you'd like me to post it here I will, or I could PM you a link to it). (EDIT - At juliediane's request, I have attached my sample image to this post.)

This is only how "I" would go about finishing up the piece. It's not right or wrong, it's just an opinion given to you for ideas, which you may or may not wish to use.

03-20-2008, 01:02 PM
Thank you all much. It was one of those flash ideas . I love elephants. But I prefer the cute adorable kind the most. Someonesane, feel free to post your link here. It won't bother me at all. I attempted redressing Harold again last night and it still didn't please me. Thanks again all.

03-20-2008, 05:07 PM
Hi juliediane,

I've attached the sample image I made to my original post, for you to view. I hope it helps. :)

03-20-2008, 06:02 PM
Thank you, not bad at all.

03-21-2008, 04:25 AM
i like the texture, if you want your character to have more "life" re-work the eyes, ( single white highlights works best )


look at this post about the faces

we as humans look for eyes in everything, from the more defined to the simple dots.

just my thoughts


03-21-2008, 06:16 AM
Thank you Steve, do you mean like this?

03-21-2008, 06:20 AM
Thank you Steve, did you mean like this?

03-21-2008, 04:51 PM
yep the eye's have it :)



04-28-2008, 03:19 PM
What I would suggest is actaully going over the paint tube part with a light pallet knife. I've noticed when you do that, it gives a really nice, glossy effect, and I think that would work out well with this piece. : D

04-30-2008, 11:30 PM
maybe he's fine as he is?