Jan 20, 2010

Little red fox

A quick illo for this week's theme on Illustration Friday: wilderness.
I grew up in Sicily, where my parents moved when I was very little. Bright sunlight, colorful flowers and olive trees everywhere. And the sea, of course... As soon as I turned 16 I had permission to spend the summer holidays by myself and where I wanted. Ironically, the only place I wanted to be was the mountains, the woods and quiet landscapes of the Dolomites.
This week's "lucky fluke" is this incredible 4-texture combo I found for the background. I know I'll use this again. Sleepy Hollow comes to my mind. Staying up late sometimes leads to positive results!

43 comments:

Og from the Og Blog said...

Beautiful. I love the orange fox against the slate background. The rest of your illustrations are very nice too. You've got a great style going.

~Og from the Og Blog (ogblog.enchantstudios.com)

Susan Beth Studio said...

Beautiful textures and colors, fox is looking pretty sly too! Sounds like you've had a very interesting life!

Heather said...

Absolutely lovely! Red Fox are one of my favorites!

Dayle's Painted Diary-Dayle Dodwell said...

Lovely textures and design.

Alicia Padrón said...

Oh this is beautiful!!!!!!! I love it :o)

Stel.la said...

A really pretty red fox!!

Zlatica said...

Great contrast - great painting.

ArtSparker said...

Beautiful and very successful color combo.

Oksancia said...

Wonderful illustration! Really love the texture!

dthaase said...

beautiful work - love this

Manola said...

E' bellissima Gaia! La piccola volpe risalta perfettamente sullo sfondo e il contrasto che si crea è decisamente delizioso! Mi piace molto la texture! La rende.. un po' old illustration! Che io adoro!! ♥ Bravissima come sempre!! Un grande abbraccio!

Amanda said...

Great work! That texture is really awesome.

cally jane studio said...

Beautiful illustration :)

Aspa said...

Wonderful illustration, I specially like the way you used the contrast and the texture. Loved the fox!

happychinchilla said...

Wonderful textures and colors.
The fox is really sexy :)

Valerie Lorimer said...

Gorgeous illo! Enjoyed reading your story too.

astoriadesigns said...

VERY beautiful! i love the colors! i LOVE foxes. :)

elizabeth said...

Beautiful! Love the simplicity

Tracey Miller said...

Just lovely! Very nice textures, and I really like the brilliant orange of the fox against the more muted background.

April said...

Very delicate details. Love your color combination. Great job!

Cyn Narcisi said...

Fantastic use of negative space. I'm enamored with this fox!

adam taylor said...

Love the textures and glow inside the fox! Great Illustration

Miss J said...

Beautiful colors and composition! I also love the look on the fox's face.

justdoodleit said...

Really nice color combo...and I always feel that Italy has the most magically lit skies.

tanaudel said...

So very charming! I particularly like the ferns - almost negative space, and all silvery.

krisztina maros said...

wonderful!!

pilarcat said...

Beautiful, I love how you did with the textures and colors. And I like the fox's expression, it likes she's thinking of something mischievous (in a sweet way though :-)

The Green Telephone said...

Great style and lovely choice of colors!

hollander said...

Great style!

Nicky Linzey said...

Beauutiful - I love the tree and the expression on the little fox's face

michael robertson said...

gorgeous piece!-I love the atmosphere you've created with those trees and delicate ferns.

roberta baird said...

This is terrific Gaia! You have a wonderful way with color and your style is so appealing!!!

Sweet Pea said...

This is wonderful! I love the contrasting colours and textures :)

Regina Mako said...

Really cute, everyone says my dog looks like a fox... but I think this fox looks like my dog.

xenos said...

can see this as a children's story already...

Carmen Saldaña said...

I didn´t know your blog and it has been a great discovery!
I love your style, so If you don´t mind, I have linked you in my blog.
This fox is truly amazing, I love him. The whole illo is fantastic but the fox...it´s wonderful.

:-)

Gaia said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments and support. It's very very much appreciated! :)
I'll catch up with each and every one of you during the weekend. I've seen several blogs I didn't know of and want to add to my reader.

Faruffa said...

Gaia è bellissimo, le texture danno molta armonia, le felci bianche sono superbe e la volpina è deliziosa con quello sguardo un pò furbo un pò languido i colori sfumati che danno proprio l'idea del pelo ... come fai a ralizzare tutto questo "quick" !?
ciao Vitti :o)

sketched out said...

I certainly have to agree with everyone about the color... it is wonderful!!! The little fox really pops off that background color. As well he should too, because he is sensational!

eLiSa said...

Complimenti Gaia! sei davvero bravissima,le tue illustrazioni mi piacciono un sacco!!! Posso aggiungere il tuo link al mio blog? ^___^

Josh (musarter) said...

I love your style. It is distinctive and sharp. The paper cut feel really works well.

Cheers-

Ylenia said...

this is sooo cute!!!!
you've got style baby ; )))

love all your illustrations

ciao
Ylenia
http://longuette.blogspot.com

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