The idea for “the Kiss” was born when I saw a photograph of myself showing me with this really long stretched face (I don’t even know how I did it). It didn’t take me long to decide that the illustration needed a frog as counterpart. To keep everyone’s attention on the frog and me, I only colored the frog and myself and kept the background in light gray, yellow and blue tones.
I started the illustration with an ink line drawing on illustration board. On top of the line drawing I applied layers of prisma colors and acrylics. In addition I used dark oil washes on the woman and the frog to get some texture and to intensify the contrast.
1.sketch 2. ink drawing, acrylic & oil washes 3. in progress