Sunday, February 25, 2007

Illustration Friday: Communication

Communication has a long and complicated history. How to get something so transient in an image? I've just read Scott McCloud's UNDERSTANDING COMICS and REINVENTING COMICS ( He talks about Egyptian hieroglyphs and tomb paintings as early "comics." Regardless, they were a form of both written and pictorial communication at the same time. So I'm trying to portray how communication reaches both backwards and forward in time. (Plus I think Egyptian art is really neat. Seeing the "Palette of Narmer" in the Cairo museum is still one of those stand out moments in my life.)

And just to prove the mind boggling array of the web, I got a hieroglyphic translation for "Once upon a time" from this web site:

Friday, February 16, 2007

Illustration Friday: Gravity

I'm not completely over the theme of spilled liquid yet. I started with the child and something was missing. Guess I still feel out of control in my own relationship to gravity.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Illustration Friday: Crash

When I read this week's topic the first thing that came to mind was the image of water crashing to the floor. Probably not a typical reaction but I'd just received word that the vacant house we are trying to sell in another state had been seriously flooded. Somehow (still unknown) someone had stopped up the sink, turned on the tap full blast and left it running.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Illustration Friday: Sprout

This was an interesting topic. Once it took root in my mind it continued to grow...and grow. I started with the pretty typical concept of a sprouting tree. This then blended with how my son is being taught to organize his ideas for writing in school using a story tree. And then I thought about the thought process behind creating a story. So I also took this as an illustration challenge to create a character and try to keep that character consistent through a range of expressions. Harder than I thought! Any advice?