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 ( http://www.scottmccloud.com/) 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: http://webperso.iut.univ-paris8.fr/~rosmord/nomhiero.html

5 comments:

ElizT said...

very nice.

Michelle Lana said...

Cool!

Nicole Brekelbaum said...

I'm impressed with how you handled this week's theme especially how you carefully reproduced the wall pictorial on the scroll. I also like the reddish complexion you've chosen for the young character since it makes things look very authentic. About the only thing I'd change is to try to draw the viewer's eye upwards by darkening the reddish color at the stool. Right now it matches the complexion of the boy. Great work!

the enigma said...

nice work and great observation.

Halloweenville said...

wow great work