Sunday, March 30, 2008

Illustration Friday: Homage

While I've encountered the word numerous times, especially in regards to artwork paying respect to another artist; I realized I didn't have a personal concept of the word. The dictionary revealed that it has origins in feudalism. As in a vassal would pay homage to his lord. So I guess I'm paying homage here to the roots of the word, and to children's literature which has roots in fairy tales set in the middle ages.
Artistically I can pay homage to my mom, who in her own artistic quest, exposed me to innumerable creative techniques, my grandmother, a portrait artist, and my outstanding art teacher, Cassandra Gordon Harris, who taught me many of the finer points about art (as well as how to peel an orange slice with a knife and fork.) She took me outside my boundaries, sometimes literally (Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands!) Thanks.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Illustration Friday: Pet Peeves

I didn't think I would do an entry this week. I guess I've been successful in eliminating some of my negative thinking, I couldn't think of a single pet peeve off the top of my head. And I got stuck visually on cats and dogs... Then I realized it didn't have to be MY pet peeve, it could be a peeve of my pet's! My cat hates to be combed--and she's a long haired cat so it really is necessary or it is hairball city around here.
I'm still experimenting with my computer emulated style here. I did this one in a positive process (adding black lines) instead of a negative process (erasing away everything but the line.) I think the negative process works better in emulating the paper style. But is more time consuming.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Illustration Friday: Heavy

This is a combo of last week's topic: "Garden" and this week's: "Heavy." (I had a busy week last week with a birthday party and house guests.) This is another computer generated image mimicking the ink resist technique.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Illustration Friday: Leap

A little dancer doodle of a jeté. I did this with brush and ink.