Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Brigade

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This is my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Brigade. I chose to portray the informal version of the word (a group with a common cause or interests). The characters have ninja-like powers and a common cause.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Round

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This is my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Round. This motorcyclist is making her way around the fountain, and is leaning into the curve. The rider is Marianne Weber - a Belgian journalist who tested this bike for a magazine in 1952. She achieved a top speed of 160 km/h - proving that the bike was a real 100 mph racing bike.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Silent

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This is my posting for the Illustration Friday theme, Silent. The scene portrayed is a diner after closing time. There is silence after a long, hectic day. The waitresses have gone home to put up their feet (?); and the cooks are possibly eating a meal, prepared for them by others.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Stripes

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This is my posting for the Illustration Friday theme, Stripes. A striped zebra was gazing upon the striped lawn; and is now looking at you.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Fuel

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This is my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Fuel. My travelling witch has decided to stop at a convenience store to fuel up on energy - of the ingestible kind. She wanted some caffeine, energy bars, and Red Bull for the commute from Boston to Salem. Also, riding sidesaddle has its advantages when jumping off.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Scattered

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This is my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Scattered. She is scattering her papers to the wind. Perhaps it has something to do with school?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Contraption

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This is my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Contraption. This wee lad is the inventor of the colourful, tractor-like contraption. He is a keen fan of the song, The Wheels on the Bus. As you can see, he is in deep thought while he drives his tractor over his domain.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Hibernate

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This is my posting for the Illustration Friday theme, Hibernate. The setting is early winter, and a colony of marmots is just about to settle down - or hibernate - for the winter. The fellow poking his head out the door is their sentry. He is checking out the commotion that is going on aboveground - before they seal up the entryway for the season.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Ferocious

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This is my take on the Illustration Friday theme, Ferocious. Here we have an angry goose, in front of a cafe that sells chicken. He has a ferocious dislike of anyone who eats poultry - and he is making it known to all who dare to enter the cafe!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Mesmerizing

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This is my posting for the Illustration Friday theme, Mesmerizing. The baby crossing the road has suddenly become mesmerized by something up in the sky.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Boundaries

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This is my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Boundaries. We demarcate physical boundaries, but there is also the boundary between conscious and subconscious thoughts (or real life and dreams). That is a concept that is more difficult to represent in visual terms. I tried to create a visual boundary between the foreground illustration and background painting; using a "relief" technique, or shadows and light. With this method, I hoped to emphasize the dream going on in the minds of the woman, child, and figure with the magic wand. People also maintain arbitrary boundaries, or hierarchies, between artistic genres such as children's illustration, photorealism painting, street art, etc.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Swell

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This is my take on the Illustration Friday theme of Swell. I chose the old slang term usage that was popular from the 1920's through the 1960's. You would have heard it in old Hollywood movies and early television shows. It would have been commonly used in the time period portrayed here, which was the late 1940's.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Launch

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This was my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Launch. The setting particularly resonates with me as it is between the North & South Islands of New Zealand; one the the most beautiful (but volatile) regions of the earth!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Perennial

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This is my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Perennial. The tranquility of the garden on a warm day is broken by the crouching figure up in the tree. The figure's glance takes the viewer's attention outside the immediate scene.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Little Game of Chess

A Little Game of Chess

I chose the game of chess as a way to illustrate the condition of obsession. I chose intense colours as a visual means of expressing concentration, and mental energy.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Gesture

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This is my posting for the Illustration Friday theme, Gesture. The mermaid is gesturing to someone offside. She is asking them to stay put, as she spies something interesting.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Stay...Calm!

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This painting is my posting for the Illustration Friday theme, Stay. My take on it is "Stay Calm!" It is an homage to Lucille Ball; one of the best comediennes of all time! Lucy, was of course known for having regular panic attacks, as part of her act.

Illustration Friday theme: Midsummer Night

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This is my posting for the Illustration Friday "Midsummer Night" theme. The painting is of a neighbourhood in Sydney, Australia. Besides conjuring up thoughts of Shakespeare; midsummer nights bring to mind relationships, couples and beautiful scenery.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: (Never) Surrender

Never Surrender

This was a posting for the Illustration Friday theme, Surrender. I chose to illustrate it as "Never Surrender" (Winston Churchill). I used as my template, a funerary sculpture photograph, taken by Pamela Williams. I transformed the woman into an older, and slightly more intimidating creature, than that of the original.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Balloons Landing

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This is an adaptation of an earlier painting of mine, called Nature Stirs (please see the post below). The figure's forehead, and the landscape from that painting, are incorporated here. The balloons are springing up from the girl's imagination, and are used to feature some of my earlier work.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Nature Stirs

Illustration Friday: Nature Stirs

This entry is called Nature Stirs. The painting was done in oil, and digitally as well. It refers to the stirring of Mother Nature, and some of her milder manifestations - clouds and dust. It also is a reference to the psychological stirring of adolescent emotions, which can be heightened or lessened by exposure to nature.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Warning

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This was my entry for the Illustration Friday Warning theme. I chose a retro Mad Men-type scenario and decor. There is clearly tension in the room; the woman in the centre is highly suspicious of the one closest to us.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Layers

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This is my posting for the Illustration Friday Layers theme. This painting portrays Sufism; a mystical sect of Islam otherwise known as the Whirling Dervishes. They are influenced by other religions as well, including Buddhism.

Their ceremonial dance (and trance) is meant to represent a mystical journey through the layers of the mind and love, to the "Perfect". I have also designed the painting as a physically layered image.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Sweater

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Here is my post for the Illustration Friday theme, Sweater. This is a young Lana Turner in her 1937 screen debut. She is known as one of the first Sweater Girls; a type of actress particularly popular in the 1950's. She is wearing a short-sleeved sweater in this image.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Reverse

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Here is my entry for Illustration Friday theme, Reverse. This depicts the Reverse Prayer yoga position. This posture is supposed to promote health benefits such as the release of tension in your shoulders and overall body. The pressure from your hands promotes a straightening of the spine. It also opens your shoulder joints.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Illustration Friday theme: Chicken

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This is an illustration of King's Parade Park in NSW, Australia. I envisioned a scenario whereupon an urban park visitor would happen upon the unusual sight of a rooster strutting his way up a tree branch. I enjoy "fish out of water" sights and scenarios, and thought to make the rooster more prominent by making him stand out against a background of delicate tracery.