anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Lost

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Illustration Friday - Lost

Not all who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien


When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon -- do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.

Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.

Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.

- Constantine Cavafy (1863 - 1933)


Blogger JacqueLynn said...

I absolutely love the patterns in this and how they work so well to add detail.

3:21 PM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

beautiful, this image and this poem... lost in dreams..

3:22 PM  
Blogger isay said...

i can see images in the headress. it may have adorned the head but the hair is still oustandingly beautiful and attractive. and yes, she looks she is feeling lost.....

and what a lovely poem that goes with it.

4:27 PM  
Blogger kan said...

Many beautiful doodles here...they all come together creating a very interesting piece of work.

I will come back to see this many times this week.

I love all the details in the hills and in her hair.
Lovely in a very lost way!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Afterthoughts Ltd. said...

Wow Carla, another beautiful piece. The Tolkien quote has always been one of my favorite...wish I had thought to include it.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Your best one yet, Carla! I loved the quote and the poem too...of course, we don't have any Phoenician Markets around here. So, I shop for baubles at the dollar store insted...I guess that works! :D

4:53 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

This one hit me like a ton of bricks and that doesn't happen often! It has a Peter Max feel to it but better due to the interesting use of composition and detail. 10/10!

4:57 PM  

awlays diggin your choice of patterns! awesome piece!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Love it! I could spend hours finding new things in the black and white patterns. The character is quite intense, obviously lost in thought. Did you draw her in pen and ink and add color digitally? Great color choices, layering, everything...bravo! Last week's was awesome, too, by the way!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Carla this is my favorite so far. The busy texture works so well together. Yet I am totaly drawn to her face.
Like Amy it would also like to know how you did this one if you care to share.

5:52 PM  
Blogger onclejohann said...

It certainly is the Life, isn't it Carla? And this illustration is a good mirror of the poem, with all the mystery and the wisdom that life has to offer.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

It's always better taking the long path :) I like this one of your the most! The black ink patterns remind me of the surfer boys' school excerecise books. They were always head up on cartoons through all the practise - a couple later became famous for such imagery. I like her hair piece/hat the most, very Nouveau with the outlines and flora :)

7:11 PM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

beautiful!!! Beautiful!!! Beautiful!!! LOve float too~ AWESOME

7:31 PM  
Blogger Rhonna said...

Oh , Carla, I'm just speechless.
I found your blog from your comment on my blog.
I'm so HAPPY you stopped by, so I can see & feel your
beautiful art.
I am loving this complex, beautiful art piece...
sooo intriguing!


7:41 PM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Hi ,I like the way you have always a wonderful text together with your illustration.And everything is always so positive.
Question: are you drawing yourself all the black and white with chins ink or you use readymade textures like paper?
But I have to tell you that I really loved Float ;-) carla

7:42 PM  
Blogger constanthing said...

Wow. This must be one of your most detailed and intricate work ever, Carla. It's beautiful, looking at the patterns close up can really make one lost in it. I've also tried doing squiggly patterns and hiding pictures and messages in them, it's great fun :-)

9:00 PM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

love greek mythology and your style here has captured the tale so magnifcently!

its evolving into something very special...


9:03 PM  
Blogger Rowantree said...

Beautiful work with rich deatils !

10:21 PM  
Blogger Julie Kieras said...

What can I say... she is hauntingly complex... Love the poem... thanks for all the inspirations you've given me (both with your illustrations and in our profession!!)

10:23 PM  
Blogger AG said...

wow.. the background is so intricate! she's beautiful. i really love the details in her hair and flowers.

great illo! would have given you a +fav in deviantart!

10:58 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow girl you amaze me!

11:01 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

First, like many of your fans:-), I love the poem. The fine patterns and lines in the image are amazing. Carla, has it ever occurred to you to send your works to publishers because I think your works make a gorgeous book with the wonderful poetry and your great illustration. I would be more motivated to read the poems in literature class:-).

12:56 AM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Hi Carla,thanks again.:-)
My collage is done with paper and then I use other things for details like a cheap bic pen or pencil for shadows.The others,the painted ones are only acrylic from rembrandt or liquitex.I send my work by e-mail but seldom I work in digital format.I like to feel the paintbrushes and the strokes and all those things.It makes it feel more real...Do you use Adobe Illustrator or CS2?

2:34 AM  
Anonymous Elli said...

Incredible, wonderful. I love this one.

6:57 AM  
Blogger 998fort said...

That is truly wonderful, what can I add?

7:13 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

lovely,love the patterns and the poem is beautiful.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

beautifully done - i particularly love the face

12:06 PM  
Blogger Perriette said...

Very fetching, Carla. Lovely intricate detail.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Beautiful--as always.

1:19 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thank you all for your kind and supportive comments :>>> A few people asked how I did this one, so... It is actually a combination of two separate ink drawings. I scanned them and combined them in Photoshop where I also added the color and the background textures. I was going to attempt coloring the black and white "hill" in the background, but the woman's hair took so darn long I thought my arm was going to fall off! Maybe I'll go back sometime and work on that in bits and pieces.

Again...thank you so very much!

1:28 PM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Hi Carla, my best friend who's a great designer gave me a magazine from FOCUS GUIDE about Adobe photoshop with CS dedicated to Brushes & Painting,how to master the most creative and versatile tools.As I am quite a zero with the program(more lazy I should say)this 135 pages are great,it comes with a cd-rom with over 2700 brushes,shapes,patterns & Borders(I never used it).If you wish I can digitalize and put an image in my blog so you may see how it looks and get one.or try

2:36 PM  
Blogger doodlegirl said...

You art and stories are always so wonderful. I felt especially inspired by your post.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous zira said...

your illustration is really beautiful.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous paul said...

Hi carla, I (like everyone else) really like this one, great use of detail and I really like the whole head-dress thing she's got going on. And yes, great quote...

5:19 PM  
Blogger kg said...

wow. WOW. fabulous detail - and the poem you included with this goes very nicely.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Lovely... and I enjoyed the Ithaca poem. I kept trying to get my kids to go to Cornell because of how much I like the Finger Lakes area... but noooooooooooo. Pleasant memories, images and associations all around.

3:25 AM  
Blogger AnnaCas said...

your illuatration is just wodnerful! amazing feeling.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous angelique said...

nice work, Carla. Lots of interesting details, very art nouveau.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

This is lovely. Your use of texture is always so compelling. Just wonderful!

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

very striking image and as always words with depth to feed the mind.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Very nice illustration!! Love it!! The style and the words are wonderful!

5:55 PM  
Blogger blondivontrap said...

The hils are intriguing - I like the concept of history being tied up in the landscape. And I love the lino-print quality to the whole picture - her hair, flowers etc. The contrast with the space works well too.
And I really love that you educate as well as illustrate.

9:46 PM  
Blogger The Sensualist said...

OH MY GOSH this is so cool. It has that Aubrey Beardsley (I'm covered in Beardsley tattoos, so I am biased:)) feel to it, and I love the way the sun is gives a good sense of loss. Did you draw the dark lines and then fill in the patterned background on a computer? I almost wish you wouldn't use a computer to do so. I'm computer-art phobic most of the time. Maybe it is collage- I can't tell. Seriously though, Carla, this is my MOST favorite thing of yours I've seen yet! Bravo!

10:44 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Wow! This piece absolutely tops the scales. You have displayed a playful diversity in mediums and styles. This piece, however, appears to be a logical development of the previous one. A massive leap if you may. It's thinking out of the box. Splendid Splendid Splendid! Do expand on this theme and this style of work!

11:03 PM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

Cool line work in this one Carla - you really are quite a romantic. Lovely and delicate as usual.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Cereja said...

Beautiful Work! I love the various patterns! :)

12:25 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

carla - the illo and poem are striking... love the sun peaking out & thanks for visiting my blog I am inspired that you took the time...

46 comments, whoa that is terrific, too. aren't you glad you joined the cyber world ?!!!

4:35 PM  
Blogger Steve Musgrave said...

Wow. This is really nice. I'd like to see it in black and white too.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Foxxor said...

I adore the face. I love it the most. The background and the sun are also wonderfully detailed.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I love the different textures in this illo. the halo around the sun. Beautiful work on the details in the headdress!

10:43 PM  
Blogger christina said...

I'll be the 51st commentor on this--which is always daunting, and I usually just lurk when I see that many comments--but I so love your art. Your blend of graphic and unusual and the way you often connect literature to your art--making it a true illustration. This one is particularly beautiful. I love the ornate patterns in her hair.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Very nice Carla. And as usual a great read. I too love the Finger Lakes region. We often B&B there. I really love the flow to this piece and the interesting elements of contrast and colour. Cheers!

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Diong said...

btw... you've been tagged :-)

1:35 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

i love the faces in the hills behind her. this is a beautiful piece, and went very nicely with the poem.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

This is amazing. I really love all of your work.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Drazen said...

another textural beauty

12:44 PM  
Blogger ArtGhost said...

Wow! This is beautiful. I love all the patterning!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

wow Carla! That poem was amazing!

The image is also great. I love the detail in the figure and horizon. The colour work fits very nicely also. Excellent use of black in the cloak too :)

6:21 PM  
Blogger Smook said...

I love how you take something literate and relate it to art! Very texturally rich!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

I was reading recently that someone thought they had found Ithaca, connected to another island (and not to do with Ithaki or whatever the island usually thought to be Ithaca is).

The way you've used texture in this is magnificent! Did you use your other detailed doodlings as a fill, or are they part of this drawn picture? It's a strong compositon overall. The only bit I'm not sure about is the way the cheek connects to her mouth, which has an unsettling, almost Aztec feel to it - perhaps an artificial smile?

There seems to still be some water between our voyager and Ithaca...

1:14 AM  
Blogger pino said...

An amazing drawing again..I liked your patterns and detailed work..see you:)

2:54 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Do you hand draw all that amazing detail? Well done.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Leezy said...

Wow! Carla, every week your work just gets better and better. This is fabulous, and what a great entry. I read your tagged stuff too, seems from this, you are one interesting person.
Thank you for sharing!
I can see this style on a set of inspiration or tarot cards or something.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

Carla wow, I love all the detail in her hair! Your work is very inspiring!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Pajara Pinta said...

this is absolutely stunning! love the quote too!


1:24 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I really like this new style you're trying. I can't pinpoint what it is in particular. I like the different textures. The hair and feathers are wonderful. I just really like this.

You can never go wrong with Tolkien, either. *G*

3:29 PM  
Blogger Leezy said...

carla, I need your e-mail to give you the details on the Journeys book project and see if you are still interested - please contact me at


7:43 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I love the hiddeness here. You've hidden so much within. It feels like there is so much more below the surface.

6:38 AM  
Blogger dh2008 said...

your beautiful and this picture is to

1:39 PM  
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