anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Remote (II)

Monday, October 24, 2005

Illustration Friday - Remote (II)


We tend to fear what we don't know, and such is the case when we misunderstand why some people choose to keep themselves remote from society. We often imagine the worst about them, endowing them with negative traits and behaviors, thus creating fictional characters that stand in for the real human beings.

I had planned to illustrate this idea with two literary characters, but time constraints forced me to settle for one. Her name is Lori, the Red Witch from Paul Gallico's beautiful novel Thomasina. It's a touching and magical tale of a widower, his daughter, a ginger cat named Thomasina, and Lori, a healer. The red-haired Lori lives deep in the woods, and is branded a witch because of her healing powers and mysterious solitary way of life. She shows her true side, however, when she saves Thomasina from death, and ultimately heals the hardened heart of the widower and the broken heart of his daughter.

The second character is Phillip Rhyader from The Snow Goose, another work by Paul Gallico. It is about the bond of love that forms between Phillip, a deformed, hermetic painter who loves birds and Fritha, a young girl who brings an injured to snow goose to him. I have a picture in my mind, but I will save it for another time.

46 Comments:

Blogger JacqueLynn said...

I really like the pattern of the skirt and shirt. The interesting line work on them contrasts nicely with the solid green of the tree background, it really sets off the face nicely.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

I think those that keep themselves remote secretly thrive on the mystery they provoke in the minds of others. and would melt away with out it.

8:35 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Your comments lead me to think about one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson. She was deemed a recluse in her day, but offers us so much. Beautiful illustration.

8:38 PM  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

Oh yes and the line work on the hair too, I wanted to enclude that in how I like the patterns working in this illo.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely and poetic!! :)

8:39 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

It's very hard for some people to accept that others are not fictional characters, nor should they behave the way they see others do in movies and television.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I really like your take on the "Remote" theme; it's one I hadn't thought of. I remember the movie version of Thomasina from when I was a kid, and I remember liking it a lot. I never knew it was based on a book. Just like I have inspired you to take up with a new book ;-), I might have to pick these two up at your suggestion. They are least going on my list of things to read in the future.

As usual I love the illustration. You have such a distinctive style, yet you manage to produce a variety of different pieces. I like the muted effect of this one. It suggests to me the fictionality of the characters you are portraying and it reminds me of how our memories of these characters can be.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

Again I love your illustrations. The attention you put in the details...the lines in her hair, the cat, the wooliness of her sweater. It all makes me wanna look at the picture again and again.

8:59 PM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

So glad to see a kitty in your artwork....very nice!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Ohh Carla I remember that story through the movie with Haley Mills I believe. Yes very good interpretation.
Your illustration is perfect and the colors have set the mood. The background work makes it. Lovely!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Very nice Carla. I quite love the story The Snow Goose. I'm sure you will come up with a great illo for that story as much as the one here.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Afterthoughts Ltd. said...

Carla, neat to see three of your images in very different styles...but, all great!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Leezy said...

I think sometimes it is easier to distance oneself from society than to face or grin and bear it. But not as a runaway, more to save oneself for one's sanity and life.

I knew someone once who distanced herself, she became remote. I to her, it was self-protection. Her last resort and her only way out.

Maybe in time she found her way back.

Sometimes, if one can look back from such remoteness, a new path is seen from a different angle.

Another beautiful entry Carla.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Lovely.
When you tie your illos in with the stories it make me want to read them again!!!

10:35 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Carla - very nice stuff you've posted recently, I love this piece especially...I've been pretty neglectful of any real sketching time lately in lieu of other pursuits...LOL, probably adult ADD ;)...your 20 facts posts are a lot of fun, I've missed stopping by here....p.s. wanna arm wrestle? I'm strong too...little but strong ;)

11:09 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Enjoyed this one, especially the cat.

Would love to see more details on a cat like you do on all your portrait's hair. Would be beautiful I bet.

Lovely work.

11:43 PM  
Blogger rubio2d said...

Love that tree in the backgound..so difusse...great!

3:30 AM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

i read Thomasina many, many years ago, i know i did, but i totally forgot what it was about, now, after your description i see i have to read it again.. and his Snow Goose too...
beautiful drawing, Carla, i love it...

5:44 AM  
Blogger Seth Russell said...

Beautiful work this week. You always have such a nice story to go with your art. I can't wait to see more!

9:06 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

I disagree with Derek. Those who require that sort of attention don't get it by removing themselves. Those who hold themselves remote usually do it because society has caused them a measure of pain. Your Lori seems to have achieved happiness through her actions. Nice one.

9:57 AM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

The reason why I really like to visit your blog is that it always adds something new to my life :-),even if it is a little story about you put in words and drawings, or some stories told by others.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Pajara Pinta said...

that's right... the remote, the unknown are very scarry things... but sometimes they bring so many treasures!

great post!

cheers!

www.caracarmina.blogspot.com

11:52 AM  
Blogger Pusha V said...

Nice work! Looks like I will not win that prize lol. Keep up the good work.

1:48 PM  
Blogger onclejohann said...

I'm about as reclusive as one can get nowadays which has brought about some unwelcomed (though not unforgiven) attention. A young lady had seen my retreat from society as being one of a tragic romantic figure. She had seen me as an artist who had shut himself off from society, pining away for a lost love or something along these lines. How surprised she was when she discovered that each Saturday when my little princesses come up for drawing lessons, we follow that up with pizza and a belching contest. Now how romantic is that?

4:39 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Ooooh, this is so soft looking. You have a great sense of color - this one really fits the season, too. I also love the expression on her face. It's very fitting.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Ooooh, this is so soft looking. You have a great sense of color - this one really fits the season, too. I also love the expression on her face. It's very fitting.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is so charming and well drawn. I love that you include stories with your illustrations.

7:14 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Tagged Carla, come by my blog and see what Snoopy character you are. It is a short fun quiz.

I am WOODSTOCK!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Don Dixon's Blog said...

Thats so true we do fear the things we dont' understand, I see it all the time, and face it all the time. Love your stuff!

12:59 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Such a moving piece. your detailed works are always so lovely.

3:16 AM  
Blogger Virginia Valle said...

Oh Carla you alwyas poetic :) I think you carry that on your blood .. nice piece :)

5:08 AM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Hi there :-), thanks for visiting me.Those lines at my blog are mine.
They are sentences that came to my mind through the last 10 years and I had written them all over.
Some were titles of paintings or ceramics.The other day I put them together and they made sense,at least for me.
I guess I am closing this "circle" and soon I will cross my river to another side.:-)
Just growing up!

5:32 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

I am so glade I have meet you! Your art and stories are a highlight for me every week! I am going to check our library for the book.

12:00 PM  
Blogger angeillo said...

Lori is a beautiful witch. She looks very kind too. I guess that's what you want to portray, that what/who we don't know, may not be what we think they are. Lovely work!

1:01 PM  
Blogger ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

I always dig the stories you incorporate with your illustrations.

3:37 PM  
Blogger kg said...

very nice (as usual!). love the lines in the dress and the hair. that cat looks a little angry, though ;-)

7:04 PM  
Blogger doodlegirl said...

WOW! Not only do I enjoy learning from you each week, but your drawings are so wonderful. I love all the detail. The lines in her dress. The waves in her hair. The texture in her shirt. And all those tiny leaves on the tree... not to mention the texture in that cloud and sky! W O N D E R F U L ! ! !

10:55 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

This has a lovely organic feel to it and captures that archetypal "wise woman" character perfectly.

By the way, I think the instrumental concept album The Snow Goose by Camel is a masterpiece and captures a lot of the spirit of the novella.

4:01 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

just looking at the picture i thought of fairytale, which it basically is after reading what you had typed. the style you used for the characters is reminiscent of the styles found on medieval transcripts (at least to me), nice touch.

8:56 PM  
Blogger kan said...

stories and art, nice combo

9:15 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Lovely story and illustration. And thank you for commenting on my piece too. I always look forward to what you have to say. : )

10:43 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This illustration is so very beautiful. In addition, you've just given me two stories to locate and read. What a gift!

1:30 AM  
Blogger tr√§umerei said...

this is beautiful ! i love the colors.. it reminds me of medieval tapestry.

2:08 AM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

As always, a learning experience and visual treat from you Carla!! Thanks!

8:39 AM  
Blogger Sybille said...

Love the texture of the image and I am in love with the tree at the back - it has such a lovely spooky and slightly sad feel. :-)

6:19 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

A very thoughtful piece. What amazes me most is that you said you were short of time - yet you put up two postings! Have you ever wondered if you are an over-achiever???

I especially like your interpretation of remote as its just what I was off doing!!! (Except I don't have a cat any more)

11:24 AM  

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