anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Remote (Possibilities)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Illustration Friday - Remote (Possibilities)


I'm pressed for time this week, so for now I am sharing two drawings I did about thirty years ago. I do have an idea and some rough sketches for my real submission for this week's topic, but I might not have time to get to it. Monday Update - I did do one new illustration which you can see here.

I remember doing the above drawing at a time in my life when I felt remote and inward and also very fragile. I think this visually reflects those feelings pretty well. I've always like this one for its mood, and I also like the attenuated figure and the patterned hair. I did play around a bit with the background after I scanned it.



This drawing depicts what I had imagined my life would be like someday. I would live in a remote natural setting with a wonderful view of trees and mountains. I'd have my books and art around me, and life would be fine. Well, I count this as a testament to the power of visualization, for here I am, living in the country with a view from my office/studio that looks pretty much like the view in this drawing. I am surrounded by books, art, and true love, and I have to say that life is pretty darn wonderful. I'm one lucky lady, and I am thankful for my blessings. The only thing that's missing is the painting in the drawing; after hanging above my parents' fireplace for many years and then on the wall of one of my apartments, it came to a sad end. I won't tell the story here, but let's just say it falls into the category of "water under the bridge." I've long since moved on. This was originally a pen and ink drawing to which I added color in photoshop.

31 Comments:

Blogger Pusha V said...

Lol I get the first post. Nice work! Is that drawn in ink? :)

1:52 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

i love them both. i like the detail and colour in the first, but i am in love with the second one. those long fluid legs are beautiful, and the warm tones used for her skin.

brava

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Edric Hsu said...

Hi Carla, both sketches are beautiful, and the frentic lines in the first one are managed cleverly by the colour hues...
But oh wow, you did those THIRTY years ago??! That's really REMOTE alright! ;)

2:14 PM  
Blogger Drazen said...

that second one has wonderful feel to it.
thanks for sharing

2:34 PM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

I really love the style of the second one -its something about the really long legs i think

2:42 PM  
Blogger Smook said...

Hi Carla!

I love the proportions in the first image, and like Drazen said, the second has a great feel.....almost nostalgic in feel.

Thanks for sharing!
Mike

4:09 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Nice Carla! I love that you have two to show us. The top one looks like she thinking-in a distant place. I really like how you treated her hair. The bottom is very peaceful and serene. I often think of where I will be doing my work later in my life. I hope it is by the ocean!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Rowantree said...

Tow great works,I like long legs in the first and worderful lines in second !

5:17 PM  
Blogger rubio2d said...

love the first one!!!
Amazing long legged girl, scary great!And that big black spot behind her...brrrr....shows me the void!
Absolutly great work!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Love them both--the legs on the girl are great; the second reminds me of one the old woodcut carvings. You are a great artist.

6:49 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

It's a treat to see something "analog from the archives" of yours. Thanks for sharing these.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Giles said...

That second piece depicts such a calm setting, but your line work is very dynamic and...raw ;)

I like the pattern on the hair in the first piece.

7:56 PM  
Blogger isay said...

great job with adding colors in it.

thanks for tagging me and you can already see what i have got for you.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Well Carla, I love both of them.
The top one gave me the feeling that you were very vulnerable at the time. The pattern in her hair is wonderful.
The bottom one reflects peace which is where you are right now. Even the colors are peaceful. So glad you have found your little bit of heaven.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Pusha V said...

I look forward to winning again lol. I clicked on your link to see what's up and I saw a nice picture.
I thought to myself hey I recognize that blog so I wanted to see if you made anything new. :)
Thanks!

11:20 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Great work. I'm sure if I found pictures I'd made of what I thought my life would be like now, they would be so different it would make my head spin.

1:55 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

These are lovely!! Soo expressive ... :)

2:52 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

These are both really wonderful, though I think the first is my favorite. You wrote that you were feeling remote while working on this. I can see that in the work. I really like the feel of this. I also loved your entry for Cold. Sorry to be late getting to you about it! It's beautiful. I love the detail on the peacock's feathers, and now I have the song White Bird going through my head too! *G*

3:56 AM  
Blogger isay said...

hello Carla! i don't think i can keep my promise about coming up with names to tag with regarding what i have done with your optional idea of The Illustrated two things and a lie. i realized i am not good at tagging.

Have a nice day!

5:19 AM  
Blogger Steve Musgrave said...

These are nice. It's always interesting to see an artist's older work.

1:18 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Carla, you are a most interesting person... I feel blessed to see what you have done and have the chance to get to know you. Both pictures are telling but the second one that speaks of ties to the past and peeking into the future is so cool!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Reminds me a bit of Edward Ardizzone.... scratchy and soft at the same time....
Oh... and
Tagged! by Sultry Painter Woman....
List 20 Random Facts about yourself. Then go tag as many others as it takes you (in minutes) to do this. Hope you don't mind too much. :-)

6:01 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

The nude...emotes a sadness or dispair. The background texture is nice. Would like to see the original.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I swear... the strip tease or tagged wasn't there whan i asked!! I have nearly 100 "facts" (or fancies) listed too, but i find that each time I have keyboard at hand, they're different... That's interesting to me because of the "know yourself" dicta.

Has the flooding stopped where you are? I used to visit my daughter regularly in Western Massachusetts. Now she's in Boston and living the Metropolitan life. I hope the water didn't ruin the fall colors... (or your foundation, for that matter.)

12:40 AM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

your works getting better and better carla, im loving the whole evolution of your style and the process of seeing you grow as an artist! ;)

M

8:22 AM  
Blogger kinky konijn said...

your work reminds me of a someone,
love it, very dreamy...

3:35 PM  
Blogger Virginia Valle said...

Ohh my dear Carla almost I forget you :) .. What I can said :), your paintings are beautiful everyday you are improve your quality :)

3:57 PM  
Blogger Graham Jones said...

That brought back memories.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

The latter image has elements of the romanticism found in the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites. Well done! I love that one.

The former is very stylised and it reminds me of another. Needless to say, it's a great piece. Heheh. Very very nice. The textures and the background too.

10:00 AM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

I love them both! especially the first one! What a figure!
love

4:24 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Both fine, fine pictures and oddly enough they benefit from scrolling down to view them...

3:12 AM  

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