anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Small (phase I)

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Illustration Friday - Small (phase I)

I may not have time to finish this drawing (I've been working on it all day), so I thought I'd post what I have now and then update it later. I started with a pencil sketch and then put in the details with a .005 micron pen. I still have to add the background and then add color with colored pencils and markers. That should be at least several hours of work.

This illustration is in honor of the mandolin, a small short-necked eight-stringed instrument, a descendant of the lute that dates back to 18th century Italy. In the United States, the mandolin has enjoyed popularity since the 19th century in a variety of musical genres...from classical to blues, country, folk and rock music.

Although the mandolin as we know it is several hundred years old, lute-like instruments appeared as early as 2000 BC in Mesopotamia. By the 7th century AD, this instrument developed into a folk lute known as the oud, which is still used today in its original configuration in the Near East. The oud was introduced to Europe via the Moorish conquest of Spain (711- 1492), and to Venice and the rest of Europe through coastal trade and the returning Crusaders. It is from the oud that the lute emerged.

The first lute appeared in the 13th century, and as early as the 14th century, a miniature lute, or mandora, appeared. The mandora, in turn, developed into the madolino, and then came to be called the mandolin in early 18th century Naples. The Neopolitan mandolin had a deep pear shaped body, an oval sound hole, four pairs of strings, and was tuned like a violin.

The mandolin became popular in the United States during the 19th century with Italian immigration, and by the turn of the century, mandolin ensembles toured the vaudeville circuit and mandolin orchestras were popular in schools and colleges. The mandolin continued its evolution during the 1900's with various design changes which included a carved top and flat back.


Blogger Anonymous said...

I like the swoopy simplicity of the first image here; although the patterns are well done and attractive in the second :)

9:11 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Carla, this is a lovely illustration! You did an excellent job capturing the Mandolin! Found your link from Ill Fri. but I am just sure I have seen you posting on Misty Mawn's blog before! Anyway, great illustration! Brandi

9:14 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

I love the exotic feel of the woman...

9:16 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

When you have time (ha yea right) I would love to see some color added to the first image with out the detail patterns. Just curious.
i do love the start of the patterns in the second one.
so glad you posted how you start. I find the how did they do that just as interesting as the finished piece.
I'll check back
oh and wonderful info on the mandolin

9:23 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

nice drawing!

9:26 PM  
Blogger Humour and last laugh said...

great blog. very creative.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

These are beautiful, so graceful and elegant(I really like them with out colour).

9:41 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Great job! I use to play the captured it well!

10:11 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

Thank you very much for your visit Carla,

Your art is so delicate and warm, I really like it.

About colors combinations - yes, is a very difficult issue. I have learned a lot only looking and looking what some great artists are doing. Not copying, but looking.
I remember that I had a list with the number of colors and colors that some of them were puting in their works, and how they were combyning them bidimensionally.
I recommend to you look at Greg Clarke and Lorenzo Mattoti - 2 different styles, both are wonderful.

About other things - In "Reasons to be Thankful" you mention your son Daniel...
My two daughters have by name Daniela, he he he
Constanza Daniela and Lisbeth Daniela - and you are right 'Daniel' people are something!

A good weekend - and excuses because my english is, sure, like a stone in the shoe...

10:36 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i love them both carla and i always love what you write about. your writing and drawing is flowing off the strings of a magical lute.
p.s.i think franks english is perfection, he has a childlike sweetness to his words.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

It's amazing how different the two stages look. The details really make it come alive. I can't decide which one I like better.

11:25 PM  
Blogger youcantryreachingme said...

I agree with the first comment by Anonymous - I like the swoopy simplicity of the first illustration (but then i like the details in the second, too! :) )

Actually, a friend of mine is a composer for the mandolin. Very few mandolin players in Australia I'm told... but I'm no expert!

... and I always appreciate when you explain how you draw things!


11:28 PM  
Blogger The Crafty-Girl™ said...

magnificent details...i think her hair could hold the key to her creativity! beautiful illo!

1:02 AM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

She is beautifully serene

1:27 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Carla I'm so glad you posted both of these versions. There are (at least) 2 different artists inside you! How wonderful to see them, and of course the colourer is the third, the writer the fourth... gosh loads, but you've let us see those before, this is the first time I've seen the foundation artist - truly lovely to meet her!

5:09 AM  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

I always like to see how works are made, glad you posted both and all the into about the mandolin was very interesting. Really nice, serene peaceful drawing, love it.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

I really enjoy the flowers on the bottom of her dress (in the second illo). It looks like they are climbing up her legs.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Thank you for including both illustration. I really enjoy learning about the processes folks use in their illustrations. Wonderful illustration. Thanks also for the info on mandolins.

9:54 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Anonymous stole my thunder, too! Your eye for detailed pattern is part of your distintive style, but the initial drawing has a strength and simplicity that is very appealing. Those organic lines tell a whole story by themselves.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

thaks for your comment...I agree both with andrea and anonymous about your drawing...maybe,simplicity IS strenght!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Another Beautiful drawing!!!! The first phase of the illustration has a very free and flowing beauty to the figure. In the second phase the figure comes alive with so much detail. She seems so elegant, serene and beautiful. I know the color choice will make the entire piece come together in a whole new way- adding another layer of serenity to the drawing. You have a gift for capturing details. Your very conscientious of every mark, every stroke of a line you place in your work. That is Breath taken!

10:42 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

It's wonderful to see the process of your work. I can't wait to see the final product! What you have now is already amazing. Your choice of subject- superb!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

A beautiful illio. I love the details in the final piece and liked seeing the progression.

11:15 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Me too, I like the first one. Looks almost like a Madona!

11:19 AM  
Blogger m.b said...

Hi Carla
Really love this... but there's just something about that sketch! Your details and patterns are great, but I guess something in her expression, and her hair, changed in the ink version that makes her a completely different girl - I miss the girl in the sketch. ;) I can't wait to see it in color - hope you have the time soon!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

I always love looking at your interpretation of IF but especally love this one with the work in progress. Your text is always worth reading. Thank you for that.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Wow! You did your research! I loved the top illo . . . You are progressing beautifully with this image. Can't wait to see it when it is done :) Gorgeous!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Rowantree said...

Nice work in dress !

4:37 PM  
Blogger doodlestreet said...

Wow! Your art is very intense and detailed. I'd love to see that in color. I also really like the illo "Reasons to be thankful" a lot! Very very cool. And thank you for all the wonderful comments you leave on my art each week. You share very heartfelt ideas and thoughts. --

4:43 PM  
Blogger Rick Lovell said...

Lovely, as usual. I really prefer the "sketch"'s gentle "s" curves and simplicity are very alluring. With a drawing this sensuous, color and pattern aren't necessary.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Beautiful. I really like the gentle relaxed pose of her hands.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Hey girl, it looks like every one has beet me to the punch! Love the progreshion. I have ran across several virtual art sights that let you see their work from begaining to end neat stuff!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

I was at a basement show (punk concert in some ones basement, though it was more like a concrete bombshell) and one band had I guy with a mandolin. He had it hooked up to about 5 different effects pedals and was getting the coolest noises out of it.

nice picture

7:16 PM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Carla,I love the first sketch, you have a wonderful stroke of pencil,trace,line...don´t know the correct expression.
Could you show us some more of those.
I love when I am able to see the whole process of doing from an illustrator.Beautiful :)

7:30 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Great piece. I like the first one better because I believe it is closer to who the artist is. As far as the text; wow--it must be tough to play Jepordy with you.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

My grandfather was friends with an old Chineese man we called Grandpa Harry. In addition to being a fantastic cook & quite fluent in Italian, he had an electric mandoin hooked up to a six-foot amplifier. My family was interesting.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Beautiful artworks!! Love your new postings as always!!

1:51 AM  
Blogger kinky konijn said...

oh... i love the details of the dress and the hair

6:38 AM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Geogous, Carla. Very refreshing to see how you create your art pieces. So intricate with those little details. Can't wait to see the finished piece.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Well done Carla. I love them both. The detail is really great. Your post is packed with really great information. Love it. Cheers!

10:09 AM  
Blogger GoldenOwl said...

Hello again... I envy you a wee bit, taking time on your art... I think that's great. Nice illo here... I have fiddled around w/ a mandolin and they are indeed small... but I can't help to feel that maybe her audience is smaller than even that. (and I don't mean in numbers, just size)... =)

10:57 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This is really beautiful, Carla. Although I'm sure the color image will be gorgeous, it's actually really nice as is - even just the pencil sketch. I like that you chose this as a subject. Not just from the historical perspective (you've capture the medieval feel) but also because I own a mandolin myself. It's a challenge to play (mainly building up those callouses!) but a work of art that hangs on my living room wall.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous a said...

your pencil drawing looks more organic, the ink version more stylized. both versions are nice. I like all details, which remind me of henna patterns. What inspires the designs you draw?

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Ginger *:) said...

Your Mandolin player and her instrument are perfectly matched. I can hear the sweet sounds as I view your offering. I especially like the patterns you have created and the wise and knowing expression of the muscian. Beautifully done!

8:11 PM  
Blogger "Maggie" said...


Both illustrations are lovely. What a contrast to see the two as each step takes place. I get a totally different feeling with each, both equally unique. I look forward to the finished piece.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Valeri said...

Great drawing! All of your work is excellent!

9:06 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Carla, stunning!! I love comparing the two stages.... such beautiful detail! Yummy softness!!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Carla, I'm enjoying watching the development of this pic - I really hope you get a chance to finish it!

Something that's interesting to observe is the differences between the two. In the pencil sketch the figure is thinner, has her hair back and is more three dimensional (one example being the line for her lap under the mandolin). The way the second picture has been embellished - along the Noveau lines of an Aubrey Beardsley - makes strong use of the surface areas. Actually, I almost think moving to areas of flat blacks and whites might the way to go...

Wonderful stuff, and very much to my personal tastes!

11:56 PM  
Blogger minijubilee said...

oo, it was so nice to be able to see the "process" from sketch towards final illustration. the composition is really good -- simple and elegant -- really beautiful linework! :)

4:32 AM  
Blogger rubio2d said...

Your post are always a fantastic reading...
Nice illo (love the stamp on the dress)
and thanks for showing us the process.
Very Good work.

5:43 AM  
Blogger eni said...

you are making me feel like doing some figurative drawings with pattern stuff.This has a real modern master feel to it.
I really like it in black and white.
but I'm like that. everything looks black and white to me.
my mate says that it's not such a bad thing, and that I show a great eye for colour too
anyhow got to get on.
love your stuff
love eni

8:09 AM  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

What a beautiful work!
I am glad it didn’t make to the color step -- I love it in black and white!
Please post some more of the preliminary drawings; I think they are very strong works in their own right. And thank you for instrument info… Lily.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

Wondeerful colouring and beautiful detail on her dress. I like the way it all contarsts with the stark background.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I loved seeing thefinal and early-stage versions of this illustration. The micron pen work must be meditative, no? What Csziksentmihalyi would call Autotelic? All those nifty flowers, and then the freedom of using many different palletes. Plus, there was the intelligent the mini history lesson that came along with the visual. Again, I say that your students are VERY fortunate, whether they are wise enough to realize it or not. I've just started reading Frank McCourt's TEACHER... and am enjoying the view from behind the desk.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

I really love the simplicity of the first one, the beautiful shapes of the lines - I particularly like the nun-like headdress.
I think the second one is very nice in a completely differnt kind of way and it will be interesting to see the coloured version

11:24 AM  
Blogger Anthony Woodward said...

I'll agree with julie on this one. i really like the pencil drawing. But the final image is still also good :) Thanks for your thoughtful coments on my blog :)

7:12 AM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

that is such a wonderful illustration in so many ways!

1:50 PM  

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