anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Holiday

Friday, December 23, 2005

Illustration Friday - Holiday

We have decided to take a holiday from the holidays this year and simply enjoy having some time off to be together and see a few friends and some family. No tree, no mall, no traffic, no overeating, and no big bills in January. So in the spirit of my non-holiday cheer, I am posting a non-holiday drawing. I recently bought a set of Sakura Gelly Roll metallic markers in different colors, and this is the first doodle I did with them. I'm looking forward to having the time this week to start some of the drawings that I've had in my head. That's one of the best gifts I could get...time to draw!

I want to wish all my wonderful friends in the Land of Blog a very happy and healthy holiday season, and all the best in the new year - Peace, Love, and Happiness to you and your loved ones.


Blogger LDahl said...

It looks like I get to be first!
Carla, I wish you the most peaceful time you have had in years:)) We have cut way back too, actually, for the last three years...I had gotten so I hated the holidays. This year I have had the spirit creep back in, and it is wonderful. No mauls for me either:)))
Love the dress and sun in your doodle, what fun!!
Happiness to you my friend!

10:33 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

you sound like the perfect candidate to celebrate SOCMOS this year! :o)

10:46 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

After years of cutting back, I can tell you what a relief it is at such a hectic time. Your drawing is lovely, festive in it's way and decidedly reminiscent of the holidays. Happy Christmas and New Year!

10:56 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Life and your art is in the details. I love the effect these pens have, you used them well. I wish you well this holiday; I know you will enjoy having (unpressured) time to create. Keep posting your efforts!

10:56 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

good for you carla! we are having a stocking for our dog, but we decided after so many years of giving to just be and enjoy what we already have. I'm with you! time to paint and draw what you like is a true gift... Your new markers are helping to make an already beautiful drawing even more special. Indulge your creativity and have a swell time! Happy Holidays to you!

11:07 PM  
Blogger RedRaider756 said...

This is great! I like how you used the markers on the black backround.
As for taking a holiday from the holidays, I think my post says it all for me.......

11:37 PM  
Blogger Rick Lovell said...

Beautiful work, Carla. The pens on black look like embroidery. Hope you and yours have a happy and peaceful holiday.

11:50 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

It does look like embroidery! Lovely effects. I know they look better in person, though, as we can't see the metallic glow properly.

Have a really nice, relaxing holiday, Carla. I've enjoyed your art and your posts this year. Looking forward to what you offer us in 2006!

12:56 AM  
Blogger Tiffy said...

Love the silvers and the lines in this piece.. Happy holidays Carla :)

1:17 AM  
Blogger isay said...

i like the gold lines of the sun and the hair. you've given an idea of what to buy.

and Have a peaceful and wonderful time with your friends and loveones.

1:45 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Lovely illo! Must be freeing being able to be stress-less this time of year.
I wish you a very merry holiday and a promising new year!!

2:01 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Carla I'm so glad to hear you'll have more time to draw - truly the best of presents!

Your picture reminds me of tapestry. I especially love the sun (and I'm sure I've said that before about other suns of yours - I obviously have a soft spot for them!)

3:19 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Non-holiday holiday!
I am working on one of those and I am certain it takes a lot of guts to take the plunge! I am practicing various diving techniques!
Have a great non-holiday time, Carla!
Great illustration!

4:07 AM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

Great illo love! I notice a resemblance?

6:25 AM  
Anonymous pintarte said...

Carla, great illustration.
Beautiful work. Love

7:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Thank you girl, may you be filled with peace this Christmas season. Love the colour!

7:39 AM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

lovely drawing, technically it looks like it's inspired by Andrea's, yet it is so typically your own style. very nice!

i wish you happy peaceful holidays! :)

9:22 AM  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

Wowzer, so glad you said they were Gelly markers. I thought embroidery, fabric, wasn't sure!! You have really gotten a wonderful rich rich texture with these. How delightful. Very best wishes!!! Jacque

10:18 AM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

This is such a beautiful drawing! As usual, your work has such depth and intricate textural elements. I love the the details on the dress. Simply Gorgeous! Happy Relaxed Holidays and Best Wishes for 2006!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Your relaxing holiday sounds grand!

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all the best for the new year!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Wonderful illustration! Also, love what your plans are for the season. Make it simple and sweet. Have a relaxing time and peace to you too!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

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11:32 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I deleted my double was me...don't fret! lol! Sorry bout that...sigh...

11:33 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

WOW! This is a wonderful illustration. My fave in fact. And you call it a doodle????
I wish you the Best of Times and more Inspiration for Years to come. Joyeux Noël from Québec.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

That is fantastic. I thought it was quilted for a minute. The textures and patterns - splendid. Thank you for giving us things of beauty each week, and for being eloquent in your comments and on your own blog. Happy holiday to you!

1:16 PM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Thanks for all the great artwork in 2005.

Happy holidays to you, your loved ones and all your furry critters!

Lyn &
The Whippy Curly Tails in the Toasty South

1:35 PM  
Blogger M said...

Your picture is intricate and beautiful! I also like the colors, mystical and earthy.

4:52 PM  
Blogger William E. Alexander said...

An interesting peice Carla. I like the line work alot. Is this a self portrait?
You have some great talent. I like your egyptian work also. I love mythology I just wish I had more patience. It always feels like after I do a bunch a research for a piece it starts to drain all the fun out of creating it. Have a great break and a happy holiday. For me its back to work grind.

6:28 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Ho, Ho, Ho...Mistress Carla,

Will look forward to seeing you in all your expressions next year.
Zip around the race track for me a couple of times!

The Tart

6:36 PM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

Beautiful!!! Beautiful!!! Beautiful!!!

No Mall...No Traffic...No big bills...No Tree...and time to draw...ahhhh! Sounds wonderful! I am envious! Enjoy!!!

Have a wonderful non Holiday Carla!!!

6:42 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

it gives it a great textural look. i'd love to see this as thread on fabric.


11:45 PM  
Blogger Zórdís said...

Very nice outcome. It is so nice when you put your ideas down for all to enjoy.

Happy holidays ......

7:26 AM  
Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

Detailed as usual, your art is so lovely.
I hope you will get a happy, peaceful and illustrating Holiday!
Happy Holidays!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Merry Christmas Carla!

Cutting backa nd relaxing sounds good to me also!
Love the dress design and sun.
Have fun with your new markers and I'm looking forward to your new illustrations.
Thanks for all the inspiration.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

You and Gelly Roll markers make wonderful art together. Really like the detail in the dress and face. And the contrast to the background landscape. Enjoy your peaceful time with your family.

9:59 AM  
Blogger David said...

I like the contrasting of the yellow and whites on the black background. And as always I really like the patterns and line movements in your work.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

Thank you for the kind and generous interest and attention you given the Illustration Friday folks! You're a terrific artist and contributor....LOVE the gel work!

Best wishes for the coming year!

11:49 AM  
Blogger m.b said...

I work for a company that used to make metallic Jel markers... but they never worked very well. We've just come out with some new ones though, that seem to work great. You've done a beautful job with yours. I love your intricate ethnic-looking patterns - all those details. Beautiful, just beautiful work.
Enjoy your holiday free holiday!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Happy non-Holidays, Carla!

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Paula said...

I like the stylized woman, and the gold you sed for the hair and sun. Hope to see more soon; it seems the new tool is very promising from this first drawing. Happy Holidays.

6:07 PM  
Blogger christina said...

You know, that sounds kindof wonderful. Holy in it's own way: time for drawing and being. Peace. A good way to spend the dark days in the middle of winter, holiday or no. Blessings to you Carla! I'm so glad to have found your art and your insights.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely illo!! Happy holiday and merry christmas!

11:03 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely illo!! Happy holiday and merry christmas!

11:03 PM  
Blogger pinknpretty said...

Happy holidays, Carla!

11:36 PM  
Blogger GoldenOwl said...

Hehe if only you added a wee sleigh way in the backround it would be Christmas... anyway I enjoy it, and like the landscape!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

I see you've been nominated for the Best of Blogs Awards - congratulations!

10:39 AM  
Blogger QweySpiral said...

Carla, this is wonderful! I love the texture and patterns. It works so well! I'm gonna have to get me some of those markers too! It looks like lots of fun!

10:55 AM  
Blogger QweySpiral said...

I forgot to add that you are not alone, we chose no tree also and it was very relaxing! I know f lots of others who did the same... imagine, sanity for a change!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

This is SO BEAUTIFUL. I love the details on her bluse, i'ts enchanting. You are such a wonderful artist. Happy new year Carla for you too!

12:20 PM  
Blogger Hillitty Kukko said...

Beautiful! So beautiful! I love it!
Happy Holidays!

2:08 PM  
Blogger openroundtop said...

You have such interesting, detailed work. I love it, there's so much put into it yet it all fits together. A break from holidays sounds like a good idea, hope you had a good one! Happy New Year.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

This is a doodle????!!!!!!! Awesome as always. I just love your intricate line work, you must be a very patient person. Enjoy your non-holiday relaxation.

4:55 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

The only Christmas gift I am looking forward to is also related to art:-). I can imagine how happy you are in being able to try a new way of painting.

Carla, I'd like to thank you for all your kindness and all the best wishes for you! This artistic year is really awesome with you around, but I am sure the coming year will be even better!

5:07 PM  
Blogger lus said...

Carla: your work is really good!
i´m surprised
i´ll be around soon

5:19 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Carla, I can totally relate! This year I too kept it simple. I feel that the true meaning of the Holidays have gotten lost. Wishing you and your family much blessings for this New Year!!!!! Enjoy!!!! Again, another beautiful drawing full of rich texture and details. We can always count on you Carla to keep us rooted as artist. Job well done!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Hi Carla!
The jelly pens are fun aren't they?

We had quite a laid back Christmas here at my house... my husband and I exchanged small gifts: a couple DVDs for him and he got me a couple art books. It was quite refreshing actually, in years past we have gotten way out of hand with the $$$. It was nice to keep it simplw this year!

7:31 PM  
Blogger constanthing said...

Hi Carla, I certainly agree that one of the best gifts is getting to draw. I'm glad I've found the drive to start drawing regularly again this year through IF, and your kind comments to my humble blog has cartainly spurred me on, a very big thank you! May the new year bring boundless joy to you and your loved ones too. Btw, I love the way the colours and your intricate designs stand out in your post this time, very nice work :)

8:21 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Aaah it's poetry. And quite nice with "Keep Your Mind Open" by Kaleidoscope as it happened. Happy New Year.......:::::::::::: )

9:40 PM  
Blogger ratlion said...


Have to say your plan for a 'non-holiday' sounds great..Hope things went according to plan and you got to relax and draw to your heart's content :)

Thank you for dropping by and giving me much valued feedback!

PS: I like the first two best too :)(The first cos' reading in solitude is my all-time favourite thing to do and the second cos' like I mentioned on my blog, I can't seem to get the beach out of my head :D)

Here's wishing you a great year ahead...

11:00 PM  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

Best wishes of joy and creativity for the New Year! Love non-holiday approach, will endeavor to emulate!
Stars embedded in her skin is my favorite -- the starry girl on a wintry day. Just lovely. Lily.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Lovely as usual, Carla! Looks like you made great use of your time off! Have a great un-holiday!

11:58 PM  
Blogger scott said...

gorgeous carla,
that sounds like I am addressing you. I meant it's gorgeous, carla.
my favourite bits are the trees, so stark, and the dress, beautiful dense pattern making, but best of all the stars on the neck. were they planned? they look like they just fell there.
great 'doodle' carla
love scott

2:21 AM  
Blogger Toyebot said...

Wow a year has almost come to an end. Thanks for your blogship and cheers to a new year! Another wonderful piece you've done with unique tools and enough passion behind it to turn the world.:)

2:51 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Really like the detail and the dark background!

3:35 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

hi carla
I think this is great, love the sun and the colors throughout!
Gelly Roll Pens - oh I do love those :)
peace and quiet for the holidays, now that is a great idea!

best wishes to you for a great new year,


7:42 AM  
Anonymous melanie said...

wow, this is amazing. such detail. i bet it is fabulous to see in person.

a holiday from the holidays sounds delightful! happy non-holiday to you! enjoy!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

You are always so observant with comments on my drawings. Thank you for that. I wish you a GREAT! New Year. Keep drawing and being creative.
p.s. We don't celbrate the "holidays" either. It takes a Brave person not to. But the New year, now that is something to really take note.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

gorgeous, gorgeous!! i love it!

happy holiday to you dear.

2:43 PM  
Blogger violetismycolor said...

What an beg off the holidays altogether. Very appealing idea when the malls are bumper-to-bumper and everyone seems so stressed out.

Great use of your new Gelly Roll markers...and I love all the detail!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Maria Antunes said...

I love it, great work! Happy New Year! :-)

4:04 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

I really like the line work and the contrasting colors. Hope you have a great New Year too!

4:23 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Your illo is beautiful. Almost looks 3-D. I really hope you had a peaceful and happy holiday with lots of time to enjoy the true spirit of the season!


6:26 PM  
Blogger garth bruner said...

Wow! That's beautiful! Not only the illustration, but to be able to cut back that much and have a calm Christmas. Sounds like a great thing to do... but might be hard with 3 small children... I'll try it anyway next year!

Good luck with everything in 2006!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Shishany said...

I like your lines...Happy new so glad that you liked ma illo :)

2:46 AM  
Blogger Leezy said...

I'm commentator number 75 - WOW!!!! Go Carla.
This is a beautiful illustration. Those pens sound fun. I especially love your sun - but we both knew that! - and the hidden stars in her dress. Lovely.

Having time on your hands is a true luxury and a wonderful holiday gift. I felt the same way this year about all the hassle, my 'me' time comes in a week or so when I have a whopping nine days off. No shopping, no decorations, no nuthin' Hurrah!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This turned out beautifully! It has a wonderful, aboriginal feel to it. I'm so glad that you and your family have claimed this time for yourselves. How lovely! My best wishes to you and your family in the year to come, and always. :0)

3:37 PM  
Blogger kg said...

i am, once again, floored by the detail in your illo! this is wonderful - i've not used metallic markers, but i'm surprised at how vivid they are on a black background.

though i love to celebrate Christmas and its traditions, i'll admit that shopping for gifts stresses me out and causes me to focus too much on something other than the real reason for celebrating Christmas in the first place. i envy your stress-free (non) holiday and wish you many more stress-free moments throughout 2006. have a wonderful new year!

9:31 PM  
Blogger zorana said...

How beautiful! Can't take my eyes away from her. I wish you a happy, healthy and creative non-holiday and new year!

10:28 PM  
Blogger St John Street said...

this is quite BEAUTIFUL EXCELLENT JOB ON IT !!!! happy new year's and all that good stuff

3:37 AM  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

How do you come up with these wonderful lively images! Happy new year to you!

5:20 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This is most unusual and beautiful! It looks like a tapestry. I must try these pens! Thanks for your nice comments on my holiday contribution as well as the other encouraging words over the past several months. Wishing you the best in 2006!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

She looks VERY Nordic... as though all she'd want to celebrate was shorter nights and longer days. Certainly not big bills in January. My kids were elsewhere this year (it was inevitable as they've grown wings and moved!) so we did what we wanted and no more... little decorating, less baking, some spending, but mostly snoozing and canoodling. I hope I don't get hoodwinked into overdrive by merchants any time soon!

9:47 PM  
Blogger isay said...

happy new year to you and your friends and loveones carla!

10:46 AM  
Blogger Suzy said...

I love this drawing. It looks very Morroccan or Middle Eastern in the floral design on her shirt.

Have a great new year!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Hope I didnt already comment here! Anyway, what a great idea you had here! I think I might consider that next time! This piece is just beautiful! Glad you have time to do it! Not only did you miss out on all that junk that you listed but you were able to make a great piece of art! What a wonderful holiday! Brandi

3:09 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

Amazing detail! It reminds me of embroidery, too. I'll be shopping for those pens today!

8:39 AM  

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