anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Glamour

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Illustration Friday - Glamour

New snow, clear sky, sharp cold, the hoot of the owl, and the elusive red fox... nighttime in the winter casts a magic spell in all its glamour.

- gel marker and collage on paper.


Blogger kg said...

that foxtail certainly is glamorous!

lovely drawing - i really like the work you've done with the gel pens.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Ian Sands said...

I would like to see a close detail of the moon. It looks pretty cool.


2:21 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh this one is one my favourite of yours ever!

I love the lines, the colours the way it works together and also the slant you've taken on the theme.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Carla this is beautiful! I wish I could think od a more powerful word than "beautiful" because this is beyond that! I LOVE it!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Gise said...

So delicate, so beautiful, love this illo.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

This is really cool. I love the texture. It looks like I could reach out and touch it. Great work.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Your line patterns are always awesome. The mountains have the appearence of sharpness while the collage paper softens the snow in contrast. I've been loving the work you do on black paper. I love the fact that your take on glamour is on nature. I hope you don't mind but you've given me some ideas and inspiration. I just may end up doing something afterall for this week.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Very nice take on glamour!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

beautiful carla - the black background just makes it pop :)

4:39 PM  
Blogger butterfly said...

wow, I got amazed..the colors and your style is so nice...glamourous work!!!

5:34 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I really want to see the texture on the tree and the moon up close -- they're gorgeous -- or should I say glamorous? Speaking of which, that fox has the most glamorous tail I've ever seen! Lovely interpretaion again, Carla.

5:35 PM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

The woods are so glamorous! I love the stars and the details in the moon's face. You can really feel the cold stillness, enough to enjoy the glamour in this place without getting cold. =^..^=

6:23 PM  
Blogger isay said...

love the texture and composition.

very true! i love the winter nights when it is so white and there's lots of stars in the skies. though you have done a great job with the moon-i would prefer it to be in full.

6:26 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i love your unique perspective on glamour and i know just what you mean! So beautiful!!!

7:29 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

So shimmery to me! Love the glam darkness of it.

The Tart

10:25 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

Wow, it's as if I could feel the chilly coldness and the glamour of the stars! Good use of colors and excellent structure!

10:32 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful and magical illo!! Love your interpretation of the theme!!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Tiffy said...

I see glamour in everything on this place. Beautiful!

12:00 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog, lovely piccy by the way.

3:01 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

OOh,awesome! Moon-glamour! I'm thinking about trying an alternate glamour later in the week- hadn't thought about that angle!

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

You've captured the true glamour. Great composition.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

I love your interpretation of the theme "glamour." And this piece is just sparkling with glamour! I especially like seeing the close-ups. Thanks for sharing your talent!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

I love what you can do with a gel marker! These are beautiful!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

ycI love what you can do with a gel marker! These are beautiful!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Katili said...

Elegant. Absolutely elegant. There is that feel of sharp cold really. I love the effectives colours an the fox has pearly glamour.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Raymond Larose said...

I love your use of Gel here! I've never worked with it before, but I think it has a very great look!

12:32 PM  
Blogger kan said...

The details are wonderful. So simple but so effective.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

How beautiful...What a dreamy evening sky. As usual, your work is captivating!

2:30 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

So lovely! It's gorgeous. Gives such a cozy winter feelings. Keep up the beautiful work.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Thank you for the details - they are wonderful each in their own right.

2:59 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

A beautifully captured atmoshere. The crystaline (?) cloak of winter night, and foxes are so tuned. Take too much space to say all the bits I like about it.

3:10 PM  
Blogger isay said...

oh my! they are so beautiful. the details in the moon is really fantastic. is it saying something?

4:55 PM  
Blogger LudaChristian said...

very cool! looks like a wood print, almost.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Just beautiful. You are SOOO awesome with line! I just love it! Brandi

6:35 PM  
Blogger JoE said...

fantastic details! just amazing!

6:56 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

So magical in the most glamorous way!

The Tart & The Fireman!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Now that's winter. I'd almost forgotten what that looked like. I like your interpretation of glamour. I've been trying to think of something and everything I come up with seems hokey. If only our moon really looked like that.

7:10 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Excellent take on this theme. I knew if anyone could come up with something totally original it would be you! It sparkles with beauty!

8:35 PM  
Blogger christina said...

I LOVED seeing the up-close detail. The contrasting angled and curved lines are so striking.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Simply great! Really like the moon and the tail on the fox. Their tails are truly marvelous. Before development set in, my dog and I would see them from time to time on walks here. Miss the sight of them.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Virginia Valle said...

Fantastic work!!! I love the details lovely work!!!

5:02 AM  
Blogger Virginia Valle said...

Thank you Carla ;). I not sure yet is only a test :) and thanks for link too :)

6:14 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

I really like this Carla, such a magical atmosphere to it. Beautiful!

10:27 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Nice work Carla! I gotta get me some gel markers!

12:59 PM  
Blogger vicki said...

Very cool! I love all the different patterns and textures

3:06 PM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

Beautiful work, Carla!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

How cool! At first I thought it was scratch board. Looks like you had fun working on it. It's so sparkly. Beautiful.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

the detail in your work blows me away, every time I come to your site.

And there's so much to take in with each illo, that one can never learn it all.

beautiful work.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fell instantly in love with this one Carla. It truly has cast its spell! I prefer night to day, and wolves are my favorite animals. Gorgeous illustration!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

That last post was from me, Aravis. I don't know why it made me "Anonymous." :0(

5:08 PM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

I love the 'painted by jack frost' lines- lovely and evocative

8:04 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Carla- I just love the texture you achieved and the delicate detail of the moon. Breathtaking!

9:06 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

Really fun art. It looks like the type of art where the entire piece is covered in black and and the images that are scratched off? (I am sure it has a name but it escapes me right now.)

9:20 PM  
Blogger Tintagua said...

Really like the softness of the moon and the tree branches. Very nice...

11:40 PM  
Blogger Isa said...

so beautiful!! thanks for show us the glamour of the nature

5:54 AM  
Blogger Sp00kalot said...

Once again, your art amazes me. Very beautiful, Carla! I especially love the tail of the fox.

This IF topic surprised me. I always thought Glamour was like 'beauty and fame' - I guess because the word glamorous reminds me of movie stars. But after reading the actual defination, it is much more 'magical' than I thought!

See? You learn something new everyday.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Maria Antunes said...

wow lovely as always! I love it! :-)

1:15 PM  
Blogger String said...

I always wonder what you will get up to! Been listening to the foxes howl in our back garden, it's almost spring! I used a bit of gel marker this time too, although mine have dried up! Feels like night, lovely.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Cool pic- looks like an etching of sort. Everything comes alive, as if it were backlit.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

oooo, very nice. gels pens are fun!

6:23 PM  
Blogger zordis said...

Not only glamorous but so romantic at same time. I can just feel the creepy cold and the whisper from the nature! Great take!

6:29 PM  
Blogger Chloe said...

frosty glamour!

11:44 PM  
Blogger diosaperdida said...

wonderful whimsy, Carla!

12:34 AM  

your textures always amaze.

2:50 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

First think I thought of was Women who Run with Wolves... Glamour of a different type.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Love it girl! Strange I felt what you described before reading you post! I am not a winter person but I admire beauty!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Shane said...

A glamourous moon, a glamourous fox, a glamourous crisp still night. All that beauty going on outside, while somewhere in a warm open fire placed log cabin a book is being read and a fine red wine being sipped.

Wonderful work.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

5 words Carla:

*A stunning MAGICAL glamour*

10:01 AM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

youve found a style all of your own carla...and i love it! ;)


dont lose the magic within you now

10:09 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

How different an interpretation of glamour! The fox is exquisite! I must get some of these markers - is there a particular brand you suggest? Thanks for your comments on Ava.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

How lovely and elegant. I really like the effect of the gel markers on a dark background. I have a bunch of those but haven't used them yet. Now I'm inspired!

10:49 AM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Hi Carla, I am the one who's sorry for being such a bad blogger :-).

The thing is that I also find your illustrations full of magic, MYSTIC is definetely a better word.
This one is like something done in a window by the ICE and the Snowflakes.

This weekend was snowing in LISBON, last time it happened I was 7 and sick at home...

11:52 AM  
Blogger Lilly said...

Mysterious, ethereal, could be a children's book illustration. Very nice.

4:06 PM  
Blogger flossy-p said...

Wow, this is so intricate and beautiful! The dots and lines remind me of Australian Aboriginal art, very spiritual. Nice take on the theme too, it fit's well with Ellen's explanation (over at

5:15 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

This is awesome...the lines and the detail!! FANTASTIC!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Lovely. I like how you haven't gone the obvious route! (I went the obvious route).


10:25 PM  
Blogger RedT0pMedusa said...

nice linework.... neat design good detail.


10:36 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

This looks great. I really love it. How long did it take to do this piece? Really great job though.

10:43 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Genuinely evokes that excitement of being in the woods at night! Splendiforous!

10:46 PM  
Blogger Jeope said...

Very nice, Carla.

That's it! I keep seeking this site out each week. That's it!You're getting linked!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

I love that flowing tail, lacy tree and overall feeling of crispiness of your enchanted night. If glamour is in a spell – you did it. Lily.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

along witht he other 80 I think this is unbelievable.

12:15 PM  
Blogger m.b said...

Your fan base is extensive... will you even notice my little comment?! ;) This is lovely, it has just stolen my heart. Wonderful, wonderful job - and nice interpretation; this is absolutely glamourous without being typical. Stunning Carla.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Love the tail on the fox--wait, that didn't come out right. Well, you know what I mean. Wonderful job as always.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Pusha V said...

wow! gel marker!

3:14 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

This a really beatiful work, Carla - the tail of the fox is amazing, must be the King of Foxes!
I liked very much the tress as well and the strong contrast black-white gives a real cold feeling

1:42 AM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Mystical, like a fairy tale...Once apon a time there was a magical woods nestled in a mountian valley. An enchanted fox sometimes appeared at the edge of the woods on clear nights when the moon rode high in the sky.

Are you going to make prints of this one?

9:12 PM  
Blogger carla said...


This one was sent out as part of my book for the Journeys project. I did save a good high res file in case I wanted to make prints, but I'm not sure how well the metallic will come out. I'll have to experiment with it. I was thinking of doing a series of these animals in nature illos for an upcoming show at the local gallery, in which case I would also want to have prints available. I should make some test copies.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

This is really beautiful and powerful. It brings to mind the scraperboard illustrations in the Green Knowe books or books by BB (The Tyger Tray, etc.) - a classic style.

The other thing that springs to mind is that this is a fox spirit - as in Japan - a bit like the animal spirits in some of Miyazaki's work (ie: Princess Monoke).

Succinct, resonant, beautiful!

12:53 AM  

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