anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Chair

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Illustration Friday - Chair

I was inspired this week by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres' Grande Odalisque to create a luxurious reclining figure, but in an outdoor setting. Above is the first pencil sketch I did before starting the line details with micron pen.

The term odalisque refers to a female slave or concubine in the harems of the Middle East, especially in that of Turkey's sultan. The odalisque was a favorite subject of many 19th and early 20th century artists, who were intriqued by the exotic sensuality of the imagery they associated with the East. Artists such as Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Léon Gérôme, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres painted many representations of indolent odalisques, and Henri Matisse continued this tradition into the 20th century.

This fascination with the Orient is also evident in the other arts of the time. Poems such as Kubla Kahn by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley depict great Eastern rulers of yore, while tragedies such as Salome by Oscar Wilde, the opera Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, and the musical The King and I by Rogers and Hammerstein all depict Eastern characters and themes.

The above illustration shows my almost-finished pen work. I may add some detail in the dress and background, and then add color with a combination of marker, colored pencil, and acrylic... after which I'll post the final piece.

2/7 edit - I posted the almost-finished piece above.


Blogger LudaChristian said...

ooh-la-la! :) nice work...

10:40 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I can hardly wait to see some colour.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Gorgeous! I would love to see you do a series of rough sketches like your first illo in charcoal. You are amazingly talented.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

I love seeing the process! This is gorgeous, as is, but I'm sure it will come alive with color. The detail is extraordinary, and the simple lines of the original sketch are amazing. Visiting your blog is like taking an art and literature class. Thank you!

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Beautiful pen and line work as always! Look forward to the full colour version.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely illo!! Great to see your work in progress.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Liberty said...

I love the last one best, keep up the good good good work!

11:51 PM  
Anonymous kaya said...

This is beautiful, elegant and lovely!

11:52 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

once again, not only beautiful drawings but wonderful and informative writings that pull me in to want to know even more... great work and I can't wait to see colour!

12:32 AM  

cool to see your process. once again, diggin the detail. cant wait to see the final piece.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

i know it's going to be beautiful in colour, but the line work alone makes this a stunning piece. the black/white would have been enough to make me love this.

2:51 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I'm thinking that women in the Middle East these days are not revered or appreciated in this way.

4:00 AM  
Blogger cristosova said...

Since you name Salome (one of my favorite plays & operas) I have to say your drawing has an Aubrey Beardsley touch to it. I love all the details, the way the tree rind grows, the pattern of her hair. I think it looks great in b&w!

4:06 AM  
Anonymous marc said...

Well done!Carla,beautiful drawing.
Excuse me,I don't know too much English.
C'est magnifique

6:16 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

You have some fantastic patterns started here Carla.
Every week you are starting to do more pattern work in your backgrounds also. Love it. Can't wait to see the color work

6:22 AM  
Blogger Katili said...

Beautiful drawing with sensitive lines. I love the curves, very delicate.

6:22 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow! I can't wait to see the finished work girl! Have a super Sunday!

8:38 AM  
Blogger modroom said...

Good subject and transformed into a landscape balance. It's so flowy and vibrant with growth. Thanks for sharing your work! ...:::D

9:49 AM  
Blogger Shane said...

Thanks for giving us the historical background of the odalisque. It will now make the wait of your finished interpretation of this weeks subject even more of a artistic experience.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Oh, yes, I see Ingres' Odalisque, but I see, too, David's Madame Recamier. Very nice. I hope you post the finished work.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Thanks for sharing your progression on this piece. Beautiful, imaginative ink work-can't wait to see how you color it!

11:50 AM  
Blogger frank h said...

Great text and great art, Carla.
I am a History hobbyist and your lessons are really interesting - thank you very much for that.
In your art work I liked specially that delicated row of flowers on the floor, they look wonderful, alive and beautiful.
The position of the woman, looking at the horizon, solitary, gives to all the picture a nostalgic atmosphere - I think she recalls a little village in the desert or maybe a fishermen village where she grew up...
She is surrounded by flowers and luxury, but is sad.

Very good post!

11:56 AM  
Blogger isay said...

this is already a beautiful piece of art but cant wait for the final with added color.

my sister own a similar kind of chair in the philippines and is made of a narra tree.

12:31 PM  
Blogger kan said...

hello lounge lady...out of respect of your pretty & sleepy IF chair post, I have woven a story including you in my current post. i invite you to stop by and read about yourself!

please leave a comment and let me know if there is more to my story...such a romantic chair illo! reminds me of your mermaid! your details are wonderful.

lovely as always & a treat to see

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Excellent idea to post the phases, It's marvellous to observe the work in its coming to life. Very elegant and well done.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Wow Carla, this is awesome. I just love your work. I love how you always incorporate such great backgrounds. I am terrible with backgrounds. So unique as usual! Brandi

2:46 PM  
Blogger Kiri said...

very nice, i like the step by step process,

5:24 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

It's amazing to see your work through progress! The detail-work looks so time-consuming. I'm more of a hurried "artist" and have little patience for great detail.

Can't wait to see the completed piece.

6:06 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

ohhh beautiful drawing.. cant wait to see it finished too...

btw reminded me of a drawing i made of a girl on a chair like that too lol but mine was indoors.. let me see if i can post that (when i find it lol)

6:40 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...


7:26 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

Stunning! Her "mermaid' like shape looks as if she came out of the water to reflect for awhile.

8:48 PM  
Blogger melba said...

You have the nicest drawings...all the little line details, the swirls and curves. I am so glad to see all the changes to the blog and your site and see you moving forward as an artist. You are a true inspiration.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

Your work is always full of the most gorgeous detail, and I love the lessons you share with us. Wonderful, Carla!

3:11 AM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

Ahh... wonderful.

3:12 AM  
Blogger Shishany said...

Lovely...I like your details

4:01 AM  
Blogger Jeope said...

I love the pen, so this I find astounding. The patterning on the tree-trunk is my favourite part. And don't get me wrong, but I find this plenty complete already (i.e. without colour). But I'm a pen-nut so that's just me!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Carla this sequence is great - lovely to see the growth of the picture.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Thanks for showing how you progress through a work, I can't wait to see the finished piece. There's something I really like, though, about half finished art, it seems to capture the layers that go into a work, which, I think, emphasizes the evolution of art.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous mer said...

great illo and love the way you show the steps. cannot wait to see the finished one.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

You make the Micron sing, Carla.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love the dramatic composition. The patterns are wonderful.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

That is beautiful, with so much detail! It looks like something from another time. "I am Ozymandias, Look upon my chair and despair!"

6:08 PM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

So VERY wonderful! I just LOVE your style! You are amazing!

12:15 AM  
Blogger brandelion said...

it turned out beautifully.

9:24 AM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Hi Carla,

I like to come here and see how your illustration work is turning personal and more beautiful with time.
I am sorry because I am not a frequent blogger but I get distracted by so many things at the same time...

I just read you post I had with the text I stole from Mick's blog, I had lost track of his blog, and it is true about my work.
You are an extremely perceptive person, everything you say about my work is always true.
I hadn't notice what I did till people I didn't know started to saymwhen they met me,that my illustrations had my eyes.And they have my personality and my temper.It is funny but unconscious.
You must be a wonderful teacher,I don't know how you find time to take a careful look to the work of all of us.Amazing!

10:34 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Thank you for again sharing your process. She is beautiful with her curving hips and long flowing hair. Again an amazing take on the topic! I can't wait to see it in color!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Wow, Carla, this is a beauty as is. I'm positive the final will be a stunner! I didn't like this topic, "chair," but you managed to make it anything but mundane!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Nice work...I like how the chair isn't the sole focus of your picture. The scene's inhabited, as it were, and part of a larger world.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Tintagua said...

Carla, this is so beautiful. I love what you do with line and composition.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Captivating. I enjoyed the process so much. There is so much for the eye to enjoy.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is beautiful just as it is (though I will look forward to seeing it in color) I think this is my favorite of your works that I've seen so far.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Diong said...

Wow... Again your attention to detail is inspiring!

1:37 PM  
Blogger indigo said...

you know...I love the simplicity of this version of the illustration - just the black line. Reminds me of the illustrations in Andrew Lang books (you know, the color series). Lovely.

9:31 AM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Beautiful!! ... and, thank you for taking us through your creative journey! I truly enjoy all of your work.

12:33 PM  

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