anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Under the Sea & Inspire Me Thursday - Digital Art

Friday, April 28, 2006

Illustration Friday - Under the Sea & Inspire Me Thursday - Digital Art


Sling me under the sea.
Pack me down in the salt and wet.
No farmer's plow shall touch my bones.
No Hamlet hold my jaws and speak
How jokes are gone and empty is my mouth.
Long, green-eyed scavengers shall pick my eyes,
Purple fish play hide-and-seek,
And I shall be song of thunder, crash of sea,
Down on the floors of salt and wet.
Sling me . . . under the sea.

- Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)


More under the sea stuff from previous IFs ...Depth (illustrator) and Sea (micron pen/colored in photoshop). Click for larger image.


Anonymous krista said...

I like this. It looks liquified. it also reminds me of the work of Salvador Dali.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Beautiful. So much color. I had to stare at it for quite sometime. Kind of mesmerizing! Brandi

9:57 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

This is one of those creepy, dream-like things where you can see a dozen different images. Luscious colours, though ~ soothing, not creepy at all.

10:07 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Krista is right, liquified is the perfect word to describe this unique expression of undersea! It suggests many things! I love it!

10:24 PM  
Blogger Janet said...


10:26 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

Wonderful colors and poem! (I wonder what it was like for Sanburg in the 1800's to sit and contemplate fish under the sea all day; it must have been an interesting life)

11:35 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

It's fascinating. The more I look, the more I see. I love the way light seems to be coming through the blues and greens of the water, filtering through just as it really would. Wonderful!

1:12 AM  
Blogger frank h said...

wow, carla - this piece of art is wonderful
color tones and shadows seem magical

you have created a phantasmagoric world putting together that exquisite poem and your extraordinary image

wonderful! - congrats!

1:37 AM  
Blogger cristosova said...

Fantastic! It truly expresses the magical mystery tour that´s under the sea.
He looks like he is becoming one of the corals, like he is merging ...
It is also incredible how you let the eyes of the fish pop out the sea, there are eyes at places where you don´t know whether it is an eye of a fish or another unknown creature.
Very cool alltogether with the poem.

2:48 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Sing me under the sea! I used to try that with my snorkel!
Lovely colours!

4:05 AM  
Blogger Marie-Dom said...

Oh my goodness. What energy!

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Wonderful ( and artistic) abstract, Carla. Love the poem, too.

4:42 AM  
Blogger susan said...

What a beautiful feeling that this digital painting gives me. reminds me of snorkling or diving and seeing things move by quickly. simply enchanting. and oh oh oh ! carl sandburg. one of my all time favorites! thankyou!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

This is just gorgeous. The flow, the movement and the color.


8:23 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

OOOooh, I love the colors and movement here, so comforting! All so delicately beautiful! Mary :-)

9:28 AM  
Blogger Lu*** said...

wondeful and very elegant!!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Issi said...

Hello Carla :o) You have a beautiful colours I like it, keep in touch, Issi :o)

10:41 AM  
Blogger Katili said...

That certainly is one beautiful piece. Those colours are so tasty and I love the light and glow effects, This is a great illo, I love it.

1:04 PM  
Blogger zordis said...

Very nice and under the sea. I often wonder if the undersea life is similar to the preparation of human life?

Nice illo and my favorite is the Sea one!

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The top one was complete eye candy with all of the vibrant, rich colors. I clicked on it to get a beter view and...WOW. Love it!

I also like your Sea one, I've never seen that one before.
Great job on this weeks illo hon.

1:17 PM  
Blogger scarecrow said...

This is nice work!
It is good to see how the other half lives.

Later, from the stone age painter producing fine cave paintings.


Me and the Babe really had our hands full on this digital gig!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Lovely work Carla...and dang those ceaseless movements of the sea as they always have the mermaid's hair covering their best parts.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Ann Ellis said...

Really stunning work Carla!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

I love this mysteriousness of this. The colors are wonderul. Always something good here Carla.

3:40 PM  
Blogger littlekika said...

I like both.
The colours of the first one are so beautiful.
thanks for your nice comment:)))

4:15 PM  
Blogger firstborn said...

wow! this is amazing!

:) mary ann

6:53 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wonderful! I especially love the one on the lower left, though they are all well done! I love the layered look to the main image. There is much to see, full of meaning.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Kaya said...

Beautiful stuff, I especially like "Sea", it reminds me of Aubrey Beardsley a little, and he's one of my favourite artists.

11:12 PM  
Blogger F L E E said...

wow, a different style this week.
like the flowing motion that you created using layering.
well done!

12:25 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This is beautifully and quietly mysterious! I keep looking at it over and over....I enlarged it, stood back from my screen, then looked at it again. I love that this evokes the movement of the ocean and that there are so many layers to discover. Another beautiful photo collage!

8:47 AM  
Blogger fenris said...

beautiful :) i especially like the sea one.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Pati @-;-- said...

This is beautiful. Carla. Very feminine.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You rule!!!Awesome artwork!and the quote with the piece is perfect!I really love the mermaids also!!

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Jeannine said...

Always enjoy seeing your IF entries. I like how you dig a little deeper and always include a poem, quote, or historical context. This week is no exception! I love all three pieces you've shared. They are all wonderful, but each one is different! The mermaid is whimsical and the colors very soothing. The reclining mermaid with the sun peeking out brings to mind art-deco and is a bit more edgy. Your digital piece evokes mystery and a sense of depth - I really feel that I'm "under the sea".

As always ... bravo!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Chrissie A said...

Beautiful work, Carla! The top piece is gorgeous, even more so in the full-size view.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Carla, All of these are so beautiful. I couldn't wait to get home from our weekend away to check out all the Illo Friday entries. You are as amazing as always.
The poem by Sandburg and the painting you created to go with it are a true match. Excellent!

12:15 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Each piece is wonderful, but I especially like the abstract. I do feel like i'm immersed in a deep other world, beautiful and mysterious, and the feel of the sea is very real. The sea life begins to emerge and take shape as i'm watching. Beautiful work!

1:01 PM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

Ohhhh... I could stare at this for hours. I love it.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Love it! Your style is so unique and intriquing. I want to crawl inside your brain and just hang out a bit. :) The colors on the left mermaid are beautiful, and the diva on the right is simply gorgeous! Great use of line. Clevah girl!

3:27 PM  
Blogger stp-illustrations said...

Very nice work! It´s great!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

What a fabulous visual interpretation of the poem. Love this!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Meant to say the lower right is my favorite, though they are all beautiful!

4:25 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Love the colour depths here, and contrasty with the starkness of the disposed.
I'll have you know
That when I go
Just point me
Towards the sea
Just before you throw.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

great color carla...reminds me of Jules Verne :)

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Meltem Sozer said...

I just discovered your blog. Yes, it really felt like a discovery. Great reads and great art work...

7:55 PM  
Blogger firstborn studio said...


8:05 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

The sea really suits your style and what a great collection of sea pictures you have presented this week.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

Yes! I LOVE it! Is that a hand I seeeeee??? Under the sea is scary to me!!(I had a mirage like thingie happen to me because I got too far out in the sea one ocean vacation, Phew!) but very beautiful!!!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Ooh--love it, Carla! Great colors and movement. Love that Carl Sandburg poem, too! I wasn't familiar with that one!

10:15 AM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the motion AND the emotions is brings...the flow is exquisite! Very nice!

10:51 AM  
Blogger aandreuccetti said...

Well done Carla.
I like your under the sea, beautiful colors and idea.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

A bit a good way. Great concept and poem.

12:58 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Excellent rhymes you've dropped in GoHatGo! The ansewr to your question is in the "Cookie" post comments. ....::::o

1:41 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

WOW!! beautiful illos!! Love the different styles, very expressive and unique in their own way. The top piece is definitly very different and unique, LOVE IT!

4:23 PM  
Blogger albina said...

Absolutely love the poem, and I was very thrilled to see a very different side of Carla in your illo!

4:26 PM  
Blogger melba said...

This is the coolest! The colors and movement. I think someone commented it looks like liquid. I agree. I love art that everytime I look, I see something new.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

The ocean in the first image the water seems to be folding on and within itself, I sense a lot of motion in this.

6:07 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Oh I love how transparent the fish are in the first one and the bizarre movement to it. The second one has the most fantastic hair and mermaid tail - ever! Seriously - ever. Also, the third one has such awesome shapes and patterns. And the colors I really love the combinations. Beautiful illustrations all of them.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Very nice. I esp like the one titled Sea. As always, nice job!

8:02 AM  
Blogger steve said...

These are all great, but that top one is pretty mesmerizing. The poem goes so well with the dark imagery here. Great job once again!

11:48 AM  
Blogger String said...

Very beautiful! I tried to post something earlier but the blogger seems to be having trouble. I agree with Steve, good comment.

3:11 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Wonderful color and movement. Fits so well with the poem!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow! You take my breath away!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Nice display of many styles. Great work Carla! Cheers!

5:00 PM  
Blogger kathy welsh said...

Wow, Carla, intense image and poem! I love Carl Sandberg and am especially enamored of his Rutabega Stories series that he wrote for his young daughters. Some of the stories are so moving and beautiful.

My raven ink blot actually was done from a sculpture I got while in WA. And he IS looking over his shoulder! I used that sculpture again yesterday on a journal entry I was working on. I'm really drawn to raven/crow images.

Anyway, hope you're having a fabulous day and talk soon! Kathy

6:39 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Gorgeous colors, lighting, composition. Althought I can't quite tell what's going on in this piece (I see some figurative objects mixed in the abstraction: a hand, an eye, the fish) the whole is majestic and a delight to stare at on and on.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

You did a great job of tones, light, and mood with this one. It looks very different than most of your work.

3:38 AM  
Blogger Rectite23 said...

You do such beautiful work!

11:46 AM  
Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

This is very different from what I´ve seen from you before, I like it alot, though I cant tell the whole story here...but it seems to me the "Joker" or "clown" has taken his face off?
Deep take on the theme, very nice Carla! - I specially like the fishes, you can almoust touch them!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is quite beautiful and mysterious. I love the luminous fishes

3:19 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Wow! such movement and power, it demands attention, wonderful!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Rachelle said...

I just love the colors! The fish in the backround is a wonderful touch. :D A great illustration for the Carl Sandburg poem.

12:42 AM  
Blogger ...Kat said...

thanks for including the poem!

every time I look deeper into the depths of your piece I see more and more
great illo

add me to its admirers

7:35 AM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Very cool. You're a Pink Floyd fan, aren't you?.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous annax said...

Very lovely! As always glad to visit your blog!


11:37 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

They are all so terrific. Great job!

11:43 AM  
Blogger shoofly said...

nice work, carla! I especially like the first one you posted- very mysterious!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Christine Walker said...

These are wonderful.....after 77 comments theres not much more to be said....they are terrific illos.

1:29 PM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Wow, this is stunning. Love the poem too.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Wow, double wow!

Those colours are so glowing like stained glass or indeed light through water... beautifully done.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Natura said...

Kind of surrealistic, very intriguing and strong. Like it a lot!

12:45 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

I like the way the fish literally float through the illustration. Great colors.
Oh, and great choice of poems.

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Stunning colours and depth on your main piece. I like the two smaller illios too, especially the pen piece. The repetition of the curves really works well.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Leezy said...

You are a true inspiration Carla and you make me want to push myself harder eaxch and every day to explore new ideas and discover my tru inner sefl throught my art. I adore your journeys book and can't wait to get stuck in! The detail in the pieces you created is incredible, and it wasn;t until I saw it up close that I truly could appreciate the magnitude of all those marks, lines textures, colors. Everytime I look at iot again and agin, I can;t stop and I always see soemthing new. Bravo you!
I love all three pieces and my fave is the bottom right hand one. Marvellous!

10:57 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

The contrast in lighting really makes this one stand out. Splendid work!

I couldn't think of anything.

11:01 AM  

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