anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Cake & Inspire Me Thursday - Word Art

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Illustration Friday - Cake & Inspire Me Thursday - Word Art


It's almost June, and the big wedding season is upon us! Soon the curtain will come up on the glorious pageant that's been months, even years in the planning. The bridezillas have made it through buff bride boot camp and are happily flexing their toned triceps in the mirror. Ah...perfection! This big day is just the beginning of a perfect life where the stakes are always high; but it's well worth it, because she who dies with the most cake wins...

I am doll eyes
Doll mouth
Doll legs
I am doll arms
Big veins
Dog bait
Yea they really want you
They really want you
They really do
Yea they really want you
They really want you
But I do too
I want to be the girl with the most cake
I love him so much he just turns to hate
I fake it so real I am beyond fake
And someday you will ache like I ache
Some day you will ache like I ache
I am doll parts
Bad skin
Doll heart
It stands for knife
For the rest of my life
Yea they really want you
They really want you
They really do
Yea they really want you
They really want you
But I do too
I want to be the girl with the most cake
He only loves those things because he loves to see them break
I fake it so real I am beyond fake
And some day you will ache like I ache
Some day you will ache like I ache...

"Doll Parts" by Courtney Love

(mixed media & photocallage)

68 Comments:

Blogger Caroline said...

Now that's a very determined expression - cake must be a strong force in her life - though she looks very elegant despite that! I love the way you've worked with the words here, and her colour co-ordiation is superb!

(word veri says "diotfew" - perhaps a suggestion that its because she has had so few cakes in her diet that she is so keen on it?)

5:33 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

My father made no requests or impositions about my wedding, except could we please NOT do the whole "bride cuts the cake" and garter crap. I had no problem agreeing, though of course my wife DID throw the boquet.
How proudly your lady stands, ready to get all the cake that's coming to her!

6:19 PM  
Blogger . said...

She certainly looks like she could eat a few pieces ;) I also love the thin smooth lines, the swan neck, the jawbone, the eyebrows.

The picture and the poem make me question the way people get married these days. For some people it is a bussiness move, for others it is like a hair cut. It is very strange what love has become.

6:43 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Your lovely illustration and the Courtney Love song strangely put me in mind of Marie Antoinette: Let them eat cake!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Very elegant!...Love the vibrant yet soft colors!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Ooh, creepy!!

Cake and bridezilla biceps don't go well together(don't ask me how I know this).
Doll's eyes...
there's a wildflower around here by that name. The berries do look a lot like doll's eyes.
Poisonous...

9:48 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

You are so clever doing both challenges in one. It is so perfect and elegant.

7:21 AM  
Blogger firstborn said...

how cool! ditto what teri c. said above...

:) mary ann

7:47 AM  
Blogger Jeff G said...

A bride with a mission... I like this one Carla!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Oh, I like it!...and her determined face.....

9:46 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

What a great take on both challenges! This bride, although beautiful, looks like she fits the 'Bridezilla' profile oh too well. I wouldn't want to be the wedding planner if anything went wrong!! I love the soft pink background with the hotter pink hues. And where can I find those earrings? :-)

10:35 AM  
Blogger Angel Devil said...

Really lovely illustration work. And the invite in the background is nice touch. She rather looks like some of the hard core New York Brides I've met, during my days sculpting sugar decore for shmancy wedding cakes. I think you captured the whole bride thing perfectly.

10:41 AM  
Blogger susan said...

great work on the bride carla... i think the courtney love piece works so well with this. very very very appropriate!
the text is a wonderful layer to the work as well. i like it!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Carla,
I cant begin to tell you how wonderful this image is! First- it made me think of when I was getting married. It brought me to a quote I learned during engagement encounter " A wedding is a day - A marriage is a lifetime" In times when many look at the surface of having a wedding it seems the value of marriage gets lost! An elegant image contrasted against thought provoking words! Beautifully executed!!!!

1:55 PM  
Blogger zoti said...

This is a very determined bride, I think the hair and the background is perfect, and the boquet is lovely.... I didn´t have one in my wedding.... and no cake either....

3:37 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Great spring colors in this piece. The composition is great with the woman way off to one side! Brandi

4:41 PM  
Blogger arvindh said...

Excellent. beautiful piece!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

Beautiful piece! ( I am secretly addicted to Bridezilla show - I wonder how they end up married anyway after acting like such an horses *&^ to everyone before the wedding, it is like a very bad car wreck, but I can not look away)

6:32 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow I always come away full! have a great week girl!

8:50 PM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

carla… the thought behind your work is always amazing… love the courtney love song with the bridezilla story… very apt… the illo is wonderful too…

10:19 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Absolutely beautiful! The look of detemination on the bride's face is perfect...and, her hair is outstanding! I love how you came up with your illustration...the song and the "bridezillas." Fantastic job!

11:36 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Ah weddings. My cousins were bridesmaid-zillas in my wedding so I can relate to this. My cousin was 14 when I got married (I was 22) and she was angry with me that I was getting married before she did. (Ridiculous when you consider her age, or really just ridiculous in any circumstance.) I imagine she was a bridezilla during the prep for her wedding, but thankfully, I was not in that wedding.

Lovely illo Carla, very tongue in cheek, which I enjoy!

11:41 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I guess she was 16 in my wedding come to think of it. Perfect age for a Zilla really. ;)

11:44 PM  
Blogger kat@ohmtastic said...

that is gorgeously rendered. nice smug looking bride! the determined pout makes all the difference.

and still makes a beautiful card!

1:13 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

This is a sophisticated view of the big bride dream! i love how you used this Courtney Love song too! A beautiful rendition of a slice of cake!

1:49 AM  
Blogger Lost Aussie said...

She is lovely, the bright red lips accentuated amongst the rose and green hues. Oh..to have your finesse with the pen!
xox
Marie

3:20 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Brilliant Carla! I was out for this weeks theme of cake but you, you got it and with style. I love this. The clean lines, the simple elegance of it all, the romantic colors. Perfect!
Really nice work.
a.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Honey, you got all the cake you need. :-)

Great piece as always!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Isa said...

very elegant womand :)

12:05 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Love the colors and the details of her headpiece are beautiful.

Wonderful.

12:20 PM  
Blogger cristosova said...

Very brilliantly poignant!

12:51 PM  
Blogger ratlion said...

Like the expression on her face -she looks determined :D...

Thank you for always taking the time to drop by with a few encouraging words and thoughtful/sincere feedback! I truly appreciate it...
:)
Cheers

2:19 PM  
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

Wonderful, I attended a wedding on saturday and this looks almost exactly like the bride. Your colors even match - she had a pink, peach, and yellow color scheme.

Lovely illustration, it's heartwarming.

2:25 PM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

very elegant and wonderful flowing lines.

6:17 PM  
Blogger kathy welsh said...

Hi Carla!

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos of my new studio space. I can empathize with your couch situation; I spent months, maybe years, trying to figure out how to make this room work, and finally one day it just clicked. I know you'll come up with a great solution for your dilemma!

Good luck and happy creating!

7:31 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

What an interesting mix of imagery from you this week. A very Audrey Hepburn and classy lady matched up with the very bold and in your face Courtney.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Beautifully rendered with dazzling colors, as usual, Carla. Thanks so much for your comments about Mrs. Trowbridge's journal. I DO plan on bringing her back as soon and as often as possible...I just wish I didn't have so many projects going at the same time. I feel like a one-man factory.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

This was an interesting post. My wedding was not at all traditional and I am glad for that. I wanted a fun wedding-not a stuffy bridezilla type event. I first thought of Marie Antoinette when I saw your illustration. The Courtney Love song is a great tie in as well. Great job! :)

6:48 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

WOW! You are a real illustrator in that you tell an entire story! BRAVO as always!

9:08 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Fantastic take on "Cake" here Carla. I've got nothing against marriage myself but yeah, there sure is a lot of b.s involved sometimes--it makes you scratch your head at times. Great work once again!!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

haha! bridezilla. I love it! I had a friend who once worked in the bridal registry at Target and she had some stories to tell about the greedy grasping demanding brides to be.
I've never liked the idea of registries and prefer to pick something out on my own, something unique.
Anyway your illustration is lovely as always. the beautiful bride has a suitably haughty look I think.

2:10 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Oh man! I thought I commented on this ages ago!

I love it! The colors, image, song all work so well together. Beautiful!

I heard on the radio the other day, a bunch of women calling in to answer the Dj's question: How inportant is a BIG diamond ring? Every one that called in said that there better be a BIG ring or don't bother asking. It made me shiver in disgust. What happen to falling in love and just wanting to be together no matter what?

3:26 PM  
Blogger melba said...

This piece of your art (your heart), these words...I feel you revealed something of yourself here and I just love it. Love the picture...you are so talented that it is a given for me to say (but we all like to hear compliments even if they are the same ones over again, if they are sincere that is...which mine are)
I love your choice of song. I get you. I do more than ever.So nice to make that connection!
:)

4:57 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

WOW. You always provide so much food for thought - bad pun I know. An amazing job as usual. I never got the whole wedding cake thing. I didn't even have a cake. Or a diamond ring. My sister had carrot cake; it was good.

I have to admit I love watching Bridezillas!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

Wonderful - what is it about weddings that bring out the bridezillas? Somewhere along the line, we've gone wrong. Your illo is beautifully delicate. Thanks for visiting me again :)

7:24 PM  
Blogger Gabrielle said...

LOL at bridezillas!
I always wanted to be the girl with the most cake too, but I don't have the chutzpah that Courtney has, so I think, I'll just stuff my pockets and run ;o)

9:13 PM  
Blogger wynlen said...

Fun idea, and very elegant illustration!

Anette V. Heiberg
www.wynlen.no

6:09 AM  
Blogger navylane studio said...

so striking... gorgeous!!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Hotwire said...

ah, bridezilla, i remember her very well and the C Love song reminds me of her as well (the CT one a couple of years ago - remember her??). however, your illo seems too refined to be her!!

12:43 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Could almost be a kind of national anthem these days. You always have a novel take on the theme each week, always thought provoking, and this I think-at least for me you exemplify with this piece of work. She's beautiful, hard as a rock, wants and knows she deserves it all, takes no prisoners, it's all in the eyes. Ah, and her amazing hair, the lovely invititation, the words of the song, come together to create a beautiful piece of work. Wonderful!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful and elegant!!

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

"Let them eat cake!"

Love her hair-do, in Texas we call it an UP-DO!
Fabulous darling.

Smooch,
The Tart
; )

5:58 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

You never cease to amaze me with your illos . . . And your vast knowledge of all that is scholarly- And now pop culture. ? Wow girl!

6:07 PM  
Blogger JO said...

Carla, your illos are amazing. I love the "Doll Parts" one of my favorites. Thanks for the comments on my Garden page. No the dragonfly is a sparkly sticker; and my garden does smell amazing. I'm sitting by a window and the night blooming jasmine is in bloom it warm and wonderful.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

Great piece. I also loved that song...!

12:46 AM  
Blogger Lu*** said...

Excellent combination, pretty image for lovely Courtney Love song :)

3:41 AM  
Blogger Judy Scott said...

Amazing illo, amazing words.
You are a genius. Jx

thankyou so much for your comments you totally got it x

3:49 AM  
Blogger mbc said...

Great illustration. I love the incorporation of the elegant words in the background. The bride looks like the stereotypical "perfect" bride (and we all know noone is really perfect!). Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Irwin Borjas said...

cool style

3:46 PM  
Blogger Nancy Maxwell James said...

this is so gorgeous!
I love your style!

3:50 PM  
Blogger doodlegirl said...

Carla, this is beautiful. I always love how you do the greatest hair with all the various lines and textures! Great work!!!

5:09 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

This is so beautiful and classical! I love how delicate it is, especially the flowers, and the light lines around her shoulder.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Christy Beckwith said...

Carla I've read a lot of your comments on my blog as well as other peoples. I just have to say you are quite possibly the sweetest person ever. Thank you for your wonderful attitude and kind comments.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

"Girl with the most cake"... is that anything like "he who ends up with the most toys wins"? This is very elegant. I like the contrast between the bride and the background, flowers and hair.

Thanks for the comment on my cake illo... yes, after I wrote 'peace,' I thought, "D'oh... 'piece!' Of course!"

11:06 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Quite a determined expression on her face. Original and well done..as usual.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

This is so elegant and original, I can't get over how you put so much thought behind everything you do and say, you must never sleep! Best wishes, Karen

2:41 AM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

How very elegant and what lovely colors. Gorgeous as always - I love the words in the background. So delicate and then with the Hole lyrics - fabulous. You really come up with the most wonderful posts!

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Chrysti said...

LOVE this!!!

6:56 PM  

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