anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Jungle

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Illustration Friday - Jungle

I don't have time to work on a new piece this week, because I am in the midst of grading papers and finishing up the school year. So I guess it's appropriate that I post this silly drawing I did when I was in high school. I drew it with some kind of fine line pen, probably a rapidograph, and then added the color today in photoshop.


Blogger Paula said...

I can say that already at that age you knew what to do. I like this drawing and besides this, I think it's a chetrishes memory.

11:29 AM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

i see u had a great sense of humour then too lol
nice illo.

11:45 AM  
Blogger arvindh said...

I dont think it is silly at all. It looks lovely! And I like the whimsical style!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Paige Keiser said...

I love the pen and ink work in this! Wow, already your talents were showing back then.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

There's nothing silly about this piece. The palatte of colours used, the line work, they are fantastic.You already exhibited an ability for illustration when you were in high school!!!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I find it amazing that some people still have work from high school. I don't

You can definately see your style even back then. And isn't photoshop great to be able to color older art.

Love it, made me smile

1:47 PM  
Blogger carra said...

I must agree with the others - this is not silly at all! I just love the look on the elephant's face, it is p*ssed off, for sure! *giggle* Now then, I wonder what gets to the oblivious human first, the elephant or that smug looking lion? ;)

1:50 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

this is great fun; I love the height here; he does not see the top of the jungle or the elephant because he is so careful where his feet are going

2:25 PM  
Blogger SouthernZonie said...

Love it-charming!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

The style reminds me of Yellow Submarine. Oh, the pre-squish anticipation!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

This is enormously delightful, Carla. I love the color, texture, subject and the curly tusked, smiley elephant.

8:31 PM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

I love this! Wonderful!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Having a hard time posting a comment... those verification letters are being difficult with me (or vice-versa)...

What I've been trying to say is that even though this is from your high school days, your attention to detail and the fine lines are readily recognizable. Beautiful. That elephant seems to be trying to make himself unseen, eh?

May the end of your school year be peaceful and not too chaotic.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Good luck with the grading! This is fun to see your high school work. You definately have talent!

12:04 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This one's funny, Carla! And you've managed to combine the old drawing with your new use of color and style. Very cool!

12:46 AM  
Blogger Shano said...

Although this is lovely, clever, intricate, and intriguing, it is so unlike your other overtly feminine pieces . . . then I read the description. I now must hate you for always being talented, intelligent, and beautiful. High school?! HIGH school? Ugh.

1:20 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I need filing cabinets and a discerning eye. Amazing that you a) kept your previous work(s) and b) could find a relevant one! Elephants DON'T forget, do they?

4:45 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Fabulous! I adore the expression on the face of that elephant and the aninals all hidden in that luxuriant jungle. And the idea of the man top toeing through without boots - your sense of humour was blooming along with your drawing skills!

And the way you've coloured it in gives it the feeling of fabric - would make a wonderful wall hanging

7:40 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

THis is so funny! So wonderful that you were able to pull something up from high school and re-do it with modern touches! Love the colors and especially the humor!

9:52 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

That brought me a smile. I agree that there's something very '60s about the style, the way you've compressed and filled the space and the linework. (And it reminds me that I did something very similar for a yearbook title page.) Very charming.

10:52 AM  
Blogger sammo said...

I like the detail and texture. Good shtuff.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like the tip toe-ing elephant!The detail in the jungel itself is beautiful!Really wonderful as always!Nice to see some of your earlier work!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Heh. Too awesome, Carla. I'm loving the lurkies in the dark, but not as much as that fierce, bipedal elephant.

Thanks for the flashback to teen Carla! Even then you had a great sense for composition, detail and story.

1:34 PM  
Blogger MargaretR said...

The elephant seems to be wondering why on earth that man is carrying his shoes. It's great work.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

I love it. Your playfulness is very contagious. :-)

1:59 PM  
Blogger Rick Lovell said...

It IS silly, and I love it even more because of it! You obviously had a love of pattern and line even at that tender age, and it's wonderful that you've held onto those earlier styles and elaborated upon them in the very sophisticated work you do today.

2:12 PM  
Blogger susan said...

truly fun and full of pattern. love to see work from adult's childhood!
thanks for sharing.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Even then, you were great!

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

So fun! I love all the great shades of green & blue. I really like the knee-socks too. ; )

The Tart
; )

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I could not of done that in H.S, sheesh you were/are so talented. Love the colors you chose in this. The greens and brown shades flow very nicely together.
I totally hear you on the end of the school year craziness. We have 5 more days...5 more days.

6:39 PM  
Blogger kathy welsh said...

Hi Carla!

What a great illustration! Makes me think of a happy children's book illustration; very joyful and fun!

xo Kathy

8:05 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

You have inspired me to look at what I have from high school, although I know the journeys end will turn up nothing this enjoyable. Yes, the ear marks of your gift is throughout this piece, I love the humor and the jungle mystery, I think I spyed a zebra, snake, maybe a hippo or another elephant, tiger, i'm sure i've missed a few sweet exotic creatures. Excellent piece and looks as fresh as the jungle scene you've created!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Love it! You can see your imagination was going full force even back then! Amazing! Brandi

10:43 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Just one more week or so right? I hope you have some fun stuff planned this summer. Not neccessarily going away, but time to relax and do what you enjoy.
I love this BIG elephant. Maggie has a stuffed animal that looks like him!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Cin said...

silly is GREAT, I love this!

11:13 PM  
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11:22 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I so hear ya about marking papers. In two weeks I'll be grading a Bazillion final exams too. Get me outta here!!

11:23 PM  
Blogger hartini said...

Sorry Carla, I haven't checked on your artwork the last few weeks - I've been so incredibly busy! :( I was just looking at your previous posts and was like, gee, I missed looking at these great work! Always wonderful to look at your artwork and leaves me feeling positive :) Your jungle entry is beautiful - I love the colors!

12:47 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

THis is soo cute!! Love your take on the theme!! Beautiful!

1:08 AM  
Blogger Loni said...

Thank you for visiting my site and commenting on my illo. You do very nice work!

1:15 AM  
Blogger miragee said...

This is very lovely Carla!

5:09 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Cool--a sneak peak at some of your early talent! Love all the colors and details.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

What a treat it was to open your page and see something you did in high school! It's fascinating to see the beginning of your line art style developing here, and it's a funny illustration to boot! Hey, good luck grading those papers ~ both of my parents were teachers, so I understand the end of the school year craziness! However, having your summer free must be the most wonderful feeling!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Hah! This is a fantastic piece!!! I remember the days of June as a teacher...sigh...I do miss it!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love all the details in this, layers of them!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Momma Pajama said...

Thanks for your comments. I enjoy seeing your IF entries! I have only started drawing again for a few weeks, and I am reading Danny Gregory's "Creative License." I am realizing how many amazing stories and fun memories are in my head and I want to get them out in drawings to share with my sons and the world.

I wonder, are you near Glastonbury? I have family there.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I've seen several blogs lately with their high school drawings on them....I love to see these! Do you have more?

7:22 PM  
Blogger Momma Pajama said...

Hmm-mmmm...I stopped working as a graphic artist 12 years ago, but I really stopped drawing for myself (not college or work assignments) about 23 years ago. I was super-focused on getting into college and getting scholarships and I started thinking of fine art as "fun" and "not a real career" (sounds very like Danny Gregory, if you've read his book). So I've been a student, an employee, and a mom and wife for all this time and it's taken the big 4-0 to get me to reevaluate that decision. I give all the bloggers at IF the credit for their inspiration. Now I am drawing everyday, somehow.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Oh, I love this! I love the expression on the elephants face:)
He could either crush him or hopefully just steal the explorers bag of trailmix. hee-hee!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...


1:35 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

This is great! We should have a week on illustration Friday where we post our oldest work, too fun.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Stacia said...

I'm very drawn to details and textures...and this image has lots! Nice job on the coloring too. Good luck with grading papers!

8:56 PM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

love the silly drawing… it is fun going back to high school work… i love all the hidden jungle creatures… and what's with the shoes?

9:11 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Hi Carla,
Is he trying to sneak out of the jungle? I think it is fun how you have the elephant being "silent" walking behind him. He needs a big stick! It's fun-love it. Cheers!

5:59 AM  
Blogger Cez said...

woaw..54 comments!!!!
Beautifull it

7:11 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i love that you still have a similar thread weaving through your work! This is fun and happy and I love your line work and colours. I used to love rapidiographs but they were a pain in the tush to clean!!!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Movie Lover said...

I love your style, your colors, and your subjects. Beautiful!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Majeak Ann said...

and you said you didn't have time?? wow..carla...fantástica jungla!! love the eyes coming out of the dark intrigues me!


8:48 PM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Huho! Run little explorator, RUN! :) Funny!

11:36 PM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

waww the colors and the idea are amazing

12:09 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

It's so cool to see this blast from the past.
You can really see the beginnings of your style.

1:19 AM  
Blogger modroom said...

A very deft and daft elephant!! Made for smiling.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

This piece reminds me of my youth watching the old Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom series on PBS with Marlin Perkins. He'd always send his assistant, Jim, out into the wild to get a closer look at whatever thretening beast they were spotlighting that particualr week. Jim, invariably would get chased or slightly scathed by the animal, and Marlin would always comment that he was glad he was in "the comparative safety of the Land Rover". This guy obviously reminds me of Jim. "Watch out!" :)

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

This is Hawesome!

2:12 PM  
Blogger mel said...

wow, you're so talented!

2:26 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

You were talented then, and talented now! What fun to see something you had done when you were in school. I never drew in high school, other than doodling in my notebook when the nuns weren't watching! What a fun illustration, and I'm glad you shared it! Good luck with your grading!!

2:41 PM  
Blogger melanienyc said...

don't you just love looking at some of your old work! this piece is so much fun & adorable! i don't think i have any fun pieces in my high school portfolio! :(

5:18 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

This is so fun! I recall in high school I greatly admired the kids that went around with those Rotring pens and so I had to get some too. But they sure clogged up a lot. Best of luck with your end of the year rush.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Thank you for your kind words on my work again. I can see your style even in this piece of drawing you did at Hight School. Love the different "layers" of the foliage, the shapes of the trees and innocence in the way you draw your elephant. Precious work of art.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

This is soo cute! Can't wait to see what you do for dance!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Lost Aussie said...

Good luck with your end of year papers and stuff. This is pretty mind blowing for a high school kid. My 8th grade art teacher told me to forget art and take up Physics and Chemistry - which I did..wonder why I prefer art now?

1:44 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I really like this, it is very cute and looks like an illo of a children's story--it'd be fun to see what happens next! mary :-)

8:40 AM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Beautiful - may be from the past but it is still gorgeous. You always put so much detail in your art! Lovely!

6:15 PM  

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