anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Capture & Inspire Me Thursday - Black & White

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Illustration Friday - Capture & Inspire Me Thursday - Black & White


She captured his imagination from the moment he saw her. Gathering flowers in a sunny field with the breeze gently lifting her hair to glint in the sun, she was so much the image of blossoming life that Hades knew he must have her for his own. One day, driven to action by his fierce desire, Hades charged in his chariot through a gap in the earth, and seized the terrified maiden. Thus Persephone, the beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was brought to the realm of the dead where she became Hades' bride and the Queen of the Underworld.

(micron pen on bristol/photoshop)

64 Comments:

Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Wow Carla, this is most beautiful! I love your literary references which provide the philosophical core of your work.

5:03 PM  
Blogger murphy girl said...

very beautiful indeed! love all the pattern and detail

5:26 PM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

Your work is so delicate, interesting, detailed! Always a delight.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Michele said...

This is beautiful

6:05 PM  
Blogger ~Gina said...

This image is simply stunning! As well, this is one of my very most favorite myths.:)

6:37 PM  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

totally delightful!!

7:10 PM  
Blogger DEW said...

Outstanding! And I LOVE that myth! Great job.

8:34 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

This is beautiful! I am really impressed by the black background one!

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Lovely, very elegant.

11:19 PM  
Blogger stacey m said...

wow carla, this is absolutley beautiful! i love all the detail!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

Ooooh, lovely. I really like the image, so elegent, and the black and white reversal just gives it so much impact.

12:01 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

It's impressive, clever and lovely that you can combine so many passions in one piece! Your passion for writing, mythology, literature, teaching, women, painting, IF, Inspire me Thursday and I'm sure there are more but you can see where I'm headed. Pretty amazing what a multi-dimensional post and person you are!!!

12:19 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I like the way you've chosen to depict Persephone's duality. Beautiful work. I also like that you've chosen to keep this simple and B&W. It's very effective.

1:32 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Wonderful image, and I like it both ways. Bravo!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Frivolitea said...

Your image is beautiful. I love the detail work. Plus the myth is a perfect take on the "capture" theme.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Ces said...

I love the details. Very inticate and very gentle.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Momma Pajama said...

Carla, this is wonderful! Exquisite details with your penwork! I'm still stumped for an idea on this one...

9:41 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

really a great drawing! :D

9:44 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

OOh!Lovely! Great idea to use Persephone, too! I think the mythologyand the image fit particularly well this time!

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the intricate motifs.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous James said...

Splendid.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Persephone said...

This is beautiful, Carla. And of course I love the Persephone myth. It's very deep and rich and your drawing has really "captured" that.

12:20 PM  
Blogger bruno côrte said...

This is very beautiful
*

1:53 PM  
Blogger ragazzahelena said...

one must admit that good literature and good visual art goes perfect together...

beautiful Carla.

hugggs,

h e l e na

3:17 PM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

wonderful detail!!! beautiful!

3:19 PM  
Blogger tusen said...

I'm sorry to repeat what everybody says, but it's sooo beautiful

3:24 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

So beautiful! Hope you end up painting this one too! Your last painting was wonderful!

10:12 PM  
Blogger cocos said...

Elegant and breathtaking. Wonderful attention to detail.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Christy Beckwith said...

This is beautiful. One of my favorites so far.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

beautiful, so intricate and delicate the black and white seems perfect!

2:29 AM  
Blogger String said...

Oh great, one of my favs so far, I wrote a book dedicated to them both - lovely imaging. I just read your 'about me' again - isn't it true how our jobs can take us away from the very thing we love even though they may be closer to it than most jobs? Blogging has been great.

2:48 AM  
Blogger firstborn said...

this is astonishingly brilliant!

i always enjoy your imt entries!

smiles,
mary ann

7:26 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Just one of her would have been overwhelmingly beautiful, but I just adore what you've done with the negative image. The two meet and make such a compelling image! I'm amazed at how quickly you produced this. She looks as though it could have taken much longer. And the commentary of course ties it all together wonderfully!

10:01 AM  
Blogger BGOZ said...

Very lovely illustration. It reminds me of Aubrey Beardsley, very cool. I like the field represented in the dress, I am guessing in relation to the Persephone reference. And, the idea that the negative image represents the underworld, perhaps as a reflection of life, or would life be the reflection?

:)=

2:24 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

I love the negative image...really cool carla!!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

I am always in such awe of your ability to draw such fine detail work.

This is just beautiful.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

oooh, i think i like the white on black best. the detail seems to glow from there.

3:51 PM  
Blogger melba said...

What a wonderful piece. Your attention to detail is Amazing!

6:33 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Carla,
I just received this weird "mail undeliverable" email with your name on it. I sent an email out to the justBe... team yesterday and I am just checking to see if you received it. Did your email address change? I got your contract today. Thanks
Hope you are well.
XO,
Melba

6:50 PM  
Blogger The Dark Lord Omz said...

beautiful!!! Infinitely better than my attempt. Wow.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Cez said...

great job carla!!! beautiful details!!!

11:07 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Stunningly georgeous!!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

lovely idea, carla!

1:11 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

wonderful; I could see these on the sides of different vase; a grecian and a roman perhaps? Didn't the grecian vases use a lot of reverse?

2:05 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

This is so beautiful!

I was in an art store the other day.
I saw the silver/white Gelly Roll pens & thought of you!
Amazing this bloggy world.

Smooch,
The Tart
; )

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Paula said...

I find these wonderful, Carla. They work splendidly for Capture and Opposite, too.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Hi Carla, I miss my blogging friends.
I LOVE it when you do this type of art work.
I always get the feeling you really get relaxed and in the zone of creating when you do this pattern work.
And it looks so fantastic in B & W.
Thank you again for your kind comments on Ginny.

8:16 AM  
Blogger letile said...

beautiful! Love the line and the mirror-image effect. Plus, I love Persephone's legend. Thanks.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Love the details and elegant pattern!! Wonderful work with a touch of mystery!

10:26 AM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

i love always your illustrations very niceee

4:15 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

All the beautiful detail and the graceful undulating lines! Stunning!

4:27 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

My dad was a wonderful pen and ink artist, he rarely used color, and then just washes, and a bit of watercolor work from time to time. I think of his gift often when I come to your site.
I am always in awe and a bit jealous I think of the beauty and fine detail you bring to the themes so often with not one dab of color in many of your pieces, and yet when you use color, it's lovely and so skilled. Your work is beautiful and the myth makes it all the more interesting.

4:49 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the twin images. . and I love the myth you choose. I was going with a painting I had of Ganymede - but I just could not get a good picture. . sigh. So it makes me happy that you covered the myths and so beautifully!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

great illustration… they create an arrow pointing to the underworld… poor persephone…

9:19 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

She really must be seen large to properly appreciate the detail. Are you sure you have to go back to work in September? :) Oo -- I see a new website link on your sidebar. Can that mean new website content? I'm off to check...

1:58 AM  
Blogger Lea said...

thanks again for your lovely comment..

and a beautiful peice by you ..as always

2:08 AM  
Blogger Kala said...

The tale of Persephone has always been a favourite of mine, you have illustrated her beautifully!

3:06 AM  
Blogger Judy Scott said...

oh my goodness I'm comment 58!!!!!!! ........ only one word lol........
BEAUTIFUL, Jx

3:35 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Beautiful, delicate renderings, Carla. You have such an eye for the fine details.

4:50 PM  
Blogger hobo divine said...

beautiful!!!!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

It is my favorite tragic tale of beauty and the beast.

Isn't it amazing how completely different something appears from the opposite point of view.

12:18 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Beautifully done!

1:54 AM  
Blogger khya said...

Wow, this is amazing, soooo much detail, sooo much to see! This must have taken ages! I think this is the technique of yours that I like the most!

4:04 AM  
Blogger Ray Frenden said...

I'm always a little behind on comments. I tend not to comment on the current set of images in an effort to NOT solely post to drive traffic back to myself.

I like a lot of your work. The paintings are especially nice with lots of smart color choices. The lineart, here, is great. Most of my work would fall into that sort of category as well. Between this and your self portrait, I'd like to see more.

8:28 AM  

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