Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Illustration Friday-Quiet

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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "quiet". This is a tribute to those selfish morons who think it's acceptable to carry on a cell phone conversation during a movie at the theatre.

Drew the composition and shapes in Freehand and fleshed out a bit in Photoshop. Had limited time this week. I'm passionate about the subject matter, but wished I'd had more time... Created specifically for this challenge.

North By Northwest rocks.


Blogger georg said...

You're right, that's important. In Denmark, each cinema starts to say: Remember to close the mobil phones. Do they do that in California?

I think, it's a good image, simply but very expressive, the message is clear.

greetings from georg

October 05, 2006 2:59 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

very cool....great work!

October 05, 2006 5:14 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Teriffic! great concept.

October 05, 2006 5:46 AM  
Blogger Tj said...

Hahaha! When I was in India such ppl would get slapped up. I'm in Singapore now so they just get popcorn thrown at them. Good job! Very, very appropriate portrayal of the theme.

October 05, 2006 6:07 AM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

ahhh Cary Grant, great concept simple and straight to the point, and its just not in movie theaters either. gotta love modern techno gadgets that keep us all connected 24/7/360.
But can i ask what for?

October 05, 2006 6:27 AM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Cool illustration... I set it as my DT background. Thanks for the recommendations, I'll have to check out those flix.

October 05, 2006 6:37 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Yep, you gotta stick movie-going cell phone users out on a deserted crossroad next to a corn field. (Can you hear me now?) We're too used to watching movies in our living room; when we (or a few rude members of the collective 'we') go to a theater, we forget where we are. Great movie, by the way. We have the DVD. That's funny, that plane's dustin' crops where there ain't no crops.
According to movie trivia, Jimmy Stewart wanted Cary Grant's role, but Hitchcock (after the box-office failure of Vertigo) thought Stewart looked too old to play the hero. Cary Grant was four years older than Stewart.
Great post/illustration... all-around inspired piece.

October 05, 2006 6:59 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Don't you think, as a society, we are getting ruder? I mean, no "excuse me" or "thank you." AND the major "rude-anistas" seem to be also a church going bunch that seem to think absolving themselves in church on Sunday allows them to start allover being rude on Monday! Sorry, rude people really make me mad! Lovely piece, BTW! Thank You for allowing me to rant!

October 05, 2006 7:02 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

What an excellent idea to use this very UNquiet scene from "North by Northwest" next to your cell phone caller. I don't go to the movies unless I'm dying to see the film, and this is one of the piece!

October 05, 2006 7:14 AM  
Blogger Buster Fisher said...

Your absolutely right! I love going to the cinema to watch a good flick and I hate those idiots that leave their phones on.
The guy you've painted is twice as annoying as he's also blocking part of the screen while he answer that 'important' call! what a moron!!!
Great illo.

October 05, 2006 8:51 AM  
Blogger the enigma said...

hah, very true! i hate them too. ^^
excellent illo!

October 05, 2006 9:08 AM  
Blogger John A. Walsh said...

North by Northwest does ROCK! And so does this piece! Nice idea.

October 05, 2006 9:40 AM  
Blogger Issi said...


October 05, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger Stacia said...

Love the image - you've captured the ambience perfectly.

Those same selfish morons bring their crying babies and monologue through the movie! When we saw Lord of the Rings, juniors were actually running around the theater! I feel your pain.

October 05, 2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger susan said...

love the movie, love the illustration and most of all love the sentiment. cinemas, stores, galleries, public spaces ... i just don't want to hear a cell phone conversation!

October 05, 2006 11:53 AM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Great take on topic!

October 05, 2006 1:29 PM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

sweet what movie is that!

October 05, 2006 1:51 PM  
Blogger julie said...

I wish Hitchcock were alive to comment on cell phones in theaters, don't you? He wrote a short story called "For all the Rude People." There's a short description here (you have to scroll down a ways to see it):

October 05, 2006 2:28 PM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Nice work, I too dislike intrusive cellphone use. Why is it people are always complaining about dropped calls and poor reception everywhere but in a movie theater?

October 05, 2006 5:38 PM  
Blogger Random York said...

Hey, I dig your illustration! You picked a perfect image and put a twist on "quiet" that never crossed my mind.
The fair was great... it was such a downhome experience. I ate a homemade hamburger at the Luthern Church booth and a piece of homemade chocolate pie and it was so good it should have been illegal! I meant to sketch the folks there because they were so cool and unpretentious but with each bite of pie I became more like them and probably ended up the subject of someone else's sketch entitled "Happy hick eating pie".
I am glad I went, Thanks.

October 05, 2006 7:13 PM  
Blogger Alex Senna said...


October 05, 2006 8:59 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Love your idea here, very imaginative take on 'quiet'. The theatre seats are so realistic and North by Northwest the perfect topper for this piece, and I think that movie rocks to, just watched it. Great stuff!

October 05, 2006 9:01 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I have always loved that movie too! Great idea and so cool that you make pieces for the challenge!

October 05, 2006 9:39 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

I like your controlled, well thought out approach. I can see you have a very good design sense.

October 05, 2006 9:54 PM  
Blogger jim bradshaw said...

Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it. I love old Hitchcock. The Birds is probably my favorite. The scene you chose in NxNW is the best. So surreal the way the plane just shows up in the middle of no where. Nice take on the topic. And why on earth would that be a place for a bus stop. I always thought it was funny about people. What I mean is personal space. Anywhere else the 2 men across the road from each other would be comfortably distant but in the middle of nowhere it was like the dude was weirdly in his face by showing up. Just one of my jimmy observations. Humans are funny beings.

October 06, 2006 5:39 AM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

great concept… maybe the plane will get that cell phone talker in the third row… great movie… a classic…

October 06, 2006 6:49 AM  
Blogger rubio2d said...

Great! Hitchcock rocks!

October 06, 2006 3:37 PM  

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