Friday, October 06, 2006

Illustration Friday-Trouble

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"Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress." Psalms 25:17

This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "trouble" (heart trouble). Created today, Friday (!) for this challenge.

I thought of my idea, heart trouble. I hacked out a composition in Freehand, then painted the elements (the background, the heart and the bandaid) separately with acrylic, using a textured paper. I added a fibrous tape to the "wall" part of the background and painted over that to get the extra texture. Then brought everything into Photoshop, and adjusted the colors.

One more thing, I wanted "bruised" type colors on the heart, so I Googled the word "bruise" and saw some absolutely horrific bruises! How fun is that???

What do you think?


Blogger Jake said...

Great illo! Love the scripture ref.

October 06, 2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger cjhardy said...

Wonderful editorial comment. Love your use of acrylic and yes, I can definitely see the bruising on the heart. Hope you'll consider this as an image to license.

October 06, 2006 3:51 PM  
Blogger Seth Hippen said...

This is great! I love the textures, and you can't help but ask yourself whos heart that is and how did it get hurt. Maybe I don't wanna know!

October 06, 2006 4:38 PM  
Blogger Tanya Nichols said...

OHHHHH I love it! I absolutely love the texture and the blue grey and browns on the floor...mmmmm...and the message of hope! clapping and smiling!

October 06, 2006 4:39 PM  
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

Wonderful textures and lovely illustration...of course I had to go google the word "bruise" - my oh my! Wonderful job.

October 06, 2006 5:23 PM  
Blogger marcisenders said...

Great concept and thanks for explaining your process. Really interesting!

October 06, 2006 6:52 PM  
Blogger jim bradshaw said...

I'll tell you what I think. I think this is your best piece to date. Nice job. Question: If the heart is despearately wicked, did it deserve the beat down it got? ;D

October 06, 2006 8:07 PM  
Blogger Jessica Wong said...

Heart trouble can be really troubling! But i must say i love the plaster illustration very very much! that's really cool.

October 06, 2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger *DeB* said...

cool intrepretation, nicely rendered..

October 07, 2006 1:31 AM  
Blogger hannes said...

this is very simple and absolutely sweet! i like it a lot.

October 07, 2006 2:02 AM  
Blogger demosthenes said...

i really like this technique you've been using with mixing real textures with digital. great stuff!


October 07, 2006 5:52 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

great work, scott!

October 07, 2006 7:01 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

So tenderly beautiful on several levels.
I like that you quoted scripture and that this can mean so many things. The illustration, texture and your comments are all in tune with the subject. Great job!

October 07, 2006 7:47 AM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

i got your blog, this time via valgart!
interesting work, great textures, excellent mix tech and smart concept...snorkelling is always funny, tnx for your comment

October 07, 2006 8:06 AM  
Blogger Mauricio said...


Great illustration, congratulations.

Have a nice weekend.

October 07, 2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Awwww, a heart in trouble. I like the time you take to explain how the illo came to be. Very nice work!
I used to have a dog like the one you're holding. Her name was Joni (after Joni Mitchell because she had long blonde hair and big teeth!) I had her for over 17 years.

October 07, 2006 9:44 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

This heart could be trying to get some much-needed rest, or maybe has been cast aside, neglected... Whichever it might be, this heart seems to be crying out for attention. I find this piece to be very emotional. Great illustration.

October 08, 2006 7:44 AM  
Blogger aandreuccetti said...

Nice idea and well done rendering. Congratulation

October 09, 2006 2:47 AM  
Blogger Issi said...

I love your art :o)
Best Wishes

October 09, 2006 2:27 PM  
Blogger Salix Tree said...

Great idea, with the bandage. Nice piece of work.
I googled something to do with disease the other day, I was drawing a zombie, and the images were terrifying! I couldn't look!

October 10, 2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I think I like it! I really like how you've created a band-aid like texture in the background, how the composition is wonderfully asymmetrical, and how you shared your process! I just noticed that we share a ton of favorite movies in common! Big Chris Guest fan ~ have you seen the new VW commercial? Nigel Tufnel LIVES!!!!

October 11, 2006 5:45 AM  
Blogger matt said...

Great idea and execution. And thanks for the cool process details!

October 11, 2006 7:48 AM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

I like how the heart is slumping and heavy looking. The textures really convey a wounded feeling too (the band-aid texture gave me a wincing hospital feeling.) This is definitely a troubled heart doctor.

I enjoy reading the process of how you've made each of your illustrations, thank you for sharing.

October 11, 2006 5:54 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

This is really good!!!

October 12, 2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger Loni said...

Nice job! Thanks for the process info too :)

October 12, 2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger Senta said...

This could be so many kinds of trouble...very nice!

October 12, 2006 5:49 PM  
Blogger lucrezia said...

Beaten up, but recovering, I hope! The colors and texture work well-

October 13, 2006 2:55 AM  
Blogger este é o meu corpo said...

heart heart heart.:)

October 23, 2006 10:35 AM  
Blogger clandestinerevolution said...

i love this one. i fridays are my favi. this illustration is simple yet it says it all. i like it a lot.

November 03, 2006 11:55 AM  

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