Monday, February 12, 2007

Illustration Friday-Crash

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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "Crash" topic.

I created this specifically for the IF challenge. I drew the shapes in Freehand and brought them into Photoshop, blurring them and coloring them to achieve an airbrushed sort of look. I hope anyway. Portraits are not my strong suit, so I want to keep working on them!

I chose to draw Anna Nicole Smith, because she was the recent crash that was heard around the world. Pop culture is fascinating to me, and sadly it was easy to see that this was a veritable train wreck waiting to happen.

What are you thoughts on Anna Nicole? What about the whole celebrity machine??? Come on, spill it.

And is my illustration flashy? Or trashy?

Just for kicks, here are the vector shapes I drew in Freehand. FYI, I drew NO shapes in Photoshop, only imported these shapes, in stages, blurred, colored and added some texture, as in her dress, where I found a sequin swatch on the web, and dropped that in. No brushes were used either. But, this is is not a finshed drawing, only the shapes I drew for Photoshop, so it looks garish perhaps.

The next day or two I'll post a different, more finished all vector version.

OK, here's a finished vector version... I did want to keep some of the harshness, from the original vector version.


Blogger Honor Bowden said...

Nice take on the topic, I really like the effect of your second one. Probably because it's a bit harsher. Oh Anna, it was only a matter of time...

February 13, 2007 3:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree HB top looks more like the flash and show anna the bottom looks more like the crashed anna. nice color work in PS, both well done
michael dailey

February 13, 2007 5:22 AM  
Blogger Kevin Spear said...

Boy this topic was timely with Anna's demise, wasn't it? Both illustrations show she followed Marylyn Monroe a bit too closely. Great illustrations.

February 13, 2007 7:25 AM  
Blogger the enigma said...

the vector is great, the effect felt strong. about anna, well, i never like her...:-p

February 13, 2007 7:31 AM  
Blogger Valaine said...

You did very well with these portraits! They are beautiful! I like the bottom one best for crash because the hard lines and the flashy colors make her look more expressive and more on the verge of crashing. The top is beautiful and soft and makes me feel sad for her. I like them both Great job!!

February 13, 2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

This is great work. although, I do feel sorry for her- she does deserve some peace now. Well done on both pieces! Great!

February 13, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Beautifully done Scott! Really nice airbrush technique! I couldn't help but like her, for someone that didn't have an actual talent she went farther than most.

February 13, 2007 10:10 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

It is interesting that most prefer the vector illo. I like it because it has a more graphic, poster quality to it. Illos with lots of soft air-brushing don't appeal to me much.

great idea here! and you got it right.. a real train wreck!

February 13, 2007 10:53 AM  
Blogger JO said...

Wow, Scott, this is great and a perfect timely crash.

February 13, 2007 10:57 AM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

My vote goes with the bottom one (although placing the break on top of the image instead of behind might give it a torn photo look)...the top is too soft, especially considering the whole of the events...middle seems a bit unpolished...

February 13, 2007 12:59 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

The freehand+photoshop is a softer sweeter feel to it. The finished vector image has the Hollywood glitz with just a tinge of the trashy. I like the vector version much more.
All three renderings have a vibe of their own, fascinating work, very absorbing to view!
Great touch the 'train wreck' necklace, and I feel sorry for Anna Nicole, she was a diversion as paparazzi idols are, I think most people have a need for the lighter, crazier, and find this vicariously through these celebs.

February 13, 2007 1:03 PM  
Blogger Scott Wright said...

Pretty!...and funny...the best combo.

February 13, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

great take on the topic!

February 13, 2007 4:40 PM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

Really good idea for this week's topic! I thought of Anna Nicole, too. I like your work, great job'za.

February 13, 2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

You definitely got the likeness of her. And I gotta give you props for doing a version in vectors! Nice job.

February 13, 2007 8:16 PM  
Blogger Sherry Rogers said...

I think I like the red one the best. You did a great job with getting it to look like her. Sad for the baby left behind. . .

February 13, 2007 10:23 PM  
Blogger buep said...

Hi Scott! You did a great job here. I find the red one the best. It's modern, has character and well, red has something animal...

February 14, 2007 6:52 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

I have to agree I that the red one captures her media personality best. The photoshop version is perhaps the softer small town girl side of her which couldn't handle the celebrity, and led to her ultimate demise.

February 14, 2007 7:05 AM  
Blogger Design Roach said...


I knew if I stopped here I wouldn't be disappointed.

I like the red one the best. Really captures her personalities - oops - I'm mean her personality. Sorry couldn't resist. How non PC of me.

I love the necklace too.

February 14, 2007 11:09 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

I think you've captured the flash of this unfortunate woman. Your Freehand skills always impress me no end.

I was eating lunch at a local greasy spoon the day after she died, and the TV was tuned to FoxNews. The whole 45 minutes I was there, they just kept speculating on causes of death, trying to get people to say she'd been 'unsober' for much of her last months. It's all too sad, and the public's preoccupation with tragic downfalls is the saddest cut of all.

February 14, 2007 4:52 PM  
Blogger Ro Bruhn said...

Thanks for visiting my IF and for your kind comments.
I love your work, I think the red one is very dramatic and well captured. I'll visit again.

February 14, 2007 9:03 PM  
Anonymous catnapping said...

They're all good for their own reasons, but I think I like the 3rd one most.

great work.

February 14, 2007 11:19 PM  
Blogger Tarsila Kruse said...

Well, there couldn't be anything "crashier" than Anna nailed it!
ps - thanks for visiting my Blog :)

February 15, 2007 8:43 AM  
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February 15, 2007 8:44 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Great take on the theme this week. It's unfortunate to see that happen to anyone. The final piece has some great skin tone blending. Nice job!

February 15, 2007 9:11 AM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

I like the third on the most, but I like the white crackles from the second illustration. Great use of bling/typography too!

February 15, 2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

When I saw that this week's topic was "Crash", I immediately thought of Anna Nicole. I like the one of her in red the best, although the crash mark looks a little like a spider to me. I think these would look really cool displayed side by side, in a "Warhol-ish" sort of way.

February 15, 2007 8:14 PM  
Blogger Theresa S. said...

Wow! These are marvelous! You have captured her beatifully. Keep up the terrific work!


February 16, 2007 5:12 AM  
Blogger Mauricio said...


Great illustrations :o)

February 18, 2007 6:44 AM  
Blogger r.prat said...

this is great work! Kind of sad the story behind her....

February 22, 2007 8:08 AM  

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