Friday, March 16, 2007

Illustration Friday-Total


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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's topic "total". Created today, specifically for this challenge. Drew the shapes with pen and paper, painted a background, and compiled them in Photoshop.

What do you think? Feedback is encouraged!

Also, posted last week's entry for "wired" really late, and it goes along with this one, so check that one out too.

And lastly, I went whale watching a couple weeks ago and saw humpbacks breaching. Got one photo of that, plus some other good shots, so if you're interested to see those, go here...

Whale pics

64 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

Wow, powerful and somber illustration.

March 16, 2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Sherry Rogers said...

Hey I really like last weeks and this weeks. Great series! The colors work realy well together!

March 16, 2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger Mac McRae said...

Very Strong Concept!
I like the chalky textures.
Seems he is counting the days in prison.
Great work!

March 16, 2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger JO said...

This is a really great total image. Nice work.

March 16, 2007 2:19 PM  
Blogger Mauricio said...

Hello Scott!

Uau, This illo is very strong!

Weel done, congrats.

P.s I saw the wales, great :o)

March 16, 2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger Debbie Egizio said...

These are so impactful! He appears so melancholy in both images. In wired he seems to be reaching for the scissors and it looks to me as if it would take so much effort to overcome the pain of moving even if it means freedom. For Total the image gives me the sense of counting down the days until he is free from some sort of prison. If he could just reach for the scissors and cut the wires he would be free. Amazing work and so thought provoking!!!!!!! I love it!

March 16, 2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger bookbabie said...

Hmmm, I think I'd love to see this as pick of the week!

March 16, 2007 2:46 PM  
Anonymous get zapped said...

This is spectacular! Is says so much so simply. I love how you combined mediums and the color scheme. Very nice work!

March 16, 2007 3:31 PM  
Blogger giggles said...

Wonderful expression, very pensive! Love the color, great combinations! Last weeks wired is great too! Thanks for sharing your whale photos, they were magnificent!

Peace Giggles

March 16, 2007 5:00 PM  
Blogger Deb Johnson said...

This is how I feel sometimes...this guy needs to know that the somber colors in his world today will eventually get brighter :)

Nice work...very nice, indeed.

March 16, 2007 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the thing about your most recent work (wired and total), is that the guy makes me sad.

KimStankewich

March 16, 2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Great work! I like how you left this image open to interpretation too. I'll have to check those pics out then.

March 16, 2007 8:23 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Somber, powerful and strong. Great piece Scott!

March 16, 2007 11:45 PM  
Blogger *ItkUpiLLi* said...

WOW! I like it. Very powerful indeed!

March 17, 2007 3:09 AM  
Blogger isay said...

counting while passing time or he was trying to concentrate on something and starting to count....wonderful illo!

'love your whale photos.

March 17, 2007 3:37 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

very cool, it makes me wonder what he's counting. and i like the whale photos too! was in south africa last year and saw many whales doing the same thing. ;-)

March 17, 2007 6:28 AM  
Blogger md said...

seems hes a prisoner marking his time nice illo

March 17, 2007 6:39 AM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

We sat here for awhile putting different interpertations to this. Finally, my son and wife agreed he was counting down the days for his favorite band to be at the local arena. Nice work.

March 17, 2007 7:05 AM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

very intense work! I like the asian quality that comes with it...it also reminds me viet-kong prisoners....
tnx for stopping by

March 17, 2007 9:25 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

awesome take, scott! cool work.

March 17, 2007 10:02 AM  
Blogger Pati @-;-- said...

Hehehe... I really like the way you illustrated this week's topic, Scott :)

cabanadigital.com

March 17, 2007 11:20 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Wow! What the hell did you do? :)

March 17, 2007 8:01 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Great expressive moood!

March 18, 2007 12:42 AM  
Anonymous fab said...

Hi, thnx for visiting. I checked out your 'stuff' (again) and I really like these last to. Great style and a good character, you should use him again!

March 18, 2007 1:11 AM  
Blogger A Sepia Colored Photo said...

wow.. thats a nice idea. im a little speechless

March 18, 2007 12:11 PM  
Blogger suana said...

I really like the graphic element combined with the figure!
Very strong illustration !

March 18, 2007 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Kaija said...

wow good idea! I love the background and the colors- it all works great together. oh and thanks for stopping by my page- yep, you answered right!

March 18, 2007 1:45 PM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Very good drawings. What is your subconcious trying to tell you? :)

March 18, 2007 5:26 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

I looked at your "wired" post again and realized I got it wrong, it looked to me he had been cut free, but no he was stilled wired. Well he is unwired now, but not free it seems. He looks like he's trying to tell the viewer something, hundreds of; days, years, ideas, I don't know- very intrigueing. Beautiful!

March 18, 2007 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

This is so good - the combination of computer and hand drawn wonderful. The story this illustration tells is very moving.

March 19, 2007 2:08 AM  
Blogger misterhow said...

Love the combination of traditional and digital media. Thoughtful content that tells a story--well done.

March 19, 2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Awesome Scott. I can think of a few different stories, love the mood!

March 19, 2007 1:27 PM  
Blogger Tanya Nichols said...

adore the painted background...thanks for the comment and always love to see that cute pooch of yours in your avatar!


last weeks wired was quite emotional.....wonderful and love the sketchy lines on the outside of the paint...

March 19, 2007 2:35 PM  
Blogger pangolin said...

i like your muted colour palet. Really moody. hey - thanks for stopping by...

March 19, 2007 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Helen said...

Very, very nice. I wonder what he's totalling up, but it's clear that whatever it is, it doesn't really matter... nicely done.

March 19, 2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

As it was loading down I started to think..."that passes for advanced math in a lot of schools"...but then after it finished I got more of the 'stuck in prison feel'...very moody...and why is it your verification words tend to be the longest ones on the planet...

March 19, 2007 7:06 PM  
Blogger marcisenders said...

Great style. It definetly has a moody feel and the chalkboard textures are very effective. I also like how the chalkboard doesn't have an edge, so the guy can go on counting forever and forever!

March 19, 2007 9:02 PM  
Blogger Greg Hartman Illustration said...

Nice work Scott...I like how your WIRED and TOTAL look like they are from the same series!

March 19, 2007 10:49 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Very cool work, love both Wired and Total. I think it's the muted colours that appeal to me as well as the way it makes you think- where is he (prison?) and what is he counting (days?).

P.S. thanks for your comment on my blog

March 20, 2007 4:37 AM  
Blogger dahlgirl said...

i really like the somber dreaming feel to these last two pieces. and the way you've layered the textured background with the smoother lined figures is great.

March 20, 2007 8:00 AM  
Blogger RonniHall said...

this illo has a zen-like feeling to it.

March 20, 2007 9:15 AM  
Blogger fortwertz said...

Thanks for stopping in, and I'm glad I returned the favor as many of these illustrations are quite nice. Sprout and the latest two interest me the most -- the combination of real media into digital platform is really effective. Nice work!

March 20, 2007 10:31 AM  
Blogger billy said...

i like the combination of digital and traditional. i believe that is the best way to really make something look new and fresh. good job!

March 20, 2007 1:59 PM  
Blogger ben c. said...

solid! and thanks for the comment. silkscreening is a ton of fun, you'll never want to print anything with a computer after you learn.

March 20, 2007 6:21 PM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

I feel claustrophobic! He's running out of wall space. Then what happens?

Strong illustration, and I like the textured background. Cool whale pictures too. I especially like the tugboat.

March 20, 2007 8:55 PM  
Blogger franci&mini said...

molto bello !
i like it

:-)

March 21, 2007 12:27 AM  
Blogger esillustration said...

He counted a LOT of jelly beans!....but where did they all go!?!?! In his belly!? He didnt even give me any!!

March 21, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

I can "totally" see this as the pick of the week. I love the simplicity of the concept and the illustration.sprite4604

March 21, 2007 1:48 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

wonderful clear concept. and pssst.. I enjoy the outlining that pulls your figure outwards.

March 21, 2007 4:04 PM  
Blogger Andrew Thornton said...

Somber indeed! What a haunting image. Whether a castaway or a prisoner of war... a very impacting image. Nicely done.

March 21, 2007 6:56 PM  
Blogger cricri said...

this is a total i didn't think about. looks great! uh uh...and i love the whales. u should draw them :-)

March 22, 2007 2:25 AM  
Blogger marieblu said...

thank you for appreciating my work
i feel better as i work in a little town close to verona and trying to
work better every day
i appreciate more and more when compliments come from freelance and good worker as you are
good luck from italy
marie

March 22, 2007 4:12 AM  
Blogger Jeff G said...

Hello!
Your last 3 blog illos have a terrific editorial style. Strong colors + bold style. Great work Scott!

March 22, 2007 5:35 AM  
Blogger MVillos said...

thanks for visiting! great piece. I really like the concept and texture you've created...

March 22, 2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger adrienne trafford said...

this is very moving - i love the "cut paper" feel it has...

March 22, 2007 11:19 AM  
Blogger BadMammaJamma said...

I like your take on the theme...the colors and composition work well together with your main character's situation. Nice job:)

March 22, 2007 2:58 PM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

I really like the style you've used for the past two submissions. Nice stuff!

March 22, 2007 7:56 PM  
Blogger Sycla said...

Your piece makes me think the guy is trying to quit smoking for some reason...

Well done, man!

March 22, 2007 8:40 PM  
Blogger *Peruvian Princess* said...

you've really captured a feeling here. Solitude, peace, concentration. Makes you feel like ...living in ...china or something...

March 23, 2007 11:20 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

This makes you feel like the guy is in solitary confinement, chalking away the days! Impactful and well done! Love the whales too!

March 25, 2007 11:08 AM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

A powerful image. It seems to invite a short story to go with it.

March 25, 2007 9:18 PM  
Blogger BlueJude said...

Your illustration skills are wonderful! I really like wired!
Thanks for stoppin by my blog. Hope to see ya again!

March 27, 2007 6:03 AM  
Blogger sisu said...

Very cool illustrations... Thanks for stopping by my blog too...

March 27, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger Henri said...

I like this drawing a lot, I can see why you got so many hits with it. It has a nice rustic quality to it.

April 11, 2007 12:14 PM  

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