Monday, January 07, 2008

Illustration Friday-"100%"

Click image for a larger view, or you'll miss a lot of texture detail.

This is my entry for IF's "100%" topic. One includes the quote I had in mind, and one does not. Do you think the text adds or detracts??? Discuss. And yes, I know Wayne Gretzky is a hockey player and not a basketball player.

I actually spent a long time capturing the dots of an actual basketball texture and then decided not to use it for this version. I may do another version in a different style. I thought the dot pattern didn't work with the paper texture. Edit: I did add a purely vector version.

***Also, if you click on my profile, then go to my photo blog, you can see some new pics I took of Elephant Seals by Hearst Castle.***


Blogger Reeko said...

I think the type adds to the image as it completes the idea. I think the second image is the strongest but the typeface you've chosen is not the best, maybe something blocker and rougher... more '50's. Great graphic image all the same though!

January 07, 2008 4:06 AM  
Blogger constance said...

Very good illustration - especially the basketball! And yes, I too like the 2nd image.

January 07, 2008 6:35 AM  
Blogger rbaird said...

I like the second one too. I think the quote completes the thought. Your hands are really great too!

January 07, 2008 7:18 AM  
Blogger MVillos said...

Thanks for visiting!

You're welcome for the laugh. Consider my picture a "brain teaser"...

Great work!

January 07, 2008 9:56 AM  
Blogger shaky mouse said...

great illustration.. i think the second version works the best

January 07, 2008 10:29 AM  
Blogger FRANK M HANSEN said...

Anytime you quote Wayne Gretzkey you can’t lose. Even though he does not play basketball, the quote itself and the illo go very well together and capture the 100% idea extremely well. Thank you for visiting my Blog. I do live near Magic Mountain indeed. You live near my Sister-in-law. Ventura is great.

January 07, 2008 12:16 PM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

Your hand illustrations are the best!

Re: the type - I like the versions with the quote but I actually would prefer the lettering be larger (there goes my marketing gene)!


January 07, 2008 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Pj said...

I'm in the image #2 camp, too. The type explains the illustration choice. I still would have liked to have seen how the textured basketball looked on the textured background. Very good Scott!

January 07, 2008 1:11 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

I'm going with the 2nd one could always call Larry Bird up and see if you can get him to quote the quote and use his name is a bit jarring with the image because Gretzky does have such a strong association with hockey...

That being said I definitely like the old feel to the illo...trying the basketball texture thing makes me remember all of the times I (or other students) tried something and it just didn't work...we didn't always want to hear it then because we sometimes had a misconceived notion of what good is...not that it is 'bad' but it makes something feel 'off' if you know what I you are trying to go in two directions with it...but the experience is good because you never know until you do it! Always enjoy the blog and seeing what you are up to!

January 07, 2008 1:49 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I like your second image best, and I think the font style with the quote works great!

January 07, 2008 3:57 PM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

Yep, the second illo wins hands down... (or up?) aw, bad joke I know, but great work Scott!

January 07, 2008 4:40 PM  
Blogger ErinSherman said...

Yes the text adds a lot to the illustration, because after all, there's not a lot of elements in the illustration. I like the textured look and your lines have a lot of character with the varying weights.
The above colors are better than the below one.

January 07, 2008 8:58 PM  
Blogger Elé said...

You have always original and good idea. I love your interpretation. Personnaly, I prefer the second.

January 07, 2008 11:51 PM  
Blogger get zapped said...

Fantastic illo! You really go for the gusto with your work. You're inspiring! And the quote is superb! I think I'll use it for my get zapped blog.

Happy New Year!

January 08, 2008 10:54 AM  
Blogger Issi said...

Great work,
Best Wishes,

January 08, 2008 12:31 PM  
Blogger timafli said...

I always a big fan of your style. Very cool and conceptual.

January 08, 2008 12:33 PM  
Blogger donna said...

Love the quote.
I think the text and image work well together. I agree with those who suggested beefing up the text...
but very nice style, palette is also an interesting choice for the quote and image. I like it...
thanks for visiting my blog.

January 08, 2008 2:02 PM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Hi Scott,

I like the middle one the best.


January 08, 2008 4:53 PM  
Blogger Tim Hunt said...

Another powerful image Scott. Basketball is such a fast game-- seeing the hands so still with the ball has a lot of impact. I'm going with number two because I like the softer colour and I think the quotation from "the great one" gives your image even more weight.

Thanks for your comments!

January 08, 2008 9:44 PM  
Blogger JO said...

Great illos, I missed your soar (especially like it).

January 09, 2008 12:05 AM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

the dot pattern is excellent on the screen! I really like it, it is skilfully done, yes.
the quote adds...

January 09, 2008 3:05 AM  
Blogger Self-proclaimedHero said...

Cool, I really like that quote and the texture on the basket ball looks good.

January 09, 2008 6:51 AM  
Anonymous emila yusof said...

Great illustrations, Scott! I love the one with the text and textures!

January 09, 2008 6:47 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

Great stuff, Scott, I like the blue and orange best, always a color combo I've enjoyed...

January 09, 2008 10:54 PM  
Blogger nessadee said...

So true! I love your unique!

January 10, 2008 12:28 PM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

Look at the texture on that. Very nice work!

January 10, 2008 2:50 PM  
Blogger mike r baker said...

I like the second one. I like the text, the quote, and I don't think it matters that Gretzky is a hockey player and the (incredible) illo is a basketball.

I stopped to see those elephant seals on the way up north 2 years ago. Them things am HUGE!

Nice meeting you at the Open show. I was a bit sick, tongue-tied, and confused at the time - I wanted to talk more. I love your work. :)

January 10, 2008 3:12 PM  
Blogger The Mattman said...

Hey Scott,
I'd like to comment that the fact you drew a basketball adds strength to your point.
It's all good and well for Gretzky to tell us we should attempt every shot whilst he belts another puck in a goal...he's bloody good at it!
But you have the quote next to something that's out of his comfort zone. The assumption being that it is Wayne having the courage to attempt a basketball shot despite it not being what he does best.
I actually think the first image is best as the quote appears to have more humility which backs up my first point.
Love the thought, dig the execution. Thanks for sharing it.

January 10, 2008 3:23 PM  
Blogger Paul Garland said...

Cheers man thanks for your comments, it's good to see there is somebody else in the world with a 'hands' obsession. I did a big hands based project a few months ago.

Great work, keep it up.


January 10, 2008 3:27 PM  
Anonymous camille said...

i love your concept! will add you to my friends list in my blog :) its always nice to receive comments from people half way across the world :)

January 10, 2008 8:18 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Very col image. I've been enjoying all your hand pieces (lat week too!). I'm gonna go against popular opinion and go with the first one, on a purely visual level. I think the open area above the ball is necessary, and suggests possibility. The quote's a good one, but I like how open it is to interpretation without it.

January 10, 2008 9:58 PM  
Blogger lil kim said...

yes i agree i like the 2nd one the best. i think the quote is great because it gives more meaning to the image. good work!

January 11, 2008 3:19 AM  
Blogger Larry Lee said...

I purposely did not read any of the other comments to give you my. I do think the words add to the image. I like the middle image best. The slightly off balance way the words are place is effective. I could se this hanging in any number of gyms.

January 11, 2008 4:39 AM  
Blogger cata said...

My favorite is the second one!
Great colors.

January 11, 2008 5:49 AM  
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