Friday, January 25, 2008

Illustration Friday-Tales and Legends


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This is my entry for IF's "Tales and Legends" topic. Created today. Drew the lines in Freehand, collaged a background using pages from an old Catholic missal from a used bookstore, cut a stencil of my book shape and painted over my collaged pages. Combined everything in Photoshop. Might do two more in this series, this being the final one in a simple story.

I'm currently taking a silkscreen class and hope in the future I can take my vector lines and then screen print them onto collaged or painted background. We'll see if that works!

What do you think?

*****Still looking for hand photos of YOU for me to draw. Would love to draw some hands other than my own for a change. Take a photo of your hands doing something interesting, or not and send to me at (scott at scottcuzzo.com ). Thanks for your help! Would love a bunch of pics of a hand or hands holding your favorite coffee cup!!!*****

Scott

54 Comments:

Blogger michael said...

a lot of work in this and worth it. Liking the ochre tone over the whole piece. and the subtle sun rays coming out the book itself...very nice.

January 25, 2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

hi scott, as always your 'hands' have such feeling, movement and energy. (did you manage to draw mine yet? would love to see them)

January 26, 2008 1:34 AM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

btw, i am adding you to my list of favourites, as i so enjoy seeing your stuff.

January 26, 2008 1:37 AM  
Blogger isay said...

it's like i am being transported somewhere else.

so cool scott!

January 26, 2008 2:16 AM  
Blogger Michelle Henninger said...

I really enjoyed this illo. I love the collaging aspect to it. Nice.

January 26, 2008 3:29 AM  
Blogger Hey Harriet said...

This is a wonderful illustration. Lovely work!
Enjoy that silkscreen class, sounds like fun :)

January 26, 2008 4:26 AM  
Blogger Faruffa said...

Great concept

January 26, 2008 5:04 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Your line work is incredible. Now with the addition of mixed media you are moving right along. Your silk screen class should enable you to create even more interesting compositions. I admire how you advance your art day by day and use 110% of your talent.

January 26, 2008 5:20 AM  
Blogger NANCY LEFKO said...

excellent....love the addition of collage work.

January 26, 2008 5:39 AM  
Blogger Diana Evans said...

Oh wow...this piece if amazing...the stencil use is brilliant....

That silkscreening class sounds like fun...I need to add something like that to my 2008 plan...you definately think outside the box and I enjoy your work...

I have a dinner party with a bunch of friends this weekend so I will take photos of everyone's hands...lol...

Have a great day...
Cheers,
Diana

January 26, 2008 6:29 AM  
Blogger Kylie said...

i love the subtle distressing around the edges! great work as usual!

January 26, 2008 7:16 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Great work again Scott! I like how you keep pushing yourself these days, incorporating what you've learned into your digital work. hands can be very difficult to render especially from this particular angle. very well done!

January 26, 2008 8:01 AM  
Blogger Frederik Jurk said...

Sweet! I also really like your "Plain" submission.

January 26, 2008 8:10 AM  
Blogger Richard Cardona said...

This is one of my favorites of yours. It's really quite perfect. I like the concept very much, and the execution is superb.

January 26, 2008 8:13 AM  
Blogger nina seven said...

i like the hybrid approach you used in this one. it has a nice balance between the vector lines and the collage work...very nice!

January 26, 2008 8:23 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Great application of mixed media Scott! Really well done.
I just bought a couple of new coffee mugs. I'll have my husband take a pic of my hands for you :)

January 26, 2008 8:37 AM  
Blogger Natura said...

You are so good! Every week better and better. Like the idea behind the composition. Great work!

January 26, 2008 8:54 AM  
OpenID ujwala said...

wow! the hand series is beautiful. I especially liked the 3rd one under "stitch".

January 26, 2008 9:18 AM  
Blogger danshultz said...

Excellent job as usual, and great take on the topic. Good luck with the serigraphy thing - I got my BFA in printmaking, so I can sympathize with the many hours I'm sure you are spending.

January 26, 2008 9:22 AM  
Blogger sheree said...

great piece! it's hard to believe its Photoshop --- looks like silk screen!

January 26, 2008 9:37 AM  
Blogger Emila Yusof said...

Great illo! Love your idea and concept!

January 26, 2008 10:15 AM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

love the layered look with collaged underneath!

January 26, 2008 1:09 PM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

Re: Your vectors + silkscreening? It will be an unbeatable combintation! I'm looking forward to the results!

January 26, 2008 3:16 PM  
Blogger Chio_Garu said...

Certainly a different take on the topic (well different from my thoughts anyway ^^).

Thank you for commenting on my image.

Nice hands...I'll send you a picture of mine asap then ^^

January 26, 2008 3:24 PM  
Blogger arxo said...

great illo, and very good technique...

Thank you for your comments on my illo...

January 26, 2008 3:38 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Very very interesting technique and so lovely to look at. I would send you my hands but looks like you have plenty!

January 26, 2008 5:43 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Very cool! So those are vector hands? You're light years ahead of me... I've never really figured the vector thing out. I like 'em!

January 26, 2008 6:26 PM  
Blogger Aspa said...

Scott this is really good work. Have fun with your silkscreen class.

January 26, 2008 10:24 PM  
Blogger gladys b said...

hi scott!
i really enjoy watch your gallery ! such different and interesting point of wiew!
and i've really appreciate your comment :)

see you bye!

January 27, 2008 4:39 AM  
Blogger rbaird said...

Another wonderful illustration. Your pursuit of your craft is inspiring.

January 27, 2008 10:07 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

This is a great piece. You have a very nice style that shows a great deal of skill. Good luck with silk screening, its addicting.

January 27, 2008 12:36 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

You can only gain from learning to print so I really hope you enjoy it and it will go prefectly with your art. Oh yes, pix of hands...

January 27, 2008 12:56 PM  
Blogger shaky mouse said...

your hand illustrations are stuff of legend.. :)

nice work.. the text works really well here

January 28, 2008 1:17 PM  
Blogger Kelly C. said...

simply marvelous. your work is beautiful.

January 28, 2008 1:31 PM  
OpenID hatrabbit said...

I love the concept and those hands are great.

January 28, 2008 7:58 PM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

This piece is really effective! Love the collage and paper texture around the edges. Hurrah for screenprinting... so fun. My photos are coming... just waiting for someone to take them. ;-)

January 28, 2008 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Johnne said...

Hey, I love yours.
Great concept!

January 28, 2008 11:35 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks for visiting!

The chalupacabra can be tamed with Rolaids or Tums...

Great work!

January 29, 2008 6:30 AM  
Blogger Diana Evans said...

I took some photos of hands...will check them out later and if I have some good ones ...I will e-mail you...

Cheers,
Diana

January 29, 2008 7:35 AM  
Blogger aeneadellaluna said...

I like this one a lot! The hands are so detailed!

January 29, 2008 8:06 AM  
Blogger Tim Hunt said...

Scott, I know nothing about vectors, but I've done a lot of screen printing and know that your work (what I've seen) would lend itself quite handily to the medium. Your lines are very clean and images very sharp which is perfect for transferring onto a screen.

Powerful image!

January 29, 2008 10:44 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Very cool concept. I see you have been on a hands kick lately. I'll try my best not to screw up the "S"...it's close, as I'm almost done with "R" and know exactly what I'm doing for "S." Just have to find the time...

January 29, 2008 1:09 PM  
Blogger nessadee said...

I love the collage element in this! Very nice!

January 29, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger lucky said...

You should enter this in the CA Illustration Annual competition. It is really good.
I love the tactile feel...
the layering..
the colors.

Wonderful work!

(Oh, and thanks for the comment!)

Denise

January 29, 2008 1:42 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Scott, I really like this one since you know I love to read! Hey, anytime you want to draw my hands, just let me know. We can get together and you can do whatever you have to. Keep on drawing away my friend, you have the talent.
Mike Limon
http://www.mikes-miscthoughts.com.blogspot.com

January 29, 2008 7:40 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I like the concept and I think the combination of analogue (so to speak) and digital makes for an interesting and highly original illustration style - really worth the work and process - and thanks for sharing the process too.

January 30, 2008 12:32 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

It's like one of those filter-glass plastic windows that let's you see the hidden image in the picture!

January 30, 2008 6:30 AM  
Blogger moverlow said...

Scott,
Great work as always - love the style and the point of view on the topic. There was always something that struck me about your work that I finally put my finger on. Your illustrations take on almost the appearance of sculpture. There is such visual weight and a feeling of mass . . . very hard to do without coming close to over-working the piece. Brilliant.

January 30, 2008 7:27 AM  
Blogger Piercing The Veil said...

just beutiful ... and a unique ideas and manner of making one fine art ....



gud day

January 31, 2008 6:55 AM  
Blogger Ellis Nadler said...

Good graphic idea, the book as a "window".

January 31, 2008 7:07 AM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

Good luck on the silkscreen class. That sounds fun. I'm not sending a pic of my hand though. Biting fingernails and horrible winter dryness. doesn't make a good hand model.

January 31, 2008 7:31 AM  
Blogger Elise N Black said...

Thanks for the comment.
The bio on your blog is a hoot!

January 31, 2008 9:32 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

The thought, and care, and draughtsmanship that you put into your work really shows.

February 01, 2008 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

your silkscreen idea sounds interesting, post the stuff online when you do - im sure it'll look great. Your hand series is cool!great work.

February 05, 2008 8:30 PM  

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