Saturday, February 02, 2008

Illustration Friday-Blanket


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This is my entry for IF's "blanket" topic. These beautiful hands were submitted by "Forever Young", and the pic she sent I thought was great for this week's topic. Hope you can read the text. I may need to rework things a bit, but I like the idea a lot of taking "trials and troubles" and knitting them into "wisdom and grace, etc...". And I know it's crocheting, not knitting. Sue me. I like the word knitting better. Let me know what you think!

72 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice concept and like ur colors / textures
michael dailey

February 02, 2008 8:20 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Super take on the subject. And I agree...who came up with the word crocheting???

February 02, 2008 8:33 PM  
Blogger Stick said...

I too have an affinity to hands. This is a great illustration of turning life's "lessons" (aka crap) into something to learn from.

February 02, 2008 9:03 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Fantastic piece as usual. You've delivered again.

Here's a link to some textures you could play around with!

http://www.illustrationclass.com/?p=89

February 02, 2008 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

Beautiful work! You know, you have right, this activity requests only good sentiments. When you knite, in fact you knite your thoughts.
"Crochet" it is with one single needle.

February 02, 2008 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

Sorry, in fact, your image is with a crochet!!!

February 02, 2008 10:55 PM  
Blogger BEER said...

Really nice work here. I’m digging the hands. And just a FYI I like the word “knitting” better. People need to say it more so I’m glade you are helping it come back. Soon all the cool kids will be saying it.

February 03, 2008 1:05 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Nice! BTW, I keep forgetting to tell you, I have some "hand" photos for you....email me and let me know how you want them sent.

February 03, 2008 2:23 AM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

oh yes, also, i really like the idea of your own trials and tribultaions, thoughts being woven into the wool/fabric.

February 03, 2008 3:17 AM  
Blogger Mim said...

I too love to draw hands, love to watch hands and am facinated by others hands. I know some people who have such beautiful hands that I want to take pictures of them, but it seems too intimate to ask.
Anyway, love FY's hands illustration, wonderful.

February 03, 2008 4:50 AM  
Anonymous carla said...

Blogger doesn't want me to post! Trying again... I love how expressive the hands are and how you've interetted the topic. It's a really nice illustration with positive sentiments.

February 03, 2008 4:50 AM  
Blogger Faruffa said...

It enchants me!

February 03, 2008 7:57 AM  
Blogger Debra Kay said...

That is a brilliant and loving interpretation. Great illustration.

My hands are very square. When I was a kid, people would remark about my hands, so in addition to being self conscious about everything else, I was self conscious about my hands too. However, when I need a quick pick me up, I'll have my nails done. Haven't done that in awhile, the vanity gets in the way of gardening and bowling and all kinds of things. It traps us in many ways.

February 03, 2008 8:34 AM  
Blogger Candace Trew Camling said...

This is what illustration is all about. Taking something and making it more loaded with meaning and story. Love it, great job!

February 03, 2008 8:56 AM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

brilliant! I like the concept...and it is all very well done as usual..

February 03, 2008 9:01 AM  
Blogger Janice said...

very nice piece! and i like the word knit idea..
kind of like the quilt or threads woven through life.

February 03, 2008 9:31 AM  
Blogger Nadia said...

Awsome work as always. love it

February 03, 2008 9:33 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

It works perfect!!!

February 03, 2008 9:40 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

You did a beautiful job of drawing Forever Youngs beautiful hands. I loved the words trailing down the crocheted piece. I can read them just fine.

FYI crocheting and knitting are two separate arts, the former done with a crochet hook and the latter with two knitting needles. (sometimes four if you are knitting socks!) ;-) But I won't sue you!

February 03, 2008 11:15 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Parsons said...

very meaningful- love the words 'knitted' into the blanket- outstanding!
eBeth

February 03, 2008 11:46 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

great hands, again!

February 03, 2008 2:20 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Love the concept a lot!

February 03, 2008 7:14 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

great take on the concept!

February 03, 2008 7:54 PM  
Blogger Bobo Cat said...

it's amazed me that your hand drawing can go with all sort of theme, clever idea, again.

February 03, 2008 8:42 PM  
Blogger Diana Evans said...

Hi Scott...

what a great illustration submission for the theme "blanket" ...love the way the words are woven into the blanket...
the hands are nicely done and the texture is very nice too..

Have a wonderful week!!!

Cheers,
Diana

February 03, 2008 9:00 PM  
Blogger Elin said...

This is so cool. I love all the hands you do - I'm big on hands as well.click me and look at the third row...

February 03, 2008 9:16 PM  
Blogger Michelle Henninger said...

Really great take on the theme! I love the words that are being knitted. Very cool image.

February 03, 2008 9:22 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

You do hands so well! I really like the 'word' blanket idea....knit or crochet. ;)

February 03, 2008 11:39 PM  
Blogger NANCY LEFKO said...

what a fabulous idea and so very well done !!!

February 04, 2008 3:31 AM  
Blogger human being said...

Wow! This is real art! You have eternalized the beauty of FY's hands and her soul,too ....
Knitting those nice words: forgiveness, patience, insight, wisdom, etc... What a genuine idea...
The best gift one can recieve for her birthday. Good for her!

Sorry I all forgot to say HI!
Happy to know your artistic blog.

February 04, 2008 4:59 AM  
Blogger Bee said...

Nice interpretation of your source picture and good choice of words (most of which are virtues... Aristotle would be pleased!)

February 04, 2008 6:28 AM  
Blogger thefridayfrog said...

wonderful piece, scott! love this!

February 04, 2008 6:40 AM  
Blogger Richard Cardona said...

Scott, I agree this is great, and don't take the rest of this the wrong way... I don't like the typography in the completed blanket portion, and feel another choice of font, or hand drawn words would have been better. Or maybe even color differentiations. I hope you don't mind the criticism. I hope I didn't offend you.

February 04, 2008 8:42 AM  
Blogger Aude-Noëlle said...

Quite creative, Scott, and cool concept! I agree with Richard above, but I'm sure you like constructive criticism.
I'm curious how hands will come into the next Friday word, whichever it it, and I'll make sure to check on you!
Wow, you got so many comments!!

February 04, 2008 9:21 AM  
Blogger Josh (musarter) said...

Very nice concept. The communication is strong when you read the text. Great hands as always.

February 04, 2008 11:10 AM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

Love the way you've included the words, very nice idea.

February 04, 2008 3:40 PM  
Blogger Shani Thomas said...

Wow! I'm liking each one of these you do, but this one is really SUPER!!!

February 04, 2008 3:46 PM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

Hands knitting are such a gorgeous sight, and your piece works it very well. This also reminds of me of that scarf I've been meaning to finish...(although I guess alot of people are saying its crochet. Hm).

btw thank you for the reccomendation to lynda.com, I will have to check it out.

February 04, 2008 5:49 PM  
Blogger steve said...

I'm really liking these Scott--it seems to be evolving into some kind of series! This one in particular really walks the line between art and illustration. Love the angle and color too.

February 04, 2008 6:54 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

wonderful and effective concept, scott! and i should say.. you have beautiful hands forever young!

February 04, 2008 7:31 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

I really like the concept of making a blanket of kindness, wisdom etc from such problems as trials & tribulations. If only you could do so as easily in real life.

February 04, 2008 7:38 PM  
Blogger esque said...

Very lovely and well executed.

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February 04, 2008 7:39 PM  
Blogger Tim Hunt said...

my mom and grandma were knitters. The cool thing about knitters is that they take their work with them wherever they go; on the bus, in church, on a park bench. Think about all the coffee and conversation, movies and soap operas that took place during the making of a blanket, a sweater or a pair of socks. This history becomes part of the fabric. Just like in your illustration. Bravo Scott.

February 04, 2008 10:23 PM  
Blogger life without novacaine said...

As always, your style is so clean and strong. You are a man of many talents. I love this illo. Great selection of colors.

February 05, 2008 12:12 AM  
Blogger temz4 said...

I love the colors, the textures application and the expressiveness of this illo. Compliments for the whole thematic series, beautiful concept, great work! :)

February 05, 2008 6:27 AM  
Blogger mike r baker said...

That is so awesome, Scott! Brilliant and moving concept. And beautifully done as always.

February 05, 2008 10:14 AM  
Blogger Chernin said...

Very intelligent concept, and with your unique style, specially the way you draw hands. Congratulations!!

February 05, 2008 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Domino said...

smart. good one :) You've got an interesting series going here.

February 05, 2008 8:26 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Gorgeous and every word is like a small prayer.

February 06, 2008 4:42 AM  
Anonymous chillies & chocolate said...

Oh, very good!

February 06, 2008 9:48 AM  
Blogger Kevin Spear said...

What a neat ideal. This would be a great editorial illustration.

February 06, 2008 10:27 AM  
Blogger FRANK M HANSEN said...

Wow! Great concept and great illo. Love the words and the look of them, plus the texture of the background and edges. Very nice. Your illo for 'Tales and Legends' is great too.

February 06, 2008 10:38 AM  
Blogger Curious Art said...

That is just wonderful, Scott-- both concept & execution.

February 06, 2008 11:13 AM  
Blogger buep said...

Great illo, Scott! Very creative :)

February 06, 2008 2:04 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Great concept and execution! Love how you subtly and expertly show age in the hands!

February 06, 2008 6:52 PM  
Blogger Ratlion said...

Love the concept! It's so true.
Thank you for the heart last week and just wanted to let you know that you make my day!:) (Details on my blog).

Cheers!

February 06, 2008 8:01 PM  
Blogger Ramakrishna said...

Very professional with minute details mentioned. No doubt in telling that it is a great entry for the topic "blanket" at Illustration Friday. Hoping an entry every week. :)

February 07, 2008 6:34 AM  
Blogger timafli said...

Nicely done. Great work. Very nice gesture.

February 07, 2008 8:49 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Nothing like a beautiful pair of working hands or hands with a purpose. This is meaningful and beautiful!

February 07, 2008 10:24 AM  
Blogger Balão said...

Great job!

February 07, 2008 12:26 PM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

excellent composition!

February 07, 2008 1:42 PM  
Blogger Paula Mills said...

great work, love the mix of textures, nice concept to.
Thanks for encouraging comment on my work.

February 07, 2008 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Perplitudine said...

That-is-so beautiful! :)

February 08, 2008 12:45 AM  
Blogger shaky mouse said...

fantastic illustration, and great idea..

then, there's always the one in spongebob is trying to give squidward a gift, and he knits him a sweater with his eyebrows :)

February 08, 2008 12:58 AM  
Blogger Random York said...

No less than wonderful!

February 08, 2008 5:25 AM  
Blogger suana said...

WOw
WOW
WWOW
Amazing concept, Scott!

February 08, 2008 4:37 PM  
Blogger Halloweenville said...

i love this piece.

February 11, 2008 8:01 AM  
Blogger bluerose9062 said...

Good choice!

February 11, 2008 10:24 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

very nice series of collages throughout your blog; really like the combo of text and image. nice job


ascenderrisesabove.com/wordpress

February 14, 2008 11:21 AM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

i am awestruck that so many people commented on this lovely illo, as it has my hands in it, thank you once again scott. also thanks for visiting my new blog.

February 15, 2008 3:47 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Love this!!!

February 16, 2008 8:14 AM  
Blogger Denise Scicluna said...

excellent, loving the idea

March 22, 2008 5:17 AM  

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