Friday, February 08, 2008

Illustration Friday-Choose

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This is my entry for IF's "choose" topic. More hands! Imagine that.

Drew my vector lines, painted my background, blah, blah, blah. Want to know more, just ask!

Created this today, Friday, just minutes before midnight.

Thanks to all for the encouraging comments. Encouragement is so important. And in case you have polite, contructive feedback, I do indeed want that too.

And if you're reading this, I'd encourage ANYONE stopping by to leave a comment of some sort, even anonymously.l I often wonder who really stops by... Don't be a stranger.


Blogger François Boussuge said...

Great works! I love your patagonia sock (don't ask me why).

February 09, 2008 12:21 AM  
Blogger temz4 said...

Genial and deep concept! I like so much the combination of the line-art with the painting texture.

February 09, 2008 12:41 AM  
Blogger Shiho Nakaza said...

I like how you draw the hands. Too bad I didn't get to see your work at Open gallery show (I do live in Southern California) - hope to see more of your work!



February 09, 2008 1:06 AM  
Blogger Bee said...

Nicely done and another great use of very powerful words. Good take on the theme.

February 09, 2008 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Perplitudine said...

Very beautiful!
I love the contrast between the more smooth and clean objects in the front and the rougher, and beautifully expressive background.
What's especially neat about your work is how much you keep improving.
Inspiring! :)

BTW you mean you didn't do the linework in graphite pencil first? You do use some reference? Did you brainstorm with some thumbnails before choosing the right idea? How do you go about coming up with the solution after recieving the theme?
Sorry about the many questions, you can choose what and how and if to answer/reveale :)

The hands are a nice idea in this sense. They work as the second part of the "binomio fantastico". That is a technique I read about in the book "La grammatica della fantasia, introduzione all'arte di inventare storie" by Gianni Rodari (I read it in Italian but apparently it exist in english as well as " The Grammar of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories"). It is a collection of games/methods to come up with ideas, especially for children, but can work for adults and/or creatives as well. For instance, he suggests to start creating by finding two very different words, chosen randomly, to sort of put the immaginatuon machine in motion. That is, in order to bridge the gap between the two words, our mind comes up with stories. We can also put different verbs and such between the two to put them in different relations and avoid the relapse towards the obvious (a good example of lateral thinking).

So your use of the concept "hands" is very interesting in this sense. You decide one pole of the "binomio fantastico" and use the Illustration Friday theme as the second.
Great! :)

Have a nice day.

February 09, 2008 7:04 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

I'm glad I enlarged it to read the words. Excellent drawing and excellent choice! (I was first going to tell you to say "no" to drugs!)

February 09, 2008 8:49 AM  
Blogger Chernin said...

Son what's inside the chosen flask? ;)

Very good work!

February 09, 2008 9:51 AM  
Blogger Debbie Egizio said...

Very good choice there Mr. Hand and a great concept! Love your thought provoking posts!

February 09, 2008 11:15 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

You've done it again!

February 09, 2008 12:41 PM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

terrific. specially the bottles, good stuff as always, i wait with great expectation for your weekly entry. thanx again for drawing my hands too.

February 09, 2008 2:14 PM  
Blogger danshultz said...

Great work as usual, good hands, like the grung-y background, and the message of it left somewhat up to user interpretation, not clobbering them over the head.

February 09, 2008 7:26 PM  
Blogger Aspa said...

Very nice work Scott, I like the contrast with the textures.

February 09, 2008 8:24 PM  
Blogger nina seven said...

great concept on this one, Scott. I don't even know what i'm doing for this week, yet!

February 09, 2008 9:34 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

This looks like it could be the illustration for a provocative short story for a magazine.Nice illustration, as usual.

February 09, 2008 10:54 PM  
Blogger Debi Bender said...

A wise choice! These are wondeful, thoughtful illustrations, Scott. The "spices and herbs" virtue, the "blanket" knitting hands (reminds me of my mom), "fairy tales & legends" book.

February 10, 2008 11:34 AM  
Blogger eyecontact said...

Masterful interpretive work, superb aesthetic. Like Lolo, I'm glad I enlarged, too. The details count!
Thanks for commenting on my IF illo. I was starting the believe it was 'too conceptual' to be appreciated. Feedback is helpful! And to see this, which is also symbolic, is great.

February 10, 2008 12:00 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Really great on a lotta levels!

February 10, 2008 12:30 PM  
Blogger Kevin Levell said...

Brilliant work and a good choice. If only there were bottled versions of virtue, honour and the like.

Really like your style and consistency.

Thanks for your comments on my choice as well!

February 10, 2008 12:32 PM  
Blogger Heidi Younger Illustration said...

Great idea, and execution! Nice textures! I enjoyed it!

February 10, 2008 1:29 PM  
Blogger Diana Evans said...

Hi Scott...

love your take this week...and the words on the bottles are a nice touch...

one of these weeks I would like to see you do some hands getting a manicure with red hot polish...

Have a wonderful weekend...oh and pop by all week for some fun Valentine's Day illustrations...


February 10, 2008 2:23 PM  
Blogger alix said...

hello Scott!! this is a great illustration!! and I also would like to say that your previous post "blanket" is really really great!!

February 10, 2008 2:32 PM  
Blogger Shani Thomas said...

Another winner Scott, bravo!

February 10, 2008 2:43 PM  
Blogger SENTA said...

I really love your work, it is so beautiful! I want to put a list of blogs that inspire me on my blog (haven't done it yet), do you mind if I add yours?

February 10, 2008 3:38 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Wonderful Scott. I teach Christian Ed on Sundays to a group of Kindergarten and First Graders. We study values and virtues or "faith traits" all year long. We include generosity, patience, kindness, obedience,
compassion, cooperation and many more. All are good choices. I like your choice above.

February 10, 2008 3:46 PM  
Blogger PaMdora said...

hi scott, I like the way you use text in your work!

February 10, 2008 5:42 PM  
Blogger Kylie said...

Love the texture!

February 10, 2008 6:59 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Parsons said...

excellent, as always! ...and good choice!

February 10, 2008 8:09 PM  
Blogger Faruffa said...

wonderful ethical illo!

February 11, 2008 5:48 AM  
Blogger Eric Dyck said...

delighting in those japanese-woodblock-style fingers!

February 11, 2008 6:37 AM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

You have so much to say with hands. A true talent can take one concept and run in so many directions! Bravo!

February 11, 2008 10:31 AM  
Blogger andi butler said...

i am really drawn to those greens you subtle, it's really lovely, the loveliest jars ever! : ) I must need spring! nice work!

a : )

February 11, 2008 11:19 AM  
Blogger buep said...

Genial! I wouldn't know which one to choose here :) Should I?

February 11, 2008 12:29 PM  
Blogger j.dávila said...

I really like this. It's very thought-provoking. The colors and textures are wonderful.

February 11, 2008 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Indigene said...

Superb illustration! Ditto on all the positive comments! Dang! I'm jealous! lol! Great!

February 11, 2008 9:12 PM  
Blogger life without novacaine said...

There you go again, leaving us amazed and dazzled with your "handout" of talent! Nice illo!

February 11, 2008 9:55 PM  
Blogger Richard Cardona said...

This is spot on. And I like the type treatment too ;) - very much.

February 11, 2008 10:01 PM  
Blogger Honor Bowden said...

What? A picture including hands? What a surprise! This is great, a nice idea for the theme. I can imagine a series of the other (not so good-guy hands) picking up the other jars... Great work again!

February 11, 2008 11:17 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

My friend Scott, four blogs now!! Wow, you are the man. I've known you had talent but the rest of the art world is just finding out. I love reading the nice comments everyone leaves you because they are all right, you are that good at what you do. Your web designs are out of this world too. Thanks for sharing your work with us. If you still want to draw my hands on any upcoming projects, just let me know. Besides, I am still waiting for you to show me how to draw a circle!! I can't even draw one. Yeah, I know, your still waiting for me to send you some of my stories. They will be done soon, I promise. Listen, call me tomorrow morning after 9am if you can. I need to talk to you about some projects I'm working on, and of course, I welcome your advice and opinions as usual. Thanks for being my good friend these past few years. We've have had so much fun when we travel around town and quietly study the people around us. You always come up with something that I didn't know you were capable of doing, and I'm always impressed by your talent. Your pal, down the road,

February 12, 2008 2:10 AM  
Blogger Paul Bommer said...

hi scott

this is absolutely brilliant
I really love your work

I need a jar of confidence pills please

February 12, 2008 3:44 AM  
Anonymous carla said...

Very beautifully executed! Although I really admire the art for itself, I especially like the message. So many choices we have to make when it comes to values.

February 12, 2008 5:33 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Very beautiful. As always. I really admire your work. I also really enjoyed your "blanket". I think you do amazing work:))

February 12, 2008 12:18 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Love your concept!

February 12, 2008 3:43 PM  
Blogger Nancy Bea Miller said...

Your hands are supreme!

February 12, 2008 5:38 PM  
Blogger Curious Art said...

Ah, would that it were so easy! The virtue pill. It could change the world! Once again a great idea, Scott, & beautifully expressed.

February 13, 2008 7:23 PM  
Blogger Tim Hunt said...

I enjoyed viewing your image as usual. I really like the strong solid colours juxtaposed against the painterly background.

February 13, 2008 9:37 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Very Nice, goes well with the knitting one...would be great to see these large scale and hung in a gallery!

I also used your paper airplane pic as an example for a message/audience exercise. The students had to design a piece using only 3 panels, no text, telling how to do something. One of the great things about IF is seeing other people's work and being inspired to make new projects.

February 14, 2008 5:49 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks for visiting, Scott!

Yes, that is a dolphin on the screen. I used it for reference since the Needlenose Dolphin is difficult to photograph in the wild. Usually it's found working on a boat, but is quite shy, and will swim away once spotted. They do fabulous work, and are quite modest...

Great work as usual!

February 14, 2008 6:25 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Hello :) Thanks for your comment over at my blog, I really appreciate your input! Your style is fantastic: I really like the way you incorporate the letters in the pill boxes. Your hands are so well drawn, I always have a difficult time drawing mine! Wish you happy-art times :) Cheers!

February 15, 2008 7:16 AM  
Blogger André Gribble said...

Excellent work! I love your lines. Great use of texture as well.
Good choice too, that's the one I would have picked.

February 15, 2008 3:30 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

missed this... its great!

February 15, 2008 7:33 PM  
Blogger Kelly C. said...

ooh. i really love this one!

February 21, 2008 2:08 PM  
Anonymous teri said...

super job scott! makes such a statement.


February 24, 2008 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

Nice technique!

March 14, 2008 2:12 AM  

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