Friday, February 17, 2006

Illustration Friday: Song, Part I

I did some drawings awhile back based on various musical forms, using people and fruits or vegetables to express something about the particular musical form I was illustrating. So, I got a lot of blank stares, but am finally finding some people who understand them, which is as fantastic as it is scary. This piece is called Dirge, which is a sort of funeral march. It contains a fairly grumpy woman and a slice of a blood orange. I felt in my mind that she was rather ticked off that her husband of 52 years had left at a most inopportune time, as he often did, although this time permanently. I believe she was still berating him on the way home from the graveside. To all things there is a limit.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Extremeley creative ... the image is very professional - love it! Great combination of textures!

orangefrute88 said...

i love this immensely... what's wrong with that husband, leaving her like that?

Detlef said...

Way cool, great juxtaposition. Can most definitely see where you are coming from with this piece and the series.

mikaelah said...

amazing. i like that she is in b&w and the slice is in color. very nice work.

kittylittered said...

I love how she's off-center. I feel like the joke is on her, and we're in on the joke, tho I'm not sure what the joke was.
lovely illustration!

neilornstein said...

She hadn't planned it that way. It was most inconsiderate of him to... to ...
But consideration for the feelings of others was never his strong suit. He was quite anti-social, really.

Best regards, Neil

Loy-bot said...

That's an awesome image. Kind of creepy, but I love the bright color with the woman rendered in black.

HARDWAX said...

She looks like she's seething,if you pricked her with a pin,would she have felt it. the blood orange does her emotional state justice I think.

miragee said...

Oh this is a very interesting and great painting...I'd say that you have a very interesting approach to the topic this week!

Chrissy said...

This is really incredible. Do you have others in this series? Would love to see them all.

ottoblotto said...

link to the auction of this piece - http://cgi.ebay.com/DIRGE-a-drawing-on-musical-themes_W0QQitemZ7344610215QQcategoryZ20158QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

Thanks to everyone for the encouraging remarks on my work.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

What a wonderful creative spark; wonderful outome; love the simplicity and the detail all rolled into one.

MjM said...

The illustration is stunning.

The connection... I must be dense, but, who's singing? Or, where's the song? Blood Orange Dirge played by the Citric Acid Pipers?

:)


MjM

carla said...

Very arrresting image, challenging concept, excellent rendering!

orion713 said...

Nat you floor me. Really. :0

willipino said...

very nice! the shimmer on her fur coat looks perfect.

Alessandro_PPG said...

Beautiful job! Congratulations! Muito bonito seus traços! Parabéns!

tiffinix said...

I love this piece! The color and then lack of is perfect. Wow - I can not stop looking at it.

Jeannine said...

Very nice! I love the contrast between the black and white drawing of the woman, and the vivid orange/reds of the blood orange.

Sal said...

Wow. You drew my grandmother in law. She was a scarey scarey lady.

Amazing drawing!

katat0nik (JaneKL) said...

It's so cool to read the meanings behind your work (I've been admiring this series of yours for a long time!) Beautiful, beautiful drawing!

m.b said...

This is a really cool concept - and you piece is fantastic! I combination of rich, vivid color and the B&W pencil is striking. Very nice - do you have more?

ottoblotto said...

There are always more, more, more! Follow a link to my ebay auctions or my eBay store. You will find scads of art waiting for adoption.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Natalie. These are awesome. Especially love the "Rainy days" and the the chick with the spoon halo. You've got to be the most prolific artist I know. I'm going to sign up for the illustration friday, but I have no idea how you find the time...
Todd