Aug 27, 2010

Immovable: Something from the New Project.

Hey I was working on this this morning when I read illustration Friday's prompt. 'Immovable." In the real illustration the 'hero' is running away. Don't say that I blame him. Heh. Thanks gratefully to everyone who commented on that last piece. That is very heart warming, thank you.  The very last image is part of the process - to give you an idea. Bad demon on left with eye patch is the pirate. Bad demon on far right is the detective. In past lives anyway.

Hey, yo estaba trabajando en esta mañana cuando he leído esta ilustración del sistema del viernes. "Immovable". En la ilustración del héroe real "es salir corriendo. No digas que yo lo culpo. Jeh. Gracias agradecimiento a todos los que comentaron que la última pieza. Eso es muy reconfortante (heart warming), gracias very much!. El último la imagen es parte del proceso - para darle una idea. Demonio malo a la izquierda con parche en el ojo es el pirata. demonio malo de extrema derecha es el detective. En las vidas pasadas de todos modos.

Aug 23, 2010

Atmosphere: Something from the new project.

Hey! Well sorry to be abstentious (if that's not a word...  well it is now heh)

I've actually been working on a new project. Horror of horrors (not the name, just the emotion)

It's a book of course  - I've been playing with the idea of having the intro chapter in black and white, then the rest, as the protagonist enters the 'new world' of his adventure, made in colour. Just like  the Wizard of Oz.

The bottom image is a scene which won't make it into the book. It has the old protagonist and is no longer needed as part of the visual narrative. The background props are the same I used for the "Invisible"   - lots of new characters though. You can see the Boschian influence/ Breughel influence on that creature at the extreme left of the bench.

The top image will be either the first or second image in the 'book'. It has the new character and.... and well, it portrays the catalyst that  sets things in motion. In Freytag's Pyramid it is known as the "Inciting Incident."

Thanks to everyone who commented on the windmill and that last work. You are all very kind. :)

cheers again  from the land of OZ.

By the way, this is my Illustration for "Atmosphere" - Illustration Friday's prompt de la week.

Hey! Pues siento estar sobrio (this should be absent not sober!) (si eso no es una palabra ... bueno ahora es je) De hecho, he estado trabajando en un nuevo proyecto. Horror de horrores (no el nombre, sólo la emoción) 

Es un libro, por supuesto - que he estado jugando con la idea de que el capítulo de introducción en blanco y negro, luego el resto, como el protagonista entra en el 'nuevo mundo' de su aventura, realizado en color. Al igual que el Mago de Oz. 

La imagen de abajo es una escena que no se construirá en el libro. Cuenta con el protagonista de edad y ya no es necesaria como parte de la narrativa visual. Los objetos de fondo son los mismos que he usado para el "invisible" - un montón de personajes nuevos sin embargo. Usted puede ver la influencia Bosch / influencia Breughel sobre esa criatura en el extremo izquierdo del banco.

La imagen superior será o bien la primera imagen o segundo en el 'libro'. Tiene el carácter nuevo y .... y bueno, que retrata el catalizador que pone en movimiento. En Pyramid Freytag se le conoce como el "Incidente de incitación". Gracias a todos los que comentaron el molino de viento y que el trabajo pasado. Todos ustedes son muy amables. :)  Should be 'you are all very  kind' Saludos una vez más de la tierra de Oz. Por cierto, esta es mi Ilustración para "Atmósfera" - Ilustración del viernes del sistema de la madrugada. 

Aug 19, 2010

Looking for the .... err Sixth Planet

Well I just received an email from an artist that I admire greatly. What they said has made me decide to add another image in the place of the first images. They are still there after the page break. I must warn you that they might disturb you - so please be aware of that, if you continue to the next point.

The image above is from a series I did on windmills last month but never posted. If you look carefully you can see two star gazers watching the stars appear with the coming of the sunset.

Star-light, star-bright
First star I've seen tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might
Get the wish I wish tonight.

A children's rhyme, oft repeated by adults in their prime.

Sincere apologies to those I disturbed with my previous image.

Aug 16, 2010

To Hell With The Little Devils (Smartcar)

"To Hell With The Little Devils"

This one for Outsmart 2010.  The idea is to inco-operate a Smart Car into the double page image. La idea es inco-operar un Smart en la imagen de la página doble.Thanks for the heads up Maria.  I never knew what a smart car was before. Please click for big :)

Thanks to everyone who commented on the last piece!!  I'll be back asap and thank you again in the correct manner :) Presently I am visiting Bosch - he is not a bad cook, and I have borrowed some of his reci-pies. Luckily Brueg-hel lives down the road, and he might need a visit too....  Gracias a todos los que comentaron la última pieza! Estaré de vuelta lo antes posible y gracias de nuevo de la manera correcta:) Actualmente estoy visitando Bosch - no es una mala cocinera, y he tomado prestado algunas de sus reci-pasteles. Por suerte Brueg-hel vidas por el camino, y él puede ser que necesite una visita también ....

But seriously. Detail below. It's just lo res, as per destructions. Es de baja resolución que se acaba, según el escrito ".

Aug 11, 2010

The Frog With the Unusual Appendage

Well I try to be anthropomorphical  every now and then. I also like to use big words so I feel important. Sometimes I even spell them correctly. When I am lucky.

This image inspired by the wonderful Ginger Neilson's photograph (Aug 9th) of a 'one legged' frog in her swimming pool. Ginger's work is a lot of fun so if you get a chance have a look.
Thanks to everyone who commented on the last post! I'll be back tomorrow and visit you in person.

Cheers for now.

By the way, there's instructions here for how to catch a frog. I like step 9, 'the final act of mercy". I somehow missed their first few steps of 'mercy". Maybe it was the first and second spears?

This bottom image is before I added the subplot and character :).

Aug 9, 2010

Caged: How the Wizard Jack O'Kent Imprisonned the Devil


Well, I have this theory.
The theory of threes.

It's an illustration theory where I suggest that a good illustration, to keep our interest, must reward further scrutiny.
Basically it means that, in an illustration we need more than two main elements..

As an example of two main elements :  we could have a boy on a bike (one element) and a girl and her friends watching him (the other element). In the case of the above illustrations in this post we have a "wizard" sitting on a chair holding a wand  (one element). The other element is the devil in the cage. NB: The temple walls and furniture are not elements. They are there to set the mood and to give us a background.

The third element in any good illustration (according to the "theory of threes") must be more subtle and not catch our eye at first. This third 'thing' is what rewards our curiosity and enhances our pleasure (the pleasure of discovery).

There can be more than one 'third element 'of course -as there is in the above illustrations. But ideally one of them is a dominant. It might be dominant for lots of reasons. It might be phyiscally separated from the main element grouping, it can represent a different action, or even be a different colour.

Confused? Yes? Well so am I. But that's okay.

I was  trained in a scientific regime. Consequently I like to kill imaginary butterflies and pin them in imaginary boxes so I can analyse them and give them imaginary names. I also like to analyse illustrations. (Maybe I should get a job?)

Meanwhile  - recently I have discovered through Roberta Baird's work that that 'third element" is even better if it contains a sub-plot. Ideally the subplot will underline the main plot.

Plot? Plot? Arrgh.
Well, consider it this way.

Consider that, in any image with two main illustration elements, the realtion between those elements make the main plot (how they interact, what is their relationship, who is dominant, what is their body posture etc).

Yet the third (or more) element provides a subplot - (in Roberta's illustration we have a cat and a 'dead' mouse).
A good suplot gives us 'thickness', it adds character and it adds backstory. A good subplot puts the parsely on the salad, the thyme in the sauce, the sparkley coriander seed thingos on the illustration icing. It also mimics or underlines the main plot.

But  wait! That's not all!

A subplot (and plot) indicates a temporal presence to the illustration - that is, it suggests a 'before' and 'after' to the instant frozen by the illustration - much like Degas' cut off figures indicate a world beyond the picture frame.

"What?" I hear you whisper.
Plot? Subplot? It's not Shakespeare .... it's just an illustration.
Am I mad?
Yes of course.
Is anyone still reading?
Buts it worth thinking about?
Yes I think it is.
Especially if you subscribe to the theory that an illustration, by definition, illuminates a text; and that a plot is, according to E.M. Forster (Passage To India), a series of causal events.
And if you need further evidence, seek out Bosch's work, or Breughel's. Look for the main plot (eg Good Verus Evil), then seek out the subplots. You'll find them aplenty.

So what's this have to do with my illustration for this week's Illustration Friday Prompt "Caged."?
Good question. But we'll get to that.

I was out in the surf today thinking about this theory of threes and realised that 'threes' pop up in all sorts of places.

Humans like to think in threes. We like to sort chaos into threes. Three is an easy number to grasp. It rolls off the tongue better than 'seven' - the other popular number (eg seven ways to get fit by not doing any exercise)

Yet 'threes' can also be difficult.
In Christianity we have the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit/Ghost - which sort of confuses laymen, little children and most other people.
With women we have the conflicting concept of Harlot, Mother, Virgin - which confuses most men (bless our souls) and some women.
With men we have the Renassiance man, the Warmongerer, the Thief.

And, stepping up to the next level, in 'mankind' collectively we have another the concept of three. That of Beast, Human, and Spiritual.
That is, we have all three things within us.

All within us. Yet most of the time we supress the Beast animal - well at least I do.
Animal is pagan. Animal is dirty. Animal gets you arrested.

As human beings we try to hide the fact that our food goes in one end, and out the other. As humans we cloth ourselves, we act civilised and do not covet our neighbour's wives - not in public anyway.
As spiritual beings we tell oursevles not to worry that our animal body dies, because our souls will live on. As spiritual beings we believe in God because God creates order out of chaos. God gives us a beginning. He gives us and end. And if we are lucky he gives us other things.

When I taught Sunday School we had a litle ditty. It went something like "Envy, jealousy, malice and pride. These must never in our hearts abide." Which of course, at its most base means - forget you are Beast, keep your emotions intact and be good. (And I admit, as a good Christian, to have suffered from none of these things - even when the bitch across the road bought a brand new Red Austin Martin two door with doube cam exhausts and a rear muffler.....)

Ahem. Where was I?

And so finally we come to the illustrations.
The caged devil, is of course metaphorically Pan, a Greek God famed not only for his sexual process, but his ... err sexual prowess. His prowess was such that he was said to be even able to impregnate Male Goats.... ahem again, very handy I am sure on those cold Mediterranean nights.
Pan, as well as having his pan flute in hand, is often depicted with a 'phallus', just in case the observer didn't know who he was. His friends were Satyrs, Satyresses, Faunesses and Bachinesses. Which in the case of the latter three (and possibly the first) made the aforementioned phallus a handy addition to his wardrobe.

So, Pan or no Pan, phallus or no phallus, what is the illustration actually about?

Well you know who the Devil in the cage is, even though I have taken the civilised Human way out, and not shown him up to 'advantage'.

The chap on the left, you might not recognise as the Wizard Jack O’Kent, who, in the fifteenth century was featured in many folktales in Herefordshire and Gwent (England) for his ability to outwit the Devil.
So Jack O'Kent is depicted here as having caged the Devil.

Yet there is something afoot.

The cage is full of holes, the devil does not seemd worried (he seems gleeful in fact), and Jack O"Kent, poor fellow, doesn't realise that the whole Cage is in fact a metaphor, in that the Devil Demon Pan represents the animal side that he (Jack) is trying to surpress.

Animal supression? Sure why not? But Jack, like most human beings, doesn't realise that it will never work.

The moment Jack's back is turned Pan will leap demonically from his cage to wreak his wicked will upon young ladies, sheperdess, shepards, goats, satyresses and any other poor creature that happens to stray into his path.
Not that I am saying that Jack O'Kent had those tendencies. I'm led to believe he was a fine upstanding wizard who seduced only the wives of rich people, poor people and middling people (just kidding Jack!)

Oh? And the subplot?
Well it would be unfair of me to tell you, because you wouldn'y have the joy of discovering it yourself.
Mind you, I might have forgotten to put one in.
Thankyou for clicking for big!

I'm sorry this post is so long. I was going to tell you why the Devil has horns. But that will have to wait for another time.
Thank you to everyone who commented on my last work. I'll be back tomorrow and thank you properly.

Aug 6, 2010

In the lost valley of Vallenstaren, deep in the Forest of Guggle....

In the lost Valley of Vallenstaren,
Deep in the Forest of Guggle,
 In the ancient tree-house Fallofolia,
Lives a forest gnome named Ghent.
He is 912 years old;
He loves Knitting socks,
And has a penchant
For swallowing other people’s gold fish.

The last two images were the original gnome, before he was "child friendly". There's another version of him higher up. I don't know; should I make him more approachable? I havent decided whether he will be part of a story... you know, "grumpy old gnome sees light and lets Reginald the goldfish go."

Thankyou for taking the time to look and click.

Oh, oh! Nearly forgot the gold fish!

Aug 2, 2010

Jack and Jill: Last Verse

"Now Jack did laugh and Jill did cry
But her tears did soon abate;
Then Jill did say that they should play
At see-saw across the gate."
The 4th verse of Jack and Jill according to wiki.
The genesis of this composition comes from the superb artist Daniel Powers. Take a look at his blog and I'm sure you will be inspired. And of course there is equally superb artist Roberto who reminded me of the value of the glance in directing a viewer through the work.
Thanks for looking. There's nothing like a few variations. I'll be back tomorrow and visit! Please click for big. :)