Monday, January 30, 2006

Illustration Friday - Glamour/Cats
& EDM #54 - Draw something you love


I think it's hard to find glamour any more. The famous people are so obsessed with not growing old, they will inject poison in their brows, butt fat in their lips and have their faces taken off and stretched tight. In my opinion, this makes them look like freaks. I think aging gracefully is glamourous. I thought about illlustrating Sophia Loren because I think she has aged very gracefully. But I remembered that I had drawn this lady head vase, and I've always thought that it looked glamourous. I think it's from the fifties. Pencil drawing scanned and colored in Photoshop.

IF_cats
I was late in posting my cats entry because I was sick last week, but here it is. I adore cats, and I couldn't let this one go by without joining in. Allie was my first love. She was always posed in a beautiful postion - you never saw her not look graceful. She was very loving toward me (and even kissed me on the lips), but a little shy around strangers. I adopted her at 8 weeks and had her until she passed at 14. The second cat Max was given to us by a somewhat crazy woman. Unfortunately, I think a little of that crazy rubbed off on Max. He would hop up in the air out of the blue and run away like he was running from something that wasn't there. He was basically a lover - he would curl up with anyone, but he was not well. He was basically allergic to himself - he always had a skin condition and parasites in his belly. We thought we fixed him up and gave him to my mom who needed the affection. The poor guy ended up dieing way too young - I guess we didn't fix him. The two cats at the bottom are with me now. I call Nico a dog-cat because she seems to think she is a dog. She likes her belly rubbed and lays on her back with her 4 legs splayed open. Allie would not approve! Squeeky is a new addition and looks like a long-haired version of Allie, which is kind of weird. She is very loving, (and kisses me on the lips like Allie used to) although if you tickle her belly, watch out!

11 comments:

The Unknown said...

Wee Hee! Nice.
love

Karen said...

I have one of those lady vases too. Love how you captured the gesture of the hand. I like your style. Your cats are quite glamorous too. Beautiful eyes.

Square One said...

love the ladyhead. Somehow she's got a kind of Lucille Ball glamour, or one of those 50's actresses. Interesting technique. It inspires me to try some scanned pencil drawings in Photoshop, too!

ValGalArt said...

i have always loved those ladyhead vases! What a great idea and a wonderful illustration! love the cats you have loved too!

Alina Chau said...

nice illos! cute kitties!

ratlion said...

Great job on both! Love the mix of charcoal (?) and digital colouring in the first and the story about your cats :)

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Very stylish lady!
And happy cat gallery.

heather said...

Ooh and ahh, I love the feel of the piece. Thanks for disclosing your method too. I often wonder what medium people use to achieve the effects.

Mike Thompson said...

Nice work!

Lin said...

LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY!!

Marilyn said...

I totally agree with you about aging. I enjoyed your head vase. It looks like you used acrylics? I did hear that it takes Sohpia three hours to apply her daily make-up. But you know, never believe anything you hear and 1/2 of what you see