Illustrated Thursday – Surprises and Final Assignments

DMPhoto_SketchinginWales.jpgIt was quite a pleasant surprise to get the notice of a new post over at my friend’s photography blog, click on it, and find this picture of me! Here I am in Wales last year caught in the illustrative act. To see the photo in its native habitat, head over to Dawn Michelle Photography blog.

These last couple of months, I’ve been taking an evening class in illustration – my first formal schooling on the topic. The class has been interesting and fun, expanding my artistic skills, but it has also been a challenge to keep up with both the assignments for class and new art for posts here. My last class meeting and final project is due next week and so it is crunch time! But in the meantime, I thought I would share some of the results from the other two class projects. With haiku to describe my efforts, it becomes illustrated poetry. Enjoy!

A simple substitution,
with a symbol we all know:
so much is suddenly for sale.
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High-End Cayenne
with your Bell Pepper dog,
Peppercini are not good enough for you.
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A roller skating sheep shearing
confused traffic cone.
What else can I say?
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Cat Professor is shocked –
yes, shocked! – to see
what character is missing from the classic book.
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(The first project was to use a widely recognized symbol – the barcode – and incorporate it into your illustration such that it changes the perception or meaning of the piece. The second project was to create compelling and complex personified characters displaying different emotions.)

 

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad to have you back for a visit – it had been far too long! 😀 I am glad you enjoyed them – they were challenging but fun to do – ink wash is a bit unforgiving. No erasing!

      P.S. I am excited about your new blog! Awesome to see your blogging adventure continue…

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    1. Thank you! The class finished this last week – I am nearly recovered, 🙂 so I plan to post my final exam here soon. I am so glad you are back! I had missed your visits and comments!

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  1. A treasure trove of stuff to love here today! And what else Can you say about that traffic cone besides ah, viva Surrealism!

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  2. The illustrated haikus are adorable. I love the shocked cat reading Of Mice and Men. What a hoot. I’d love to use some of your poems and illustrations in a post I’m writing, if I could. M 😀

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  3. Your illustrations are wonderful, the bar code use is very entertaining and filled with meaning, adding the haiku increases the enjoyment. The photo of you sketching in Wales is lovely, what a nice treat to find it posted by your friend.

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    1. Thank you, Haunani! This illustration class has been challenging – but lots of fun – and up to the moment I turned these projects in I was revising and sweating bullets. But I am very happy with the final results!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jilanne! One of my undergraduates in lab gave me the idea for the high-end cayenne (our conversations have extremely wide ranges at work, never dull when a bunch of scientists get nattering to each other!). I was telling Anna in a comment below that we had to create a chart with lists of objects, emotions, and activities on it and our classmates picked words from each column at random for us. And that was how I ended up with a confused sheep sheering roller skating traffic cone! At first I despaired, but as you said, inspiration struck and here we are!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! The class has been tons of fun – and that’s saying a lot because it has to overcome the disadvantage of coming after a full day of work for all of us. But it does and the creativity of my classmates has been very inspiring!

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    1. Thank you, Janette! I’ve had the character drawings up at my desk at work and my officemates have gotten quite attached to them. I’m thinking of adding the haiku to complete the effect, so I’m glad they complement the work!

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  4. Hi Marcy! This is such a wonderful post. The photo of you is great and the illustrated poems are so good. Your artwork is brilliant (really well done!) and the poems are witty and creative. They made me smile. 🙂

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    1. John! How are you? I hope you are doing well. We should return to our email correspondences – I miss them.

      Thank you so much! The photo of me from Wales was a complete surprise. Dawn took it on real film and these days developing film is so expensive (only specialty labs do it anymore) that she has been slowly developing the rolls in consideration of her budget. This was from the last roll she turned in. I think the element of surprise like this is missing from digital photography!

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      1. The element of surprise is completely missing — I have a funny Fotomat kiosk story to tell you that confirms your theory! I agree about our correspondence — I will contact you. Sorry I’ve been out of touch. Your posts are always great. I love the “Solar Bird” photo so much — it’s funny and artistic at the same time.

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    1. Thank you, Claudia! We’ve been working primarily with ink and ink wash and it is a medium that really suits me. For the last project I’m working on now, I did some drafts in acrylic paint, was totally dissatisfied with the effect, and then went right back to ink wash!

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    1. Thank you, Anna! We had to create a chart with columns of objects (or animals), emotions, occupations, and activities and then one of our classmates picked them at random to create our characters. I wasn’t sure at first what to do with a confused roller skating sheep shearing traffic cone, but you work with what you get! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sheldon! I would be honored if these drawings prove an artistic inspiration to you. I find that art and poetry come in waves for me – dust collects and then is swept away time and again.

      I hope you are doing okay. Hang in there with quitting smoking. My father, a lifelong smoker, told me once that cigarettes were his lover-mother-best-friend. That’s a tough relationship to break up with.

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      1. I am going on two months
        And yes certain peoples work inspire me and there endeavors
        It gives me hope and pushes me to want more from myself
        Thank you Marcy

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