Friday, May 18, 2012

IF - Sight

This week I tried to think of the topic in an unusual way. I thought of a gun sight, binoculars, telescope...maybe a crystal ball, or something with coke bottle glasses? One thing that came to mind was the loss of, or the restoration of sight. I immediately thought of the bible story of when Jesus gives the blind man his sight.

The reason this stood out to me is, as a general rule we like our medicine to be in neat little pills, or some kind of flavored syrup, all wrapped up in a nice little package ready for use. Every once and a while there is cause for remedies that are a little less desirable, maybe even disturbing. Blood letting from primitive cultures, maggots to clean wounds, peeing on your friends leg when they get stung by a jellyfish.

I place the story of the blind man in the undesirable category. Not that I think remaining in his current condition would be better, but it's still kind of gross to have someone rubbing their saliva into your eyes. Let's face it, if I was stung by a jellyfish I too would be looking for someone to help take away the pain (providing I couldn't do it myself). but I don't have to like it.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Illustration Friday - Kernel

So this weeks Illustration Friday topic is "kernel". I started think about it and went on a bit of a tangent. My original thought was that of a military commander, then soon realized that was the wrong spelling (colonel). So I began again. 

I am a bit of a tech kind of guy, so the next thing that came to mind was "kernel panic". I remember the days of booting up my Mac and getting the error that my machine couldn't start up due to "Kernel Panic", so it would assume the position of a really expensive brick for a while. If you're really interested in learning more about it, here's the link to Apple's tech page

The idea of a person frustrated or yelling at their computer has been done many times, and probably better than what I could do, so I thought I'd try something a little different. I went with something that I quite enjoy, but makes others groan... the pun.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

IF - Vocal

So I've been away a long time, but I wanted to get back to contributing to Illustration Friday.

The word "vocal" triggers my mind to think of singing. I quite enjoy listening to a performer with a pleasant voice singing in a style that I normally associate with. When I'm in my car listening to the radio, I might even be inclined to sing along.

Then (maybe after hearing myself sing) I think of all those who have no business singing with-in a 50 foot radius of another living being.

So the sketch here is representative of the later rather than the former, as I thought it would be more entertaining. If I get the chance to, I may rework the composition and actually paint it.