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Monday, May 22, 2006

Sorry – Illustration Friday


I just couldn't get inspired with this week's topic, "sorry." I kept coming up with the same kind of image...somebody looking sad with a look of forgiveness on their face. I sketched several rough drafts...a child sitting in the corner looking over his shoulder, a woman in tears holding a handkerchief, and a child looking up at his parent with both a look of horror and a look of sorrow on his face. But, I wasn't happy with any of these sketches because I wanted something different.

After taking the weekend off from thinking...I finally decided to do something VERY simple to fulfill my personal commitment of submitting a new illustration each week. So, I finally decided to think of other ways to show how you are sorry. This led to a dozen roses with a card simply stating, "I'm sorry"...which evolved into the illustration above... a "Dear John" letter...but, in my case, a "Dear Louise" letter. This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday.

29 Comments:

Blogger Lou said...

I like your take on the theme. Very different that others I have seen, but still to the point. Great one!

Monday, May 22, 2006 3:46:00 PM

 
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Very nice. Clean and simple.

Monday, May 22, 2006 3:52:00 PM

 
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

I also like what you have come up with for the theme. I think it was a hard one to come up with too. I went for the pitiful eyes....LOL, I think many people did. You'rs is fresh and original. Great job. I also love how you put those white outlines around your images and pop them above another image. I'm going to have to try that technique sometime. I love the layered effect it gives.

Monday, May 22, 2006 4:37:00 PM

 
Blogger carla said...

I like that the note is partially obscured by the rose. I think of Dear John/Louise letters as very cowardly in a way...the person is hiding behind pen and paper, so in a sense, it's sorry in more ways than one! This is a great interpretation of the topic, and a well done illustration.

Monday, May 22, 2006 4:50:00 PM

 
Blogger Collin said...

I like it!

Monday, May 22, 2006 5:09:00 PM

 
Blogger michael dailey said...

nice take on the subject and sometimes it pays to step back and relax so u can stand out from the crowd

Monday, May 22, 2006 7:06:00 PM

 
Blogger ValGalArt said...

this is a great idea and so well done! great work!!!

Monday, May 22, 2006 7:55:00 PM

 
Blogger scribblesk said...

So fresh and so clean!

Monday, May 22, 2006 9:00:00 PM

 
Anonymous shawn said...

I L-o-0-O-v-e the really nice clean ines on your rose. The squiggle on top is a really nice touch!

Monday, May 22, 2006 9:04:00 PM

 
Anonymous aynaku said...

I really like your unique style...I think that this is a very personal take of the topic.
tnx for your comment...
:)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 1:12:00 AM

 
Blogger steve said...

Cool--I like how the rose looks as if it's almost three dimensional. Nice work!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 9:08:00 AM

 
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is a great take on the topic. I really love your style. I had trouble coming up with something too, and spending the weekend dealing with soggy carpet from all the flooding in our area cut into my painting time. ugh.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 9:26:00 AM

 
Blogger kidz illustrator said...

Love the dimension in this...very unique.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 9:51:00 AM

 
Blogger Teri C said...

It's perfect! Simple and gets the message across.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:20:00 AM

 
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

it's simple yet strong and powerful… i like the way typeface is reflected in your linework… well done…

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 12:22:00 PM

 
Blogger buep said...

Very nice! If I'd have a hard time if I'd to decide which of your illustrations I like the most...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 12:35:00 PM

 
Blogger Loca said...

You did it so well as usual... great.
:))

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:38:00 PM

 
Blogger HARDWAX said...

The letter is so intimate, somehow the rose blocking most of the words, leaving others, makes it moreso, a very moving piece, and sad. Wonderful!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 9:02:00 PM

 
Blogger tiffinix said...

I really like it - a very different take on the theme. I really like the boldness in the colors of your illustration. Well done!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:48:00 PM

 
Blogger Chrissie A said...

Great idea, beautifully realized! Nice job...I really like this one a lot.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 4:14:00 PM

 
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Firstly, that's a gorgeous rose! Second, my condolences to Louise. This is an original approach to this topic!

Thursday, May 25, 2006 7:55:00 AM

 
Blogger Twisselman said...

Very good post. The flower is perfect... deceptively simple... beautiful. The caligraphy on the letter, as painful as it is to read, is almost too beautiful for its message... but maybe that irony is intended. Your style is wonderful, elegant. Peace.

Thursday, May 25, 2006 8:10:00 AM

 
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Your work is delightfully clean and your lines are just perfect. Nice work.

Thursday, May 25, 2006 9:50:00 AM

 
Blogger wynlen said...

Simple can sometimes be the best way to go. This is very sweet. I love the look of the rose!

Anette V. Heiberg
www.wynlen.no

Thursday, May 25, 2006 10:37:00 AM

 
Blogger Pickledog said...

Wonderful take on this weeks theme.

Thursday, May 25, 2006 9:49:00 PM

 
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Sure, it's all good until the recipiant gets a prick from the thorny rose... then you have to write another note... and another... and another... ;)

Thursday, May 25, 2006 10:16:00 PM

 
Blogger Gabrielle said...

Oh my gosh, what a perfect idea for sorry!!

If that's your actual handwriting I'm going to be green with envy as you have prolly noticed the chicken scratch on my blog.

Monday, May 29, 2006 3:58:00 PM

 
Blogger DELICATE DIAMOND said...

simple and beautiful... the word desrves an honour of this form!
- Ruchi
www.delicate-diamond.blogspot.com

Monday, March 12, 2007 4:12:00 AM

 
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