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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Portrait – Illustration Friday

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When I was younger, I always wanted to be a schoolteacher. Better yet, an elementary school art teacher. Well, I sort of followed my dream, and about four years ago I began teaching Graphic Communication at a local college. This ended up being my dream job! Who would think I would go from wanting to teach first graders to teaching college students. This initial dream was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Portrait."

I was playing around this afternoon; and came up with a sepia version. For some reason, I always love the way illustrations look when they are duotone, or have an old feel to them.

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Bonus Portrait:

For our final project in my college Drawing I class, we had to create a series of artwork. Since I loved doing portraits, I chose to do classic film stars. This is just one of the portraits I created. Can you tell who it is (yes, the name of the file name WILL give it away)? It was drawn with charcoal on plain old 19" x 25" drawing paper. Gee...I really need to get my conventional art goodies out!


Blogger michael dailey said...

i like this, a lil change up from most of the other portraits i've seen posted, not to take away from them, but i like different. Now if i can only get what i'm doin in diff. mode id be alot happier now lol.

Saturday, June 03, 2006 3:21:00 PM

Blogger doodlestreet said...

This is EXCELLENT! I did a line of cards in the cut out style...it's so fun to work with, isn't it? Hey, I had no idea you were a teacher! I have the highest regard for teachers. I think it is the most honorable thing you can do for a living...honestly. Thank you for being one of them. I bet your students just love your class. You deserve and apple!

Saturday, June 03, 2006 4:03:00 PM

Blogger Lynn said...

You have an amazing talent! This is one of my favorites so far, too. (((Trisha)))

Saturday, June 03, 2006 4:11:00 PM

Blogger bubBles said...

I LOVE this. And thank God it's a different take on the topic this week. Truly creative and talented. You deserve some greater form of recognition though.

Saturday, June 03, 2006 5:50:00 PM

Blogger cristosova said...

Those are some talented kids :) I love this style with the white tracing around them and the duotone version looks great. I had to cheat to know who the film star is - but that was just that I didn´t know her... other than that its the perfect portrait!

Saturday, June 03, 2006 11:32:00 PM

Anonymous aynaku said...

I've been teaching in primary schools for a couple of years and believe that it's a funtustic work...kids are definitely creative! Nice illo as usual...

Sunday, June 04, 2006 2:13:00 AM

Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

I also really like your realistic portrait. BTW, my wife's first and middle name is Patricia Ann. What are the chances of that? One in a gazillion? J/K ;>)

Sunday, June 04, 2006 2:57:00 AM

Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Hi! I thought your interpretation of Portrait was charming. As a former first grade teacher I can really relate to the whole aspect of class picture day...and oh, those give away combs! Good luck to you in your college teaching career.

Sunday, June 04, 2006 7:40:00 AM

Blogger Genevieve said...

Hi Gal --

thanks for your comments. Given this portrait you did, I'd say you know a bit about goddesses! Send me your photo - or a description of you, even better, and I think Txartgal will join the pantheon of superheroines!

Sunday, June 04, 2006 9:32:00 AM

Blogger ValGalArt said...

It is so wonderful that you love what you do! I love both illos, I love that flat dimensional thing you do and the characters remind me of the past slightly with a contemporary twist! LOVE IT!!!

Hey wasn't she in the Thin Man series? Beautifully rendered and I love getting to see several sides of you at once!

Sunday, June 04, 2006 12:22:00 PM

Blogger Shano said...

I love all three! I've always had a thing for classic film stars as well. The other two are just precious.

Sunday, June 04, 2006 1:38:00 PM

Blogger aoisart said...

The three kids are so cute! The charcoal portrait is intense and that woman is surely an actress!

Sunday, June 04, 2006 11:01:00 PM

Blogger Kiri said...

wonderful. i like the sepia version but the colour version is more animated.

Monday, June 05, 2006 9:21:00 AM

Blogger Angela said...

These kids are so cute, and such talented artists!
The abc letters on the board bring back memories of my school days past.

Monday, June 05, 2006 5:43:00 PM

Blogger Angela said...

I forgot to mention that I really liked your 'cake' entry. Raggedy Ann was one of my favorite dolls!

Monday, June 05, 2006 5:45:00 PM

Blogger carla said...

My - what a real contrast in styles! Your school portrait is adorable - full of color and lively characters. Your film star poratrait is beautiful...such fine work!

Monday, June 05, 2006 8:11:00 PM

Blogger Gabrielle said...

Nice work! I love your distinctive style and the charcoal drawing too

I remember when my kids began junior kindergarten they had to draw self portraits, it was fascinating to see how they saw themselves.

These are cute, and I know what you mean about duotone, Curious George, Mike Mulligan, all those old books I grew up with, I still think the drawings are beautiful in them

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 6:53:00 AM

Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

...Is it Ronald Regan?

Cute kids. I'm glad they're proud of their pictures!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 9:10:00 AM

Blogger Derek Knight said...

Hooray for Myrna Loy! Now get on drawing a William Powell.

That poor big-headed kid...He only had room for his MASSIVE CRANIUM!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 10:55:00 AM

Blogger AndyDoodler said...

All 3 are great! I agree about the duotone good nostalgic feeling.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 6:17:00 PM

Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

great illustrations… the kids look so sweet… fit for the fridge… well done…

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 9:32:00 PM

Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Myrna Loy, of course! Go ahead, quiz me on another one! The first illustration is adorable, and I love the story to go with it. Isn't it funny how things work out sometimes? Your portrait of Ms. Loy is absolutely wonderful ~ what a great job on her hair and the shadows. I'd love to see more!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 11:37:00 AM

Blogger Caroline said...

I love these children with their portraits!

The sepia version is interesting and has more depth but I'm a colour freak and love the colour version best!

And I really love that you have your dream job!

Thursday, June 08, 2006 7:56:00 AM

Blogger Twisselman said...

I agree with Caroline... Though I like the sepia effect, I think the subject matter wants full color... so vibrant and alive. Your illustrations always communicate... which is why you teach what you teach, right? I come from a family of teachers and have a wife who's a speech therapist. Nothing but respect and admiration for all who choose education as their profession.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 10:11:00 AM

Blogger wynlen said...

This is very sweet. I like the idea a lot, and I like the white outline around the characters - makes it look like they're cut out and pasted in front of the background. And I also have a love for duotone illustrations, so I love the sepia version too!


Thursday, June 08, 2006 10:28:00 AM

Blogger Michelle said...

I love love love Myrna Loy!!! Beautiful T!

Thursday, June 08, 2006 10:06:00 PM

Blogger David said...

Great job as always. The school theme is an excellent idea.

Friday, June 09, 2006 9:50:00 PM


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