Saturday, June 6, 2009

Illustration Friday: Craving

All she craves is to be in contact with the currents of the universe.

That's what I crave too.

It seems that a lot of my favorite books from childhood on take that as a kind of basic premise. Think about A Wrinkle in Time--Meg and Charles Wallace are fighting the nothing that blots out the joy that all of the universe, from the stars down to the mitochondria feel in the dance they make together.

As far as the picture goes, it's one I started a couple months ago for a different Illustration Friday topic, but never finished. It was watercolor and water-soluble painting crayons. I couldn't find the original reference for the woman, so I had to wing it. Today I drew over the original with ink. It was just a little bit too wide for the scanner, so it's cut off on either side.

I think that I will print out a copy of this to put on a card for yet another friend who's turning 50. She's is one ALWAYS to celebrate the currents of the universe.


  1. Your image definitely has lots of energy too it. good work.

  2. Nice illo....Funny you mention A Wrinkle in Time. I JUST bought that book from Amazon, and plan to read it next week.

  3. This is quite a wonderful image. Your work is always dynamic with "live" lines, but this one has a confident and finished quality, and I think the sparing use of color (and I know that is backwards from how you actually worked) is quite successful.

    I remembered how much I liked Wrinkle in Time when I was about 13, so a few years back I started reading it aloud to an eight-year old boy - I was somewhat dismayed to realize how much of the book is about how the basketball star worships Meg in her four-eyed glory. Probably more of a book for girls than boys.

  4. It looks as though she is conjuring magic to make her craving true~

  5. I'm always intrigued about how you work those intricate and complicated details. great work!

  6. so wonderful - i absolutely love your style - i can feel the craving...i love the "currents" behind her, love to feel those looking at the night sky...

    and wrinkle in time? i wanted to LIVE that book - i got the same feelings from the his dark arts series...someday i'd love to do some art based on how those books made me feel...thank you for taking me back in there...

  7. I really like the color and the movement. It looks like she will accomplish the contact she craves.

    I loved "Wrinkle in Time" as a kid, but L'Engle's "adult" writings have had a huge impact on me lately. I highly recommend her "Walking on Water." It's one of my favorite books ever.

  8. So great to see you using those beautiful natural patterns and textures as a major element in this. Such wonderful fluidity!