Thursday, January 6, 2011

Illustration Friday: Resolutions

This is not the picture I'm wanting to put up, but I've only begun the "real" resolution pictures, and this is a little doodle I did in the meantime.

Here are a couple quotes worthy of resolutions:

Thoreau, who "went to the woods because [he] wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life, to put to rout all that was not life, and not, when [he] had come to die, discover that [he] had not lived."

and William Cullens Bryant in his poem "Thanatopsis":

So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon....

I can deal with resolutions like that.


  1. It kinda sounds like Bryant is advocating being a couch potato, that's a resolution I can wrap myself around like drapery and dream. :D Wonderful illustration.

  2. lol at what erin said...;) I like how the drawing, at the bottom, has a slightly dark, perhaps ominous feel to it, and a more airy, lighter top - perhaps I'm reminded of the fireworks of New Year's eve? ;) The result - to me - is something bold and straightforward and ...perhaps I'm influened by the poems but I think also 'hopeful' fits. well done. :)

  3. I love color washes over B&W. If it were red though it would take on a macabre feel. I love it!

    My resolution for this year is just to "show up" for myself. I'm always there for everyone else and I wonder why I feel so unfulfilled and depleted. So from now on, the oxygen mask goes on me first ;)