Monday, August 08, 2005

Empty

empty-nest
This image came to me immediately when I learned the theme was "empty". I did a few quick sketches in my usual realistic style and it just didn't work. So, I tried this simplified vector style, and it seems to have the right feel for this image.

16 comments:

Leigh said...

That’s a great interpretation of empty. It makes me sad. I’m glad you went with this style. It’s perfect.

carla said...

I like the your sad birds and the cracked egg. It reminds me of the last summer "our" mourning doves nested on the airconditioner outside the kitchen. A hawk came and destroyed the nest, and I even witnessed it flying away with a little bird. Oh...it was horrible! Needless to say, they never returned.

This illustration is much simpler that the others you've shared here, but it's perfect for the subject matter. I see you've added color to your aging illustrations - they look great. I notice that in the top one (the "before" pic), the colors are deeper and the tip of your nose looks sunburnt. The "after" rendition is paler, your eyes look a little narrower, and the red has moved more to be around the stitches. Your work is amazing!

Rick Lovell said...

Thanks, ladies. Carla, I'm trying to make myself experiment with a different style for every Illustration Friday post. It keeps me on my toes and makes me experiment with techniques I might not have tackled, otherwise. Although this birdie post is WAY different from my usual style, I have to admit it was kind of fun...and so fast...something my more realistic style is not.

Michelle said...

They look very sad, you've captured the feeling really well.

inki said...

good interpretaion..very sad.

Amy said...

Who knew two birds could be so sad? Reminds me of difficult times and empty arms.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful, and very sad. I like it a lot.

wynlen
wynleDesign

Toni said...

I love your design and use of vector style.
So simple and strong at the same time.
wow I have a lot to learn about vector drawing.
thank you

bee'nme said...

Such a perfect picture - nicely done as usual. It was the EXACT thing I had in my brain as my second idea...right down to the color of the birds. So I linked to your picture on my post. Oh Rick, your color rendering of your aging sketches are breathtaking. Greay work!

violetismycolor said...

great textures and lines! lovely!

Heather said...

It's wonderfully done. It leaves me feleing just slightly sad.

Jeope said...

Nicely done, Mr. Lovell. I like the combo of styles (nest vs. branch vs. birds). Try the eye-twinkles as sharp-edged vectors, too. Or mebbe not there at all.

But who am I talking to? Your site is a treat!

kay susan said...

Its lovely, but so sad.

Valaine said...

oh! I love your drawing its so wonderfully sweet, and sad. Thank you for the comment about my step grandfather, and about my drawing.

- Lindsey - said...

I have really enjoyed viewing your drawings! They are all so awesome. I love your style. I will definately be back to check for new stuff.

knottydon said...

i wanna cry now =o(