Friday, October 28, 2005

Broken

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bro·ken
Pronunciation: 'brO-k&n
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English brocen, from past participle of brecan: to break.

There are dozens of definitions of the word broken, each offering a different opportunity for illustration. Most have a negative connotation, but I chose to look at broken from a more hopeful angle, as in having broken free from some restraint, or perhaps from a bad situation. I will leave it up to you to interpret this image as you wish.

27 comments:

Don said...

Beautiful!

Rabia said...

Wonderful as always..

Jaimie said...

Wow. That is absolutely beautiful!
I love your work. stunning.

Anonymous said...

Your illustration is furiously divine :) This makes me think of the dove of Peace breaking in to repair War. Shattering the wall of glass between both that serves as a facade. Those beautiful white wings will undoubtedly be charred, but I believe it will be worth the risk. Wonderful reflections of colour catching the wings and wall etc.:)

andrea said...

I love that the dove is flying towards the flames, like a moth. Wonderful design sense!

spunwithtears said...

wonderful

The Unknown said...

Wow. What a fantastic image!
love

Neelambari said...

Wonderful! I also like your 'Lost', this work is awesome.

isay said...

nice reflection of the fire in the dove!--a dove is a sign of peace and a fire can be a sign of outrage, unstable emotions(can be a lot of things and it is trying to walk trough a path where it can be of help or inspiration.....

anyway, this is another one of your beautiful work.

Corrine Nelson said...

Great image!

kg said...

wow! this is fabulous. the realism in your work - not just the cg stuff but in your traditional work as well - it's just awesome.

(p.s. - your illo for 'remote' is also great - i laughed at the 'happy trees' dude in the far right!)

Alison Ashwell said...

This is fantastic - just lovely

carla said...

So powerful and dramatic! Your control over all the different elements and textures is truly awe-inspiring. I at fist thought of a phoenix, but of course this is a dove...perhaps it shows how we humans always seem to burn our chances for peace? I don't know, but I do know this is very fine. Thanks for sharing it, Rick.

kay susan said...

What a stunning illustration!

Rick Lovell said...

Thanks, everyone for the kind comments.
kg- don't know if you were referring to this piece when you mentioned CG, but this is acrylics on illustration board, painted primarily with airbrush. I adjusted the color a bit in Photoshop once it was scanned, but it's all "traditional" media.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

That's beautiful and powerful. Great job!

Paula said...

Very rich in symbolism and very well rendered.

kg said...

my apologies - yes, i had thought this was rendered in the same way that your "escape" illo was. fantastic airbrush work!

Caroline said...

I like the way you found a more positive interpretation for broken.

Beautiful.

inki said...

Another good interpretation of the theme, Rick..and beautifully executed as usual!
Dede

Holly said...

Glad you went with the positive idea of broken. This is very powerful and extremely well done.

Wilnara said...

Nicely done!!! It made me think of the spirit freeing itself. Very powerful imagery.

bee'nme said...

Beautiful and powerful imagery!

Urban Convert said...

Fantastic image! I'm going to have to think about the symbolism some, though.

LDahl said...

I can hear the sound of the shattering glass, lots of movement in this.
I enjoyed seeing all of your illos, the hand coming out of the crack in the ice....crreepy!!!
Liked the fish and pearls very much too. I took a peek at your website and saw the poster Jazzcat #2... it is so purrrfect!!

Anonymous said...

This looks beautiful.
wynlen

Aravis said...

Wonderful idea, beautifully rendered!