Wednesday, November 16, 2005

"strength" -- IF topic for 11.11.05

"strength" -- illustration friday -- 11.11.05 -- #399 on illustration friday (#68 in the archives)

this is a colored pencil drawing of joey, jerry's grandson, who was born may 15, 2005. i chose this for IF b/c i think that the birthing process shows an amazing amount of strength and stamina on the part of the mother as well as the baby. most often, we don't think of the traumatic experience for the baby, being taken from the nice, warm, comforting home and forced through a too-small tube to fall into the middle of the bright, loud confusion of a delivery room. to survive that and to thrive in the new setting and learn/grow/change as newborns do -- that's strength.

i've not ever done any type drawing like this or had any training, so it was a totally new experience. the drawing was done from a photo that was taken just minutes after joey's birth. the shading in some places was easier than others, but overall, i was happy w/ a first attempt at a project like this! feel free to comment or offer advice, though. i'd like to get better, and then i have a few other children in mind that i might need to make a picture of/for.

the drawing was done on cardstock that had a vertical grain to it. that's part of the reason for the shading being more difficult -- i couldn't get the color to "stick" to the paper b/c of the shiny finish. i used prang colored pencils and then had to spray the finished page w/ matte finish. even after that, the page was still shiny in the photos (because of the flash) but is not that shiny in reality.


Blogger youcantryreachingme said...

I totally agree about the strength of birth! I have an awesome photo of my second daughter who was delivered by caesarean (I'm the dad, by the way - in case the user pic didn't show it!! :D ). The nurse was holding her, on a diagonal, so all you see is this little screaming baby in much the same posture as your illustration, with a backdrop of operating-theatre-green fabric, and given the delivery, she's covered in all sorts of wonderful colours (let's leave it at that!). Any way you look at it, it's strength: to be born, to give birth. I thought about posting it, but I'm not sure that a photo counts as "illustration", and I didn't want to use graphics filters to try and sneak it in... anyway - love your subject choice! totally agree!

Chris (

Wed Nov 16, 08:28:00 PM CST  
Blogger Misa said...

I love your drawing! I think it's well done.

Wed Nov 16, 09:25:00 PM CST  
Blogger bdelpesco said...

Beautiful, surreal, soft drawing. I love all the subtle colors, and the composition (and the subject)!

Wed Nov 16, 10:09:00 PM CST  
Blogger Carol Bonomo said...

Really fine work. You SHOULD be pleased (although I hate the 's' word--in this case it applies!). An amazing effort, wonderfully rendered.

Thu Nov 17, 10:44:00 AM CST  
Blogger youcantryreachingme said...

Jill, if you're interested, I did end up posting the photo at

Thu Nov 17, 05:54:00 PM CST  
Blogger Linda said...

This is a great approach to BOTH topics -- strength and folds. I love your commentary, too.

Thu Nov 17, 05:54:00 PM CST  
Blogger kay susan said...

this is beautiful!

Thu Nov 17, 06:42:00 PM CST  

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