Thursday, March 19, 2009

legendary - IF - 3/13

illustration friday's theme this week (3/13/09) was "legendary," and i was inspired to create this picture of someone i feel has been legendary in the music industry and pop culture in american society. this picture measures 15" x 22" and is done on stonehenge natural 90# paper w/ a prang #23 sepia colored pencil. it will be sprayed w/ a working fixative for protection until framing.

this was supposed to be just a small picture to encourage myself to get back into doing artwork, but my daughter said she would love to have a picture of elvis to put in their bedroom with the lyrics of "love me tender," which was the song played at her wedding. because of that stated wish, i felt compelled to make this picture big enough to be used for what she wants to use it for. this picture fulfills 2 things -- it gave me an inspirational project to work on and will hopefully provide a piece of art for my daughter's enjoyment.

45 Comments:

Blogger faeorain said...

Excellent work on this one Jill! You captured the likeness very well, and he is a truly a legend indeed.

Fri Mar 20, 05:47:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the work. so happy to see you doing art work again. hope to see much more. xoxo jerry

Fri Mar 20, 06:17:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Patty said...

Wow...you never cease to amaze me. This is a beautiful piece! You are so talented!! P

Fri Mar 20, 08:42:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REALLY REALY good!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. mary carol

Fri Mar 20, 08:51:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Quilt Knit said...

Wonderful piece!
keep working

Fri Mar 20, 09:16:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jill,

Great work. See ya. Uron.

Wonderful canned tomatoes.(this is a p.s.).

Fri Mar 20, 09:25:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous djd said...

Good job!

(from WcW)

Fri Mar 20, 10:49:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Barbara said...

Very nice and beautifully captured likeness ! You must do more art !
regards,
Barbara Smock

Fri Mar 20, 12:54:00 PM CDT  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

That's neat! Well done, love the style!

Fri Mar 20, 02:53:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Beth said...

How beautiful! Crafting is very good therapy.

Fri Mar 20, 03:00:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really nice work, Jill! Thanks for sharing!

Robin

Fri Mar 20, 03:11:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Susan said...

Can't go wrong with the King! Great job!

Fri Mar 20, 03:32:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Rita said...

Jill, this is wonderful. I'm so glad to see your beautiful artwork again. What's next ? :))

Rita

Fri Mar 20, 03:40:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Shelly McC said...

This is fantastic.

Fri Mar 20, 03:53:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Purple Pony Art said...

Wow! Good choice for IF. I like this. I went to Graceland in October and my husband and I were surprised at what a transformative experience it was. We went from knowing just a little about Elvis to reading voraciously about him.

Fri Mar 20, 03:56:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Melisa said...

Wonderful work, Jill! I hope this will be the start of a creative streak for you. A year is too long to go without art!

Fri Mar 20, 04:02:00 PM CDT  
Blogger shadyjack said...

Thank you for sharing this picture....I never realized you are such a wonderful and talented artist....this is just amazing...hope you continue to post your work

Fri Mar 20, 04:28:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Elizabeth Golden said...

I love Elvis, great piece your daughter will love it.

Fri Mar 20, 11:58:00 PM CDT  
Blogger rscoach said...

Wow! Jill what wonderful work! I was raised on Elvis (I even named my big fat orange kitty after him) - you did a great job! Thanks for sharing with us - Reva (Los Angeles)

Sat Mar 21, 02:32:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice Jill! Lovely piece. Hope you send us more! Jane

Sat Mar 21, 08:53:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is wonderful, Jill! My sister was and is a huge Elvis fan and no doubt would love this. Great work! I love the sepia tone.

John

Sat Mar 21, 08:54:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome, Jill!

Keep it up.

Ken

Sat Mar 21, 09:03:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jill,

That is beautiful. I love it. Your daughter will be thrilled.

Trac tracykaufman. blogspot. com

Sat Mar 21, 09:12:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jill, for sharing your work. It was interesting to read your blog about the painting...your daughter is getting a wonderful gift.

Janet

Sat Mar 21, 09:13:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for you ! ive been in a lull too and it is hard to get back to
creating.

nice work
syl

Sat Mar 21, 09:14:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi;
Glad to see you back to creating:) I'm slumping right now, my creative side must be on vacation.

Suann
WhimsicolorDesigns. com

Sat Mar 21, 09:15:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jill,
You are very talented, and I really am impressed by this piece. So by doing this piece, do you feel that you are into the swing of things?

Brett
http://brettcorbins art.blogspot. com/

Sat Mar 21, 09:23:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great piece! I do love "The King".....yummmm. I'll bet your daughter loves this one.

Stacey

Sat Mar 21, 09:24:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work Jill and I had to show my mom whose a huge Elvis fan....she loved
it.
Larry

My Drawings/Portraits
http://picasaweb. google.com/ dimeraspawn

The Art & The Artist - My blog
http://graphiteport raitartist. blogspot. com

Sat Mar 21, 09:26:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice Jill

Bobbi

Sat Mar 21, 09:30:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really well done! I can see your daughter will love it.
Sherre

Sat Mar 21, 09:31:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE this, Jill...am lurking on another group with you and saw it there, so am very glad to keep my anonymity there by saying here how much I admire it. Just wonderful!
Jen

Sat Mar 21, 09:48:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jill,
Nice to see you back.
Love the choice of image and the story was just as fun to see.
Thanks for sharing.
Shelly

Sat Mar 21, 09:49:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

cindy jones

Sat Mar 21, 09:51:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you did a really good job on it, thanks for sharing!
Elaine

Sat Mar 21, 10:01:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job !! I hope you will continue. I could almost hear "Love Me Tender" in the background when I saw the picture.

Harry

Sat Mar 21, 10:04:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Jill, on a piece of artwork of an outstanding entertainer. I'm sure your daughter appreciates this fine piece of art. Great work in sepia.
Donn
http://www.flickr. com/photos/ waysidejourney
http://alongtheways ide.blogspot. com/

Sat Mar 21, 10:07:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

H, Jill ... You definitely captured him. Was this done with inks? Get back
into art, girl, it's good for the soul!

Nola

Sat Mar 21, 10:09:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jill, I think your inspirational piece is wonderful. It will go very well with the lyrics on her wall. I love the tone and the subject as well as the song. You have chosen a pose of him at the peak of his career and that works well.
Now, don't let that inspiration fall.
Keep On Creating!

Vincent
www.rural-route-one.com
www.starving-artists.net

Sat Mar 21, 10:11:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Eva said...

Excellent likeness. My late friends worked in Hollywood with him. One was a make up artist and her husband a photographer.He left me several of his pictures of Elvis and this reminds me of one of them posterized. Good Job!
Eva

Sun Mar 22, 10:14:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So... I am the lucky daughter who will soon have this picture hanging on my wall! And y'all are right, I love it, I'm lucky to get it, I appreciate the gift, it's fabulous, she should get back into art, she should post more than once a year, etc!!!

I love this, and I'm thinking this may be your best creation yet!!!

LOVE YOU!
~ Sum

Sun Mar 22, 10:28:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely Fabulous!Annie

Mon Mar 23, 08:46:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great picture of Elvis. He still 'sends me'when I hear his music - just shows my age. Jean uk

Mon Mar 23, 08:53:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet it felt great to get that done! I know when I was able to go back to journaling after a "dry" spell, it was exhilirating!

Cathy

Mon Mar 23, 08:54:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jill, though I'm not an Elvis fan (!) I can appreciate your work anyway! Keep up the good work!

Cynthia Padilla
art instructor

Fri Mar 27, 08:23:00 AM CDT  

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