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.


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... 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...


Great work. See ya. Uron.

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

Good job!

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

Very nice and beautifully captured likeness ! You must do more art !
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!


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 ? :))


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.


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

Awesome, Jill!

Keep it up.


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


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

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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.


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

nice work

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

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

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

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?

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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.


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

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

Very nice Jill


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

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

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

I LOVE this, 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!

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

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

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


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

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

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.


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.
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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!


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!


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!

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!!!

~ 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!


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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