Friday, May 25, 2007

Illustration Friday: Cars -

"Cars"
montage by Mick Mather
Too bad this theme, cars, wasn't offered at Illustration Friday a few weeks back when I loaded my Citroen CV. On the other hand, if it had been, I likely wouldn't have done the same illustration anyway. This afternoon, then, I went wandering through my photo files and picked a few with lots of cars in them. Just for fun, I cut out a single car, pasted it into the new (to me) DrawPlus software and fiddled for about an hour. Not much was working and, as often happens, I took one more stab at it before throwing in the towel. Voila! The result is kind'a, sort'a 1960's Peter Max-ish, wouldn't you say? I'm pleased...let the holiday weekend begin!

* I've had so many positive comments on this piece that I decided to post an alternate version of "Cars" alongside the original photograph, "Cars On Main Street". Also included is an image of the car used in this post before filtering and manipulating. You can see it all here.

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19 Comments:

Blogger Dom said...

I like it. It's psychedellic and new. Great job! :-)

12:42 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Dom:
Thanks so much. Yes, this is very reminiscent of the psychedelic era - funny, just the other day I was mentioning how everything "old" is "new again" ... except for me, I'm afraid! :)

12:58 PM  
Blogger miriam said...

Almost like the pieces of Andy Warhol . They go for millions now... I like the idea, good that you had one more go before throwing the towel in.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Miriam:
Thanks so much for stopping by my place. Yes, that "one more step" thing, along the road to invention or success, is something I've used for years and years. It might even be a character flaw by now! :D

1:40 PM  
Blogger platinum blonde said...

this is beautiful!!! i love the style...it is pop art meets impressionist

7:31 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

PT:
Awwwwwwww...thanks with a big ol' blush for this one. The piece was great fun to do once it began to - no pun intended - "pop"!!! :D

7:54 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Beautiful! I love the shapes and colours!!!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Valgalart:
Thanks so much Val. Fortunately for me, I've had a little bit of time to get back around to all of the other blogs I used to frequent way back when. I hope it will last for a while.

6:24 AM  
Blogger *ItkUpiLLi* said...

Colours are perfect. Oh and do I have to say once more something about balance, no instead I say that as a car freak I like this one very much, you are so unique with your style, even this is so pop, it’s still so you. Ihana!

6:42 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Itkupilli:
Again and again your wonderful comments touch me in a way that others don't - well, they do but not quite the same. Thank you, Kirsi, with a blush, of course. :)

9:12 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Although I'm not for cars, I like this. Pop, psychedellic and a little bit acid:)

10:21 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Susupetal:
Believe it or not, I sit on a few Civic Committees with an eye toward making our urban area more liveable - read that as fewer cars, fewer parking lots & garages, more green space and pedestrian walkways. That said, thanks for the wonderful comment - let this be the poster for relegating cars to somewhere outside the City Centre. I love to walk, even in the cold and windy winter months, can you tell?

11:09 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Walking is a great way to move forwards, if you don't have to carry litres of milk from the shop:)

I love to walk, but not to work, then I'll take the bus. Living in Helsinki, there's no problem to use communal buses, trams and metro. Connections are good and one really doesn't need a car in Helsinki. Country side is a different thing, the distances are long and there goes maybe one bus in the morning and the other in the evening and the distance to the nearest bus stop is 10 kilometres.
You have to have a car out there...!

Old cars are though very elegant, I must say:)

11:38 AM  
Blogger aarph said...

Nicely done Mick! I like the silk-screen look of this piece. Very reminiscent of 1960's poster art.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Richard:
I thank you for this comment. Admittedly, though, this particular piece falls into the category of a "happy accident" for me. Once the 1960's influences started coming to the surface, indeed I did go with it knowingly. I'm pleased that so many folks still enjoy seeing this sort of art that, unlike so many other isms, are clearly still rooted in that decade. Come to that, was there a Neo-Pop / Neo-Op Art movement since then? I know I've seen a bit of the style about, but can't put a finger on any stronger movement thereto.

8:41 PM  
Blogger carla said...

This defintely has a 60s vibe...especially the colors. Although these are clearly cars, they also make me think of a herd or elephants stampeding and raising dust. Very cool, Mick!

5:09 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Carla:
Thanks very much and, jeepers! I can see those elephants now! This is what I always enjoy about looking at art, that different people see different things in a piece. One of these days (maybe even today!) I suppose I should post the original car, if I saved it, to show what it looked like before it was multiplied and manipulated.

6:31 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Very pop-art!! Love it!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Lolo:
Thank you so very much with, always, a blush.
I hope that you, and everyone else who (ahem!) "pops" in here, will have a peek over at No Matter What Shape - http://nomatterwhatshape.blogspot.com/2007/05/value-added.html - where I've posted much more on this particular piece. :)

1:17 PM  

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