Friday, June 29, 2007

Illustration Friday: Twist -

"Selfportrait of the Artist on a Thrill Ride"
digital collage by Mick Mather
As I was researching ideas for twist, this week's theme at Illustration Friday, there were too many all at once worth fiddling with. Since I'm off to work at a small fireworks festival this evening, I had to choose quickly and decided on this 1960's era amusement park ride. Invented by a team of English designers around 1959, it went almost immediately into productive use on both sides of the Atlantic and I remember it well.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

Very nice nostalgic piece, especially for this holiday!

10:58 AM  
Blogger zime said...

WOW!! Great image!!!!!!!!!

7:19 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

kathleen:
I really appreciate this comment and say "thanks" (with a blush!). It's always great fun to go back so many years and come away with a productive image for the effort. :)

zime:
Well, now! I'm especially pleased to receive a "WOW"!! I give those out sparingly myself, and if that's the same with you, I take it as an honor. :)

8:22 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

I think I may puke. :-) Nice work.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

rrramone:
ROFLMAO! Thanks for reminding me that the final test for a GREAT amusement park ride is the question, "did it make you feel like you were going to puke?" :D

7:16 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Great illo! (I hate these kinds of rides personally!) Love the illustration, though!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

As a boy, I loved them...now? I can't really do rides anymore. Thanks so much for the comment. :)

7:06 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

this seems to be a scary ride indeed!

luv the textures you incorporated here..

4:52 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

atomicvelevetsigh:
This could be a very scary ride the first few times one climbed into it. Clusters of rotating buckets would spin slower on the outward cycle and faster on the inward, giving the illusion of an imminent collision with an oncoming bucket in the neighboring, similarly rotating cluster. LOL - it's why they call it a "thrill ride" i bet!

6:08 PM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

I love going to the fair. This reminds me of so many great memories. How wonderful!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

imwithsully:
Thanks very much for this one (blush!) ... I have to say that it seems like I've struck a chord with this piece. I even tickled myself - not so hard to do actually - a delightful occurrance whenever it happens and I'm always pleased when my work evokes fond memories. :)

10:57 AM  

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