Friday, June 27, 2008

Illustration Friday: Fierce -

digital collage by Mick Mather
Once again I find the theme at Illustration Friday somewhat difficult. This week the word is fierce and I'm beginning to think that this much difficulty so many weeks in a row may actually just be me. Well, whichever way the wind is blowing, the fires out west are what collectively inform tonight's piece. I have another version of this that I like better, because of it's JMW Turner aura, but this one is somewhat smoother and less harsh to one's delicate sensibilities in view of such things as destructive fires. At the same time I have to wonder if the rougher image might be more effective. Even though torn, all is well and I've posted it here at No Matter What Shape - The Archive.

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Blogger *daisy said...

very beautiful- love the colors and painterly quality. The architectural element is an interesting choice- makes a strong contrast to the soft shapes of the fire and landscape. I too have been thinking of how to incorporate the big sur fires into my IF piece (if I will- not sure what I'll do yet)- definitely on the minds of any artist who has ever been inspired by that coastline. Anyway, lovely piece!

9:38 PM  
Blogger mitchowl said...

I love the dream-like quality of the fire.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Elegia said...

Wow, this is fierce, whatta colors! I can almost feel the heat.

12:53 AM  
Blogger shaky mouse said...

wonderful treatment of the fire.. this works really well

1:09 AM  
Blogger ms. froggie said...

i am really drawn to this, mick. something very jules vern-ish about this. like, i see a line of brave yet totally terrified adventurers, walking right under the "flow" of red, that looks like lava/fire...or trying to work their way thru this maze of, an huge underground maze.

wonndderful and very inspiring piece! :)

3:50 AM  
Blogger Roberta said...

Very appealing color palette.

8:03 AM  

remember that movie "the incredible melting man" - scared the bjesus out of me. this makes me think of that.

sidenote: I am electing you as official topic submitter for next week IF.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Thanks very much for your visit as well as for your comment. I appreciate the mention of the elements used in the piece. If you go back any distance to view past work, you'll find that my digital manipulations always that painterly quality. Thanks again for mentioning that as well. :)

I don't know that intentionally I set out for the dreamlike look (thanks for saying so by the by). Sometimes, images take on a life of their own; meaning that they get to decide how they'll look. Sometimes. :D

I must admit that I was torn by the different versions that escaped the Secret Visual Laboratory. I had to put them all away for quite a while before looking at them again. The one constant was the coloration, thanks, Elegia!

shaky mouse:
I say thanks for dropping in and thanks again for the comment. There's some cheese about the place somewhere. Careful where you poke your nose, though! :)

ms froggie:
Hmm, I'm not certain I see what you see, but, that's the beauty of it. I love it when others bring their own imagery and back story to a piece. :)

Thanks so much. While the colors were chosen, part of the fun is when the plug-in filters work their own magic and change things up when least expected.

the charm school dropout:
You know, as big a fan as I am of horror movies, I've never heard of that one. ROFLMAO @ "I am electing you official topic submitter". :D

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hummmmm...funny how we each see things isn't it? I personally find this one more haunting, I don't know it has an almost sepulchral quality to it the other doesn't. Both very nice mind you, but on this one, I think I actually prefer the other.

4:47 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

It's funny how much we think alike about certain images. I like both, but the other is my favorite too.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Mixed Media Martyr said...

I like both versions for different reasons. The first has a haunting slow motion feel to it and the second has a more dark comic edge to it. Liked visiting your blog.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

mixed media martyr:
I like both as well and for two more different reasons I bet! Thanks for stopping in 3M, we're open 24/7 and I'll try be sure to leave out some milk and cake next time. :)

5:02 AM  

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