Friday, July 18, 2008

Illustration Friday: Enough -

digital collage by Mick Mather
While the first idea that came to mind for this week's Illustration Friday theme, enough, wasn't about the "Sweet Science", it surely was the most persistent. Sometimes a professional boxer who is difficult to knock out cold will attempt to rise from the mat time and again on instinct alone. Eventually, a good referee will stop a fight when it's apparent that this is the case. As often as not you can read his lips as he proclaims, "enough"!

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Blogger Elegia said...

I like the contrast of colours "B&W", I mean nothing political when I'm saying that.

I think it's not enough yet, a few hit and then it's enough ;) I like the story in this picture, it leaves so much space to imagination.

2:34 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

The beauty of most art is the story that we bring to a work ourselves. I do believe that an artist should take some responsibility for their work, even if it means saying they don't understand, yet, exactly what it's all about. Lately I've had the delightful pleasure of hearing what many of you think and that's always important to me. Thank you, Elegia. :)

5:13 AM  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

enough is enough !but we need more your works!!!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

Very moody and strong.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

I'm honored by this call for more ... fortunately, you only have to wait until tomorrow. :)

digital scott:
Thanks for this comment, Scott, I'm always honored when you stop in. Part of the process here was to layer a handful of slightly varied, then offset versions of the image. I was going for that blurry, fuzzy-headed view one has when semi-conscious.

3:33 PM  

I love boxing pieces. This is very powerful, and sad.

4:54 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

the charm school dropout:
I thank you first for the comment and again for sparking my memory! I have a block-relief print of a pair of boxers that was cut at least a decade ago. Now I have at least one image I can scan and upload while I'm (ahem!) on vacation. :)

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well now that illustrates the theme perfectly! And if "Uncle" ever comes up as a prompt you can recycle it for that too!

2:28 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Thanks for the comment but I must respectfully disagree about "Uncle!" That theme would require a piece about "wrasslin'"! :D

5:06 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

I just called into the other room and asked my husband if he knew what "sweet science" was...he shouted back, "Boxing!" He came into the room to look at your photo and said the guy on the mat looks a little like Floyd Patterson. (He used to be a sports writer.) I think he misses it a bit! Great photo Mick. Have a great Vacation in August. Can I come along??

9:40 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

studio lolo:
This is, indeed, Patterson. A boxer who was rarely down in his prime, although Jake LaMotta once gave him a good snooze. The boxer standing over Patterson here is not LaMotta, it's Danny Nardico who put down The Raging Bull for the first time in his career on New Years Eve in 1952. So, this is a collage of two different matches. As for my vacation? The more the merrier, head east!

4:42 AM  
Blogger Kelly Meyers said...


6:54 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

kelly meyers:
Thanks so much ... I stopped by your place for a bit. I'll come back again soon. :)

9:28 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

This is a powerful pic, I like it.

12:38 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Thank you, Susu. I worked hard on this piece and was even able to delight myself by the end! :)

5:03 AM  

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