Friday, November 28, 2008

Illustration Friday: Balloon -

"Balloon II"
digitally manipulated tempera-on-paper painting by Mick Mather
This week, Illustration Friday offers the theme of balloon. Since I'm on vacation and trying to get back to my Sherlock Holmes stories, I've cheated just a little bit. If this looks familiar, perhaps some will remember this image from The Toys Series that was posted back in May if my reckoning is right. I used an alternate version, recolored it and put it here for all to see. Now, where was I? Oh yes, in the words of Mr. Holmes, "Come, Watson, Come! The game is afoot."

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12 Comments:

Blogger Alicia Tormey said...

Love the simplicity and abstraction of this piece. Very Nice!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Alicia Tormey:
I do appreciate the visit and these kind words, Alicia. Each work in The Toys Series began as a very simple, childlike painting that was scanned and manipulated. I'm pleased that you like this one. :)

3:56 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Quite bluish! I seem to remember that the sky sometimes is of same color...?

6:15 AM  
Blogger David Kow said...

this is a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

SusuPetal:
Poor Susu! The color of your sky will be like this again come summer ... maybe! :O

David Kow:
Thanks so much, David. :)

8:17 AM  
Blogger Shani said...

Love the beautiful blue color, and, well, doesn't it kinda look like a condom to you? Or is it just me? Course a condom could be thought of as a balloon too I suppose.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Heather T. said...

Perhaps I'm odd, but this is quite uterine, in a very lovely way... =) I'm interested to know how you distorted the tempera!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Shani:
I say thanks for the comment on the color. To be honest, the resemblance to a condom escapes me ... that said, I do get a kick out of what you all see.

Heather T:
As above, in my reply to Shani, I delight in hearing the perceptions of others and don't judge those I disagree with, or don't see myself, to be odd. I do find it fascinating to find the ying and the yang in two back-to-back comments though. After reading through a number of your posts - FABULOUS by the bye - I'm convinced that you're not odd at all.

The tempera-on-paper paintings (on newspaper actually) are scanned and then run through the Super Secret Array here at the Secret Visual Laboratory and that's as much information as I can give you. :D

8:01 PM  
Blogger Heather T. said...

*LOL* Gee, thanks for the clarifications!!! *still chuckling*

8:04 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Heather T:
LMAO ... okay, your only hint is this - look in my sidebar and visit The Plugin Site. Lot's to see, try some of the free stuff and limited trial demos.

8:20 PM  
Blogger rebecca woodward said...

Mick, I love this balloon illustration of yours and care not that you posted it earlier in your Toys Series. I'm still trying to figure out the condom visual that Shani sees. Actually I was blushing a little and totally forgot to leave a comment. But here I am, back to the post to rectify that blunder. Hope the Sherlock reading was restful and enjoyable.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

rebecca woodward:
I think I may have been blushing along with you, 'Becca, but I'm glad you enjoyed this piece. As for the Sherlock Holmes reading, it's always restful and enjoyable. For me, there's something about the English tongue of the post-Gilded Age era and I find it a delight to pursue.

9:40 PM  

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