Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Heart on a Fuse

I saw this video of Neil Young at Mouse Medicine  (you will need to scroll down to see it). I thought he was holding an apple with a fuse in it, but it's actually meant to be an electric cord in the context of the song. Anyway, that's where this idea came from. Viewing the above-mentioned video is validating if you're in the arts...attitude at any age.
    As far as the art goes - I put this up on redbubble, where it's getting a thumbs down. I am completely unable to judge whether it's maybe a leetle too on the nose (not seeking reassurance, it's just hard to tell because I didn't think this up and therefore am not attached to it). 

15 comments:

Pam and Stan said...

I personally love this design. I don't see anything wrong with it. I like that it is really blatant and in your face about the most basic of concepts...love. The message is very simplistic, and strong simple messages generally put people on guard. Thats ok though, radical messages lead to radical change and variety of thought is good.

Bella Sinclair said...

I like your clean and crisp design, too! I particularly like the spark. And your shading of the heart is wonderful.

So, the apple with the fuse is really an electric cord, eh? I wonder what his hat was supposed to be. :)

Oh, thanks for calling my humble treehouse miyazaki-esque. That was just about the best compliment I could have gotten!

kyklops said...

Hmm... cynical me sees an image of harsh reality... the fuse is burning, time's almost up, and what goes first? The poor old "ticker."
But that's just me! Certainly the heart also symbolizes love which can be like fireworks...
I'd like to have one of those i-pods that Neil has...

Rohzi E. said...

I LOVE this design. I wish I could blow it up, frame it, and let it declare itself on my wall.

You are quite creative. : - ) Don't stop.

grrl+dog said...

hmm. not sure...

ArtSparker said...

Kyklops. - I tried getting my friend Terry to vet it for that reason, cause I'm getting up there, and he is too.

Bella- my favorite part is the spark, a little Warren Bros. I was hoping.

Thanks, Rohzi & Pam & Stan

Yup, grrl...I'm not either.

Son of Incogneato said...

I’ll be honest; I didn’t get it at first. But then again I’m kind of old and getting more obtuse by the minute. The sparky thing on the end of the fuse is so stylized and even that I didn’t immediately identify it for what it was supposed to be. I guess I thought it was a sea anemone or something.
Now that I get it, I think the idea is fantastic. Nary a man or woman alive who can’t identify with an exploding/broken heart, or what? Powerful imagery, like heartbreak itself. Thumbs up if the sea anemone is a fiery fuse end for most normal people.

Btw - what’s redbubble?

sumile said...

I love your illustration.
But I can't comment so much becausu I can't speak English.sorry

I have a gallery in Japan

Lori said...

well, i will give you a big thumbs UP!!! so there:)
thanks for visiting with me and offering your critique on my dress form...i am still pondering her...

Squirrel said...

I loved the design instantly, before reading the post. A strong bitter humor kind of message, something we can all relate to.

I am a said...

I like the truth in this design. It's sort of bitter-sweet. I'm feeling that love is capable and certainly vulnerable to disaster. Then I wonder what would happen if it were the reverse...love can actually prevent/put out disaster which awaits at one end.

wow...i'm digging it! Great piece! Lots of 'unanswers'--provoking!

Tomás Serrano said...

I like this image too. It´s very powerful.

dennis said...

Dennis loves you

R. Tieste said...

Gnarls Barkley: my best friend sent me a video featuring a song by that artist, the music video is pretty creative visually and thematically http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJrV-yKKNYI&feature=related. Anyway, on the real, your art just reminded me of the video. Its a great picture.

ArtSparker said...

R. Tieste - that video is quite amazing and fun.