Saturday, May 16, 2009

Competition is contagious

The illustrationfriday prompt is contagious, and I just did this illustration for the Berkeley Monthly, a first person piece about a woman who believes the middle-aged man next to her is competing to get across Lake Merritt while sculling. Apparently all emotions are contagious, even at a remove - scientists have done a recent study on happiness. The sculls in this drawing are kind of theoretical - I went down to Lake Merritt to look at them, but they were in a cage upside down (whines defensively).

Alice will be back on Tuesday, I am catching up on drawing little people.

14 comments:

yvette said...

this is something you see immediatly for your eyes and fill in your own story.

ger said...

Funny - him, rather dumb I guess, but blissfuly incontestable - her, competend, self-assertion-addicted - a scene from "real" life, with or without authentic sculls...

Donna Childree Gotlib said...

This was a great illustration and a fun read. Beautiful work.

Rohzi E. said...

hahaha, hooray for Wonder Woman. Sometimes, it's in your best interest to look at everything as a competition, even if you're only competing with yourself. It may assist oneself in getting things done that, under normal non-competitive circumstances, would have never gotten done. : - ) Nice piece. I really like it.

rosedale's 4 head said...

the weird thing about this is i've never felt a need to compete with any guy in my 43 (soon to be 44)years of living EXCEPT.......

my Dad....and even that was about
me doing what i want instead of what he'd wanted ('you're 30, you need to buy a house' -- 'i'm not ready to buy a house, Dad...remember my choices belong to me...?')

he was still (and still is...evan as a memory) a perfect rose!

thanks for always posting thought-provoking work...still looking forward to the Star Telegram illustration! Can't wait....let me know if you need copies, more than your own...

Alice said...

yay for Wonder woman! And I must say I am loving your "Alice" pictures. I think the shadows are what makes them. Also how did you know I'm a total dag for LOST? :oP

Linda S. Socha said...

I am new to your blog. Love the art work Illustrations. I confess I have been a Wonder Woman fan a long time!
Linda

tony said...

(as someone who is deeply& agressivly non-competitive) the Glint in her eye worries me............

notmassproduced said...

great illustration

Laurie Cannon said...

Those upside-down sculls
translated beautifully to
water-ready and running.
I love the color and startling graphics.
Must've been a funny story...

And did you catch that "Fringe" tale
re the man who was scientifically altered
in childhood whose emotions were
contagious? Unfortunately, or fortunately
for the plot, he was always on a downer.
Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!

ArtSparker said...

Laurie - I don't know the Fringe story, who is it by? It sounds like something from the old Pulp magazine days.

Laurie Cannon said...

"Fringe" is another TV show.
They took The X Files and improved it. Really.
They just aired the season finale though,
so it may not be back until Fall.

Sparkle Plenty said...

I feel your sculls are optimally scullacious here. Well done.

Seriously, this illustration perfectly captures the first person piece you describe. I am very embarrassed to admit that I've experienced similar emotions once or twice. Once, I was at a county fair--very zeroed in on blowing up and exploding a balloon by aiming a stream of water from a squirt gun into a clown head's mouth (this is poorly described, sorry). I could sense another fairgoer at my side doing the same thing, I got all competitive and ironwoman like, burst my balloon, turned to smile victoriously at my opponent, and found myself gazing into the forlorn face of a three year old boy whose mother was propping him up and glaring at me.

I won an apron-clad mouse.

thedoodlegirl said...

I love those lines! Great work.