Friday, June 12, 2009

Unfold/Russian Fairy Tale

The plot unfolded,

                thickened

                and

               condensed.

This one time only, Underground Man escaped his fate. 

I know we can't rewrite the past, but fiction can be a welcome relief at times. The above was partly inspired by an extremely negative comment about what I've been posting here - process, process. LOST will be back in a couple of days.

Also can I just say (any excuse will do), the illustration friday prompt "unfold" reminds me of  Wallace Stevens' "how to uncrumple this much-crumpled thing".

Hope everyone has as balletic a weekend as they could wish.

31 comments:

Maarit said...

Looks like he escaped the drama! I love the rose in his teeth and the inky ink drawing.

Rohzi E. said...

OMG.... this is, by far, my favorite piece of yours. Love it, love it, love it. It spoke volumes to my life, lol. You have no idea. The rose in the mouth was a perfect touch.

Escaping into fiction is an addictive pastime of mine.

Can we say T-SHIRT DESIGN? lol

get zapped said...

bravo!

Karen said...

I love this illustration - the figure is so wonderfully fluid, the movement of the words on the page and how they finally come together to get this guy to jump. Cool!

Karen said...

Oops, change jump... to leap off the page :-)

Jasmine said...

I love the way he ballet dance leaps off the page with the rose between his teeth,ready to romance and woo. Being saved obviously agrees with him.

I can't believe you get negative comments about your posts, they make ME smile. And that isn't always easy to do!

Keep up the good work ;o)

paulahewitt said...

I like it very much. I am surprised anyone commented negatively on your posts (i am a firm believer in posting what one wants, and the readers can stop reading if they dont like it) . I hope you told them to get LOST!

rosedale's 4 head said...

Oh I love this. I definitely would wear this on a T. In a second.

ArtSparker said...

I should clarify a little about the negative comment - someone who likes my work very much had posted some of the Alice stuff on her blog, and one of her commenters was offended both at my borrowing Tenniel and at the quality (of the photographs or drawings). Cause for reflection - it felt that it was quite personal for her, and I recalled that yesterday I left a comment on a blog -"nice to see------'s work" - of an illustrator who has been deceased for many years who the blogger hadn't credited. For me, illustrators being recognized falls is something I am invested in. This emotional investment is very close to the previously-mentioned woman's investment in Tenniel illustrations.

So,...? What a wonderful bird a frog are?

You tell me.

Laurie Cannon said...

Magical, Soo-San!

John Hayes said...

This is really great-- love this piece. As far as Tenniel goes, his work is in the public domain & is easily recognized. I can see the benefit of mentioning Tenniel, & I do very much believe in attribution, but I would think most people would know the Alice images as a sort of cultural heritage, & having looked at them I didn't get the sense you were trying to "pass something off." I thought your work with Tenniel was a very novel take on very well-known imagery.

ArtSparker said...

Thanks, John. Not to beat this to death, but it wasn't the copyright issue, it was the emotional attachment in both cases which (I believe) engaged the strong reactions. It's just interesting what is "family" to each of us.

jude said...

oh, i have something like this going on right now.
...i like the escape.

California Girl said...

nderful illustration with strong colors and contrasts. I can see how people get invested in something they have loved from childhood...I suppose. Your work has a nice whimsical twist.

Have you ever done "Wind in the Willows"? More great characters.

ArtSparker said...

CG - I was thinking about doing Wind in the Willows, There is a lovely little stream not far from where I live.

mum said...

Art Sparker, I am in deep trouble if people are emotionally attached to Mona Lisa and/or Tintin as my avatar uses both.

Some negative comments have the same effect on an artist as grownups laughing at a child's dancing or drawing.

I like what you did with the hurt the negativity had caused. The Underground Man leaving his bitterness behind and dancing off with a rose? Amen to that.

Best to you in whatever project you decide to dance with next.

grrl+dog said...

uh oh..

anything dog related?

Anyway, your blog is never ordinary, or homogenized or drive thru.
I just got this amazing book on creativity, and it;s title is:

"Ignore everybody."

Caio Fernandes said...

hi Susan !!!! yes , let the words scape . the banana one is realy cool too.
uauw!!!it seens that i dont come to visit your litlle world for one month alread ! i miss this.

Bee said...

This is my favorite piece of yours -- everything about it (the green background, the shocking pink rose, the figure escaping from the "dark" book).

It's WONDERFUL!

j. said...

this is MAGICAL!!!!!

CHAT ET ESSAI said...

What a wonderful world.

Coffee Messiah said...

Fantastic ; )

Sometimes, we need to chill I think. Unless someone is trying to pass something off as their own and making $$$$ on it, then there's a point to be made.

Tomás Serrano said...

Hmmm, spectacular. this is one of my favorites too.

Annette Q said...

Such a magnificent idea, bursting with originality: I love this!!

INDIGENE said...

Magically original! It's wonderful.

Katie White said...

Very cool how the figure is illustrated and jumping out of the book. I love it.

eleanor said...

great illustration! i love how the words are following the figure...very creative!

Coreopsis said...

This is delightful! I saw the T-shirt design somewhere (above? below?) and it made me really really happy. I need to go find it again.

lettuce said...

oh this is wonderful, i love it!

Loulou said...

Namasté! Got LOST in your space, adored it and would like to tell you I just love your poetry, the way those little characters are integrated within real life... beautiful!!!!
Take care
Loulou from India

justdoodleit said...

This is brilliant. Love the way how he's breaking the shackles of those words. The fact that it is Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground makes it a more powerful image!