Sunday, October 12, 2008

Self Portrait 52 of 100: Illustration Friday, Strings

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet,
regardless of time, place, or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle,
but it will never break."
- an ancient Chinese belief

The topic for Illustration Friday this week was "strings". One of my first thoughts was of the "Red String of Fate". I first encountered this story when I was a kid, in the comic book "Excalibur". There was a guy who could see all the strings connecting everything in the world, and kind of like using the force, he could grab and pull the strings making things happen to whatever was on the ends of that one. So I had this idea to actually have my arm unraveling as the red string, and meeting up with, and turning into my family.

Doing a little research, I came across this bit of verse on Wikipedia, and changed my mind. I remembered a photo I'd seen a couple of years ago of a young couple laying in the grass, and really liked the idea of me and my wife, hand in hand with the red string intertwined up our arms, tangled in some places, kind of loose in others, but basically tight and inextricable. I would also like to note that this is a terrible drawing of my wife... maybe I need to do 100 portraits of her. Ha-ha!

Thanks for looking, and I'll post again soon!
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Ryan Bowlin said...

Very nice, Jeff! I like it! It is tough to get the likeness down in these things. But I think with more work on training your eye you can get it closer and closer. It's a very cute drawing anyhow.

I also like the way you're moving things along with your blog. It's nice to see you sort of pushing yourself when you're working not to just do a study but rather undertake a whole world of exploration with these things. Hoping to see more character in your work and these are great starts! Kudos to you!

Nicky Linzey said...

I love this, your drawing is great and you've put across the idea so well. I also wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of the verse.


Fun blog- lots of cool images! Thanks for the comment...