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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Lost ...


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The latest entry to Illustration Friday from the prompt "Lost." I was inspired by an anti-marijuana commercial (something along the lines of, "just tell your mom you forgot about her because you were stoned). I was originally going to have a city street corner background with a lot of very large people walking past her, but I decided to go more simple (mainly because that would have taken forever).

The idea of a kid lost in such a busy, jungle of people really terrifies me. So, in a sense, this is a horror piece to me. So, I will have to add on to the story for this piece and make it a happy ending. She is scooped up moments later by her mother who (she didn't realize) was just right behind her getting ice cream. ;o)

I was also going to use Painter, but I just feel so awkward in there, still. For example, I try to select and move a small area of my drawing, and it created a new "floating" layer, and couldn't merge it.

So, I copped out and used Photoshop. ;o)

Hope ya like!

25 comments:

ShaManiak said...

Wowww...Such a wonderful tecnicque. And how cute girl. :) I like it. :)

Catnapping said...

the colours are so rich. i can feel the texture of her dress, and the gloss of the balloon.

I can imagine her anywhere like that: on a city block; at the fair; in the mall...

excellent.

Anonymous said...

I've tried Painter several times and JUST don't like it! Photoshop is great and this image is extremely well done! She is beautiful and I feel like crying with her; but then I look at the balloon and feel better :)

Caroline said...

This is beautiful and poigniant.

I've recently really got into Painter (after not using it for something like 10 years...). The brushes are scrumptious.

constanthing said...

I like it too. You've captured the mood so well.

bee'nme said...

She is really beautiful - you captured her fragile emotion so well. Thanks for the happy ending, btw.

Ellen said...

Well done! This certainly evokes the emotion of the word.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Well done-the colors are great.

THE BIG KH said...

this makes me wanna cry. it reminds me of that antidrug commercial

Ray Dillon said...

Wow. Thanks for all the great responses, everyone. I'm really glad you like this piece. I feel like I'm starting to get my painting style down (at least in Photoshop) and I'm speeding up a bit.

I definitely want to mess around with Painter some more, but, I admit, I got a little frustrated with it. So, another day. ;o)

Thanks, again!!

Alina Chau said...

The character is great!! Nice painting!!

anna said...

Very nice, dah-ling, very nice. Much better than the freshly cooked baby one from a few weeks ago. Heehee..

Hope you're well!

dennis w said...

I really identify with your "horror piece" comment. Once I got a call from my wife who was terrified because she couldn't find our daughter. I worked a short way from home so I took off and looked for her on the way home. By the time I got to our apartment, our daughter was home and everything was fine, but I never want to go through that kind of terror again--just worrying where she was and what could be happening to her.

Thanks for the great piece.

Ray Dillon said...

Thank you!

Dennis, yeah, that's frightening. If I knew the kinda panic that comes from that, I would never have run away like I did when I was a kid. I had a few occurences where I was "headed for the hills," or just playing a prank on my sister. I feel horrible about it now.

Thanks for checkin' it out.

kg said...

nice work, as always.

and the way she's holding the balloon - it looks so fragile, as if it's doing little to comfort her.

Ray Dillon said...

Thanks, kg. You're always so kind. ;o)

Glad you like it.

Meg said...

I can see a style developing...I always make sure to take a look at what you're doing on I.F. Nice job!

Ray Dillon said...

Thanks, meg! I appreciate you stoppin' by. ;o)

D Rock said...

Hey Ray,

I really like your illustration. There's such a sense of panic in it but at the same time there is a bit of whimsy and hope. Definitely is left up to the viewers interpretation. Very good. Look forward to seeing more of your work!

D Rock

Leezy said...

Very cool illustration. It conveys a heck of a lot of emotion.

Ray Dillon said...

Thanks, d rock and leezy (you guys should start up a rap group). ;o) I'm really glad you like it.

Mark McDonnell said...

Wonderful sketch. Love these, and the one of the two boys with the dog in the snow. Great stuff.

MAC

prettymama said...

this painting is very emotional to everyone here i love the colors in the painting yu can really feel how shes feeling like all deprested and worried that she has no where to go and that shes alone with no one to acompany her this right here is so deep i love it so much

fantasy_crazy! said...

LE BONBONS yes I am not french lol all though i am 11 and bord! I finished all my home work Yay!

Locika said...

Better sketch you have shared . Thanks for this shared .