Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Illustration Friday: Skyline

I glanced out the window at work last week, and saw this strange suessian-type roadwork vehicle. It poured out some dust which whirled into a big cloud, and then rather precariously weaved from lane to lane backwards with cars zipping by. I'm not sure what the purpose was. My only thought was that it must have been part of some kind of pothole prevention plan.

I wanted to be more creative and looser with this, but got caught up with the details. I added an industrial skyline in an attempt to fit this week's topic. I'm not sure if I like the results with this one. I see it more as a stepping stone to some other design directions I want to explore.

Here's the photo I snapped before it sped off:

19 comments:

michael dailey said...

this is wild and wacky but i like it for some reason or maybe i dont even need 1 lol nice blending of reality and ur imagination

Alina Chau said...

This is wonderful!!

Alina Chau said...

This is wonderful!!

carla said...

That is the weirdest machine! I really like what you've done with it...the combination of detail and whimsy in your illustration is a great mix. It sort of reminds me of 19th century drawings of contraptions...the colors and the flatness of the background make me think of the industrila revolution. This is very cool! Keep doing more of these...I think you're on to something special.

Amy Zaleski said...

What on Earth is that machine for? I'm glad you included the photo so I could believe it's a real machine! I love what you 've done with this. The colors are perfect and the details are too.

Kayleen Stewart said...

I like it. Your illo reminds me of drawing plans a bit.

smoen said...

I really like what you did with your odd find. The piece looks like a tech. drawing for machinery- I love the use of color and lines! Great and fun illo!!!

TXArtcGal said...

That sure is some unusual contraption...and, you depicted it wonderfully in your illustration! I love the lines and the colors...awesome!

Geninne said...

WOW Angela, this is fantastic!!! The atmosphere of your illo is just enchanting...I'm lovin' this new style of your a lot :-)

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Totally cool! I wish it were bigger, there seems to be a lot of really rich detail that I wanted to see! You rock!

Andrea said...

wow! where do you work? mars?

Nicole said...

Really reminds me of David Weisner's Sector 7 book (look on amazon). But with your own unique color palette and style. This is excellent and interesting work.

flossy-p said...

You were lucky to catch a photo of this guys' whatever-the-hell-that-is-mobile. If you'd have just posted your illo and told us it was based on a real contraption, let me assure you, no one would have believed you, hehehe. It's so so wired, I've never seen anything like that.

Anyway, you've done a great job of illustrating it and creating an atmosphere for it to fit into so perfectly. The umbrella is a stroke of genius!

Trevor Pitt said...

AWESOME Angela!!!! You know I LOVE anything Seussian! Great background on your piece...very fun. I love that you've added a bit more color to the contraption, it really helps it pop out. I still think that machine is just something that guy built in his garage and just brings it out to do Shriner parades.

God job. :)

Roz Foster said...

What the heck? You know, before I scrolled down, I was sure you'd hallucinated this contraption, but, lo, thar she blows. Sometimes, the world is so absurd and hilarious. I mean, look how industrial whatever that thing is -- and then it's got this delicate little red parasol protecting the gas-masked driver.

Your drawing of it is fantastic. Just wonderful.

ValGalArt said...

This is really amazing Angela! So sorry I have missed you lo these past weeks but I will link you as I adore what you do! This is the most fantastical yet real contraption!!! Wonderful!

tiffinix said...

Oh my gosh this is GORGEOUS!! I love the colors and the texture and shading. Fantastic!! Just fantastic!

bobdylan8 said...

You did an excellent job on this picture. It is very nice.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

amazing process!