Monday, September 10, 2007

Illustration Friday: Momentum

A few weeks ago we had major flooding after thunderstorms tore through the area. I like to walk along the river, so I'm used to seeing the changes in the water level, but had never seen it spill over that much land. The river usually has a gentle flow over the dam, but after the storm it turned into raging rapids over the rocks. As it gained momentum it carried off anything in its path. Now that the waters have receded a bit I was exploring some of what had washed up on the banks. I found an area where black rocks and snail shells had been deposited. I collected some of the shells which had previously been hidden under the water, and imagined their wild river journey. I was planning on doing an ambitious painting to represent this story, but ended up with this more graphic approach. I had a lot of fun with this drawing.

11 comments:

Barbara said...

I like your illo Angela! I had to giggle when I saw it, as I've been blogging about a snail's adventure for a few months: http://theadventuresofseymoursnail.blogspot.com/ , however, Seymour hasn't tried surfing just yet.

Nicole said...

Beautiful composition and colors!

Bobbie Dacus said...

Snail Surfin... WHAT FUN!! I love it!

Julie Hammond said...

Love this piece. The color combo and lines remind me of Art Nouveau.

Alina Chau said...

This is very lovely and elegant!

Emila Yusof said...

Beautiful work, Angela! Nice photo of snails too!

bee'nme said...

Great illustration - love the palette you chose and your rendering of the waves is wonderful!! Thanks for including the back story too - tied it all together nicely!

Michelle Lana said...

wow, that's a cool photo! always awesome work, angela!

janie said...

great graphics, beautiful colours and wicked imagination.

Giles Timms said...

Great image...I love all the swirls and the snail is very cute :)

Eric Orchard said...

This is great Angela, your lines are great and the muted colurs too. Can I link your blog to mine?