“Linked” for Illustration Friday

Been reading the discussions over at Zero2Illo’s “clubhouse” – about finding one’s style etc. And became increasingly aware of the fact that there is a huge gulf between the kind of work I like and the kind of work I create – and not just a gulf of skill, either. I tend to be practical to a fault; I never have created much art for art’s sake – it’s always for something. Song cards for my kid (many things for my kid) – gifts, decorations. I’ve always complained that I don’t feel I have much to say when confronted with a blank page, but now I’m not so sure that’s true; I think I’m restraining myself far too much when facing that page.

My more honest style/inclinations tend much more towards the darker side of things than, say, the school bus side of things. So while I’ll keep working on the stuff for my kid, I think I’ll also try to induce myself to do more that appeals to me.

So I did this for “Linked” for Illustration Friday. When I first saw the word I thought it’d be an empty well for me – but it only took me four seconds once I sat down to come up with conjoined twins, because I love conjoined twins. So this is pencil, Crayola supermarket watercolors (heh), and some digital editing and I did the hand lettering in Photoshop. As usual, click for larger.

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5 Responses to ““Linked” for Illustration Friday”

  1. Justin Segal says:

    Gawd, Katie, you and me — the first thing I thought of was co-joined twins too. I even did a couple sketches, but then I wandered into something else.

    I’ve got a huge gulf between what I do and what I love to see in art, and I really love trying to push myself to try new things with the paintings and drawings.

    One of your twins seems ok with it, the other one not so much! Isn’t it always like that?!

  2. E du Plessis says:

    Like this idea a lot for the theme, reminds me a little of Jekyll & Hyde as well. Don’t we all don both skins? The darker one just sometimes better hidden in others. ;)

  3. sharon says:

    ouch! i love how you depicted that being linked means something different for each of your twins. lovely illustration!