Sunday, January 23, 2011

Illustration Friday: Dusty

Dusty Miller, acrylic & colored pencil, 6 x 12.5", 2011.
This week's theme for Illustration Friday was "dusty".  I work in a library; I see dust all the time.  I definitely didn't want to draw plain old dust, so I decided to draw the plant, Dusty Miller

My original idea for this was to have a lot of detailed pencil work, and to make it look like an old fashioned bookplate.  Once I drew the outline of the leaves it reminded me of batik fabric designs, so I ended up going in an entirely different direction.

The whole thing looks almost abstract, which is not at all my usual style.  It's Dusty Miller, but I could also get away with saying that it's an illustration of dust under a microscope.  Whatever it is, I think it's kind of interesting looking.  What do you think?

11 comments:

  1. I did think it was dust under a microscope. It's absolutely beautiful!

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  2. Thanks so much! I almost didn't post this because it took such I different turn that what I envisioned. It's wonderful to see your kind words!

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  3. You're right, it would make a really sharp fabric pattern. Submit this one to Spoonflower!

    I would have went with Dusty Springfield on this challenge, which wouldn't have looked nearly as cool!

    oh, and experiment like this more...
    it clearly works really well for you!

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  4. Bookplates, you say? Hmmm..... This needs some thought. ;-)

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  5. The colors on this piece are gorgeous, especially the really dark blues.

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  6. I wouldn't mind this on my wall! Lovely response

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  7. John: A surprising number of people did Dusty Springfield!

    Nancy: Does "hmmm" mean I'm getting a project?

    Elizabeth and Selina: Thank you so much!

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  8. this is a most lovely and fresh response to dusty: bravo!

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