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Beginner [14 May 2011|06:52am]

[ mood | happy ]

Usually I think of an idea by Tuesday and just can't get it done in time for Thursday night. Maybe I would do better if it was Illustration Fortnight!

For last week's theme was "beginner" and the idea came very naturally - a young bird learning to fly. I didn't have a particular bird in mind when I sketched him, but he came out a sparrow!

Beginner by Calzephyr
Beginner, a photo by Calzephyr on Flickr.

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Illustration Friday: Stargazing [21 Aug 2010|09:09am]

[ mood | blah ]

Every now and then a topic on Illustration Friday is enough to get me moving as fast as possible, but the past week was ridiculously busy and a week just wasn't enough time. I doodled the idea at work on Friday but didn't get around to actually drawing it until Sunday, and then with two out of four evenings occupied, there wouldn't be enough time to colour. So I took what I had, added some filters to it (ugh!) and posted away. I can't wait to finish the actual picture. It's really going to be nice, and have no filters!

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Welcome [13 Sep 2009|05:53pm]


048, originally uploaded by alida saxon.

I admit, I was in a strange mood when I painted this yesterday...

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Bringing it back [09 Sep 2009|07:13pm]


Remember this? Illustration Friday on Livejournal at illofriday ... I want to bring this back!

This week's topic is STRONG.

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"Strong" [09 Sep 2009|06:12pm]


044 , originally uploaded by alida saxon.

I was pondering what to do for my daily (I do a quick 20 minute painting each day, stopping even if it isn't done) and so I went to the Illustration Friday site to see what this week's theme was. "Strong" brought this piece about. I am very very happy with this piece. Absurdly so. I expect one of my following paintings will smack my self-satisfaction down soon enough. ;)

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Strong [06 Sep 2009|11:39pm]


First thing ... I have not posted in this community since forever. I have been rather busy and creatively dead. I am trying to make time to draw again, so I am using Illustration Friday and wotdillustrated to build a healthy drawing habit.

Second thing ... the subject of this image. I wanted to do a iconic symbol that showed strength. Atlas came to mind. However, I wanted to do something different. I tried to think about what in modern day history would be a large burden to bare on poor atlas's shoulders. I must admit that I have not been listening to the news everyday, but the economy and Obama's health care plan came to mind. I am not sure if this now mean I am for or against Obama's health care plan, but just saying that it is big and big news.

Third thing ... I was looking up wikipedia and found out that the whole iconic image of Atlas holding up Earth on his shoulder is wrong. Apparently, there was two Atlases and their stories have gotten mixed up.
"The origin of the term atlas is a common source of misconception, perhaps because two different mythical figures named 'Atlas' are associated with mapmaking.
• King Atlas, a mythical King of Mauretania, was, according to legend, a wise philosopher, mathematician and astronomer who supposedly made the first celestial globe. It was this Atlas that Mercator was referring to when he first used the name 'Atlas', and he included a depiction of the King on the title-page.
• However, the more widely known Atlas is a figure from Greek mythology. He is the son of the Titan Iapetus and Clymene (or Asia), and brother of Prometheus. Atlas was punished by Zeus and made to bear the weight of the heavens (the idea of Atlas carrying the Earth isn't correct according to the original myth) on his back."

What is that symbol on Atlas' back?Collapse )
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[13 Mar 2009|09:12am]


This week's assignment: LEGENDARY

Do you truly think I would enter any other choice?

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Breezy [05 Mar 2009|09:52pm]

It's been ages since I did an entry. When I think "breezy", I think of horses and blue! It's also another chance for me to do some papercutting. I want to do this horse in other colours, especially since I have some new X-acto blades. Nothing is worse than cutting with dull blades!

March 5, 2009 ::: Watercolour and paper ::: 2.5x3.5"
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Hey peeps... [01 Jan 2009|03:52pm]

Just wanted to say I made a full size painting from a little sketch from an IF back in...2007? Yikes! How time does fly.

This is probably the most involved painting I have undertaken. Click the painting to see a larger image and more detailed explanatoin. I was quite pleased to finish it today. Here's the in-progress pictures with the original IF picture.

Beastly Judgement
January 1, 2009::: Acrylic ::: 16x24"
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Topic: Balloon [02 Dec 2008|12:47am]
Illustration Friday: Balloon, by Miyuki Mouse

Wow, haven't participated in Illustration Friday in ages... Just some random fanart inspired by this week's prompt "balloon".

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[24 Oct 2008|04:47pm]

What happened to this community? :/ Illustration Friday's still going on, so can we post our illustrations here every Friday? Should someone put up a topic post and let everyone respond with their sketches or whathaveyou? :D

I'd love to see this group get active again ^^
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Baby [03 Jun 2008|04:52pm]

[ mood | relaxed ]

Baby (by Malipi)

For Illustration Friday.

This is the kind of thing that prevent us from going mad is this world.
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[25 Apr 2008|10:45am]


This week's assignment: WRINKLES

Thinking and drinking
And smoking make wrinkles
And time will never erase
Thinkers and drinkers
and smokers like Bertrand
And the wrinkles
that wrinkle his face.

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Illustration Friday 02.08.08 | CHOOSE [08 Feb 2008|11:30am]


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blanket [02 Feb 2008|02:34pm]

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Tales and Legends [28 Jan 2008|04:27pm]

This one is my user pic!

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Stitch [12 Jan 2008|11:23am]

This week's Illustration Friday is a reminder to do something I've been meaning to do. At my old job, I had craploads of free time. I also thought I would become a cross-stitch designer. I love cross-stitch heart and soul, but darn if I can complete anything. So here I have all these patterns that I made but I didn't get around to making models of, and was too paranoid to put on the web (I'm looking at you, pattern piggies!). Here is an actual pattern that you can stitch if you care too - I did get halfway through making the model, but wasn't able to complete it. Why? What's wrong with me? Am I doomed to be like my Great-Aunt Jo and leave half-finished projects behind? :-)

horse cross-stitch pattern

I will be adding this pattern to the patterns section of my website. If you like it, please consider a little tip :-) You can also email me if you would like the symbol version of this pattern or a larger copy.

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Horizon [28 Dec 2007|04:17pm]

illustrationOnce in a while, I'll draw something that I'll link to IL, but usually it's only coincidental that the IL 'word' will be remotely related to what I draw. I can't seem to draw something I like in relation to the IL word. Although my cartoons seem corny as it is, they are doubly corny when I try to make up something related to the Friday word. And as always, I'm always late. This was probably a cartoon I would've linked to IL if I had drawn it yesterday.
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Little Things [07 Dec 2007|12:00pm]

Click me!
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