Sunday, January 08, 2006

Illustration Friday: Sea

So Jonah went to sea in the belly of a 'fish' of some sort. Whether you take the story as literal fact or as allegory, his sea cruise had to be a little uncomfortable. And the fish... or whale... or whatever... having a hooman bean stuck in his craw. That had to hurt. No wonder he belched the reluctant prophet up on the beach.

Think I went a little overboard myself, with all the layering done here. One of those instances where you don't know where to stop. Same goes with this wordy text entry. Stop me, please.

Peace, everyone.

41 comments:

Janet said...

Oh, I like the illo and your wordy text! :)

janey said...

No don't stop please. This is a great illo and I love the bubbles.

Queen Tut said...

This is so exciting! I love the colours and texture that you have created.The bubbles are dreamy!

Anonymous said...

I like how the whale is transparent. All the bubbles and reflective light look great!

modroom said...

I don't see anything wrong with the layering, it's a beauty image. Underwater and in belly interpretation. I like the waves in the bubble and Jonah beckoning with his hands for the whale to open it's mouth. Over wordy is what I did to your peanut butter....::::-)

ValGalArt said...

twisselman, this is really wonderful! i love jonas expression his hands are trying to direct the story! This is amazing! love it!!!

andrea said...

I like how you've layered this -- kind of like the text in this post (just kidding...). Very unique.

Suzy said...

That's the great thing about this weeks subject, "Sea", so much layering in the sea.

Love your whale, and you captured the endless dark sea.

kg said...

not to layer-y, not too wordy. nice job!

ste-pha-nie said...

Totally like this, and we can always learn something from a story, whether literal, allegorical or whatever, if we just listen :) Peace back at ya'.

Michelle said...

You've created some great effects in this illustration - it has a mysterious feel to it.

carla said...

I dig all the layers..they make the ocean feel as thick and drak and scary as it must be. I love the way Jonah has fit himself to the shape of the whale with his hands facing upwards. It's an excellent illustration, and I enjoyed reading your commentary.

The Unknown said...

Cool stuff. Layer away!
love

steve said...

Ha ha!Don't worry about it man.This is great!

Alexa Brett said...

This is a great illo...Very interesting take on the whole sea theme, even for people who don't believe in all that stuff. I love the style and the idea.

scribblesk said...

Yes, it must have been supremely uncomfotable and you have captured that so wonderfully. I love the prophet guy and the whole xray vision perspective is so compelling and intriguing1

Tiffy said...

very interesting story! It's so cool to be able to see through the belly of a fish

Ellen Byrne said...

Very interesting!!! Very cool!

Liz Jones said...

Very cool! Nice Jonah!

Sea Angel said...

So... Hmm... who's this Jonah dude? (j/k)
Great illustration, as always. =)

Holly said...

This is brilliant! Well done.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

This is great. I love the layering and the lighting.

Wilnara said...

Great Illustration! Lovely interpretation of Jonah in the belly of the whale. Your illustration is crisp, and the illuminating of the belly is awesome. Simply Beautifully executed!

ratlion said...

Well, all the layers sure do work! You've definitely got the underwater feel...great job! :)

IdiotHead said...

I like the different interpretation on Jonah and the whale. I always look forward to your posts each week.
8^)

String said...

Beautiful! No problem with the layering for me either, looks purrrfect!

Marion said...

Great picture en line effect.

Karen said...

You're right, that would be a very uncomfortable way to travel! The bubbles are great. I don't think there is too much layering.

lorraine_alvarez said...

I love the effect!

gudbrandsdottir said...

I really like how you let the light play a big roll in this "layered" picture!
I wouldn´t mind to learn this kind of art :) - Some day maybe.....

cream said...

Great idea for the Sea! Lovely illustration!

catnapping said...

the layering is perfect. there's almost an airbrushed effect of jonah onto the whale, and then he sinks back in and blends with the whale.

too cool.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

I must ponder this to see how you got it to look SOOOO deep!

the painted pear said...

I think the back lighting is magical, and eerie. Nice to look at!

vfm4 said...

wonderful!

Amy Zaleski said...

Great take on the Jonah story...I like all the layering, but you're right, sometimes it is hard to know when to stop. Thanks for your comments on my blog - New England or Old England....I tried to make it innocuous. I always figured being the wife of a sailor would be very worrisome. I'm glad that comes across in the illustration.

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Jaimie said...

sweet. great job on jonah and the whale.

Don said...

LOL. I don't think you went too far at all. And apparently I'm not the only one. This is a great illo and very surreal. I LOVE it.

bee'nme said...

Glad to see someone did good ol' Jonah! And you did him SO WELL! Beautifully rendered - really gorgeous! Nicely done as are all your lovely pieces!

Alina Chau said...

beautiful and magical!