Illustration Friday: Blur

Whatcher Yennough, Patron Saint of First Impressions, acrylic and collage on found plywood, 2009 by Sarah Atlee. Click image to view source.
Whatcher Yennough, Patron Saint of First Impressions, acrylic and collage on found plywood, 2009. (Detail view.) Click image to view source.

He's, I don't know, maybe medium-sized, you know, average height, with short brown hair. I think he wears glasses. Eyes? Maybe bluish-brownish. Kinda dark, but, you know, not like dark dark. He was kinda funny-lookin'.

Whatcher is available at aka gallery in Oklahoma City. Detail views here and here.

Illustration Friday: Pale

Anonymous Niece, acrylic and colored pencil on Rives BFK, 2009 by Sarah Atlee Anonymous Niece, acrylic and colored pencil on Rives BFK, 2009. Click image to see full-size.

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Anonymous Niece was created for Seeing Other People, a show of contemporary portraiture by Oklahoma Artists. The show hangs in the OKC Underground Invited Artists Gallery from January to April 2009. There will be an opening reception this coming Thursday, January 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Please join us!

To create this fictional portrait, I worked from several photographic sources. My primary source was a picture I found in a stack of old family photos. There is no information on the photograph identifying the subject, just the name of the portrait studio: Jamiesons Studios, 3A High Street, Wrexham. (A quick search tells me that Wrexham is in northeast Wales, the country my family came from two generations ago. So it is likely the girl in the photograph is a distant relative.)

Following is a list of movies I listened to (on headphones, from my portable dvd player) while I worked on Anonymous Niece.

A Room With a View

Ballets Russes

Warming By the Devil's Fire

Charlie Wilson's War

Chicago

Pride and Prejudice (episode 1)

Illustration Friday: Red

Self Portrait with Left Turn, acrylic, ink and collage on canvas, 2006 Self Portrait with Left Turn. Acrylic, ink, and collage on canvas, 2006. Click image to enlarge.

I had a dream about colors and letters. Every letter was being assigned a color, and we would form words with swatches instead of sounds. I was on the committee to decide which letter got which color. The vowels were all getting red. I made the argument that E should definitely not get the red bandana swatch. Why? Because the letter E is so flighty. It's the Paris Hilton of letters. It would take the red bandana (a strong, traditional pattern), and be like, "Oops, I dropped it! Tee Hee!" Better give that color to someone else.

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