Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Illustration Friday - Balloon


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48 comments:

Lisa M Griffin said...

striking! i love the contrast in this piece... not only with the balloon, but the buildings as well. great submission.

Carmen Saldaña said...

Beautiful, as all your work. The red balloon looks amazing above the grey background.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OOOOH but you've done it again!!! This is simply magical. I love the use of color and texture! The momo thing really works here!!! Excellent again Kathy!!!

marina _ tsu-mina said...

Lovely and sweet...nice style!

sdzsmith said...

Hi -

Love the black and white with the shot of red! It reminds me of that older French film "The Red Balloon." It seems we watched that every year in elementary school - must've been the only film in the library.

Anyway, great idea once again.

kathy hare said...

Diane,
I was thinking of that film when I decided to use black and white with just the red of the balloon.. I have portrayed the balloon with a note attached to it because the children of one of my closest friends, who has passed away, release balloons into the sky with messages attached for her..

Anish Daolagupu said...

the starkness/(hardness?) of the buildings and the softness of the girl and the balloon... beautiful...

i like the slight redness of the cheeks... leetal detail... i don't know if anyone's noticed it... :P

Alicia Padrón said...

This is very inspiring and beautiful Kathy!! :o)

Edrian Thomidis said...

So beautiful and full of emotion and hope. Really love the note attached to the balloon. Wonderful message

Bella Sinclair said...

Wow, beautiful and emotional. You are amazing.

Becky said...

Love it!!

I like the idea of releasing a balloon with a message attached - very symbolic.

cathleen said...

Oh funny! It's similar to mine.

You've done a great job. I find myself looking at yours weekly.

Nice work!

yoon see said...

This is an usual great piece, with black & white emphasis and a dot of colour on the ballooon to show a magical shot here!
How clever!
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Roberta said...

It's lovely... It makes me pause and contemplate...

jazzlamb said...

I really appreciate the very decision of you having only the balloon colored.It works brilliantly.Also I guess since the buildings are so bare and look abandoned,I am constantly forced to look at the ballon as a sign of life, perhaps.wonderful.

Jess said...

I love this Kathy! The contrast between the geometric buildings and the round balloon works so well :) Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I felt my blue background was making me feel even colder!x

La Señorita Pil said...

wow Kate this is so wonderfull, the way you work is simple and perfect colors, love it!

Tessa said...

There is something so whimsical, so poignant and so utterly compelling about the solitary little girl and her red balloon. What a truly beautiful illo!

Vanessa Moreira said...

I like it!

Tony Sarrecchia... said...

Very nice. This reminds me of a movie we used to watch in grammar school.

Anna said...

I love the grey and red contrast Kathy... always very poetic, makes me think of the little girl in Schindler's List. How sweet yet sad that your late friend's children send her balloons, perhaps she is the girl in the building awaiting the message they send?

theartofpuro said...

Lovely and magical,love the colour contrast

Kimberly said...

You work is AWESOME!!!

Kimberly

get zapped said...

Poignant piece. Excellent use of color and composition.

linda sarah said...

this is just so very beautiful - and dreamy and poetic - wonderful work:-)

Christina Silverio said...

So stark and beautiful! There seems to be such hope on her face. :)

Chris Kennett said...

I love the sense of wanting to escape in this piece, although the girl does semm quite content. Very sweet. Thanks for the comment too btw.

Kate said...

Nice. Seems to tell a story.

Eric Barclay said...

Wonderful illustration-- it's sad, happy, and hopeful all at the same time. Great story telling and great use of color!

INDIGENE said...

I am a fanatical fan of black and white with color added, to make them both stand out. I find that closer attention is paid to a piece such as this. It also begs for the story behind it! I love coming to see what you come up with every week and I am never disappointed and always inspired! Fabulous, just fabulous!

Sara Butcher said...

{slaps hands down} I think I'm just for a loss of words. Your work is just so stunning. It really gets you thinking about the story behind the image. Do you create stories in your head as you draw? Because it sure does look like it. Whats so fantastic about this piece is you could use it in children's books, but also for a magazine article. True illustration Kathy, beautiful!

Juan said...

Great piece Kathy! Beautifully done.

flower girl said...

Oh this one is really beautiful!! love the combination of black and white with colours!! =)

Mark Cavell said...

Wonderfully melancholy but equally uplifting.
Love it!

Dot said...

I love your use of color here. Fabulous job.

Bee said...

Great image. The stark backdrop with a solitary character works really well with the flash of colour from the balloon. Very atmospheric.

Katie said...

I love your illustration with the grayscale and the red balloon. As if her world is gloomy without her balloon. Very wonderful.

sketched out said...

Poignant, yet uplifting. How do yo do it!? Also love the shock of red against the grayscale. Simply magical!

froggie said...

stunning, kathy. a wonderful piece! :)

rebecca woodward said...

What an awesome piece! The shapes and colors contrast really makes this pop! no pun intended there...
Another fab IF submission from you :)

Cock Yer Doodle said...

I wonder what's written on the tag! Another beautiful illustration. :)

Christina said...

beautiful work

Rick said...

She lost the one colorful object in her world. How sad is that?

Tiddly Inks said...

My favorite color combination! :)
Lovely all together.

nessadee said...

This is beautiful Kathy! It's funny, I had the same idea for color combination, but I didn't have time to do it.

I love your perspective in this one!

Alicia Padrón said...

I have an award for you Kathy!! :o)

kathy hare said...

Thankyou all for your comments, I really do appreciate them so much.. :)

anna wadham said...

I like the subtlety of this- very nice!