Monday, November 06, 2006

Illustration Friday- smoke

Smoke is a hot topic here in France at the moment since there will be changes made in the law to ban public smoking starting next year.

[ Stations , museums, government offices , shops, universities etc will be non smoking areas from February 2007 and restaurants, hotels and bars will have to comply in 2008]

I think its a good thing to make public spaces smoke free and it seems to work really well in Scotland and Ireland and Italy. I initially wondered about doing something to illustrate the smoking ban.

At the weekend we adopted a 5 month old kitten , who is smoke grey , charcoal and white - we are renaming him and the current favourite name is Gandalf- since he is very clever, both grey and white and his markings are remarkably like a long swirly grey cloak.

He has fitted in to the family amazingly well so far - its been 10 years since we last had a cat and it doesn't seem like it at all. So many things have changed in cat culture- there seems to be endless variations on things like litter trays and a multitude of different foods for all stages of cat life.

The litter trays with lids and charcoal filters are amazingly effective -a definite improvemnt on the old style trays -no smell and no litter flicked all over the floor. We were surprised at how quickly Gandalf learned to open the swinging door.

Here he is his debut photo on the blog - no doubt the first of many.
As far as the I Friday topic is concerned, I ended up experimenting with different brushes to try and make a smoke effect.

After a bit of experimentation, I quickly sketched a monster coalescing from smoke. It made me think of some x-rays I had last year , so I added in some vertebrae, with the idea that the monster might be getting more and more substantial as the smoke eddied and drifted around.

In order to give him a tiny bit more context, i thought I'd add in a magician's fire bowl, complete with mysterious coloured flames to help the spell along.

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10 comments:

Michelle Lana said...

Cute kitty...great work.

natural attrill said...

Oh Gandalf is so cute!
We used to have 6 cats, only 2 left now, who are both very old, mother and son, about 17/18 yrs. We have gone back to the begining again, as you do with old age I guess, we now have the litter tray in our living room, as it's alot for them to get up and down the stairs to the cellar and outside these days. Not so long ago they were out galavanting,for days in a row, catching rabbits.
Must be fun for you to have a kitten, they are so playful. Hope you all enjoy him.
Penny.

studio lolo said...

Oooh, I want to cuddle with Gandalf! Very nice illo and I like the explanation of how it came to be.

Fossfor said...

what a sweet kitten, welcome back to cat-world! we have 2 cats,a 13 year old and a 1 year old ,so things often get interesting in our house :)
I love your blog header too!

JD Bauer said...

I checked your website. Really strong and focused illustration. Good work.

Ian T. said...

This is truly creepy! The way you've done the overlapped shapes forming a face is amazing, and the whole inverted triangle composition is so right for this piece. It could work for a creepy anti-smoking campaign poster!

ren.kat said...

you forgot Norway- it's working well here, too. a tip: invest in wool blankets. Even up at the north cape outdoor cafes have spouted up for smokers- every cafe offering blankets- you know they disappear and I'm still kicking myself for not seeing this ahead of time and investing. . . (great blog!)

ren.kat said...

you forgot Norway- it's working well here, too. a tip: invest in wool blankets. Even up at the north cape outdoor cafes have spouted up for smokers- every cafe offering blankets- you know they disappear and I'm still kicking myself for not seeing this ahead of time and investing. . . (great blog!)

marsha said...

what a cute kitten...as for banning smoking in public. I personally think it is a good idea. I always hated the smell of cigarette smoke

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