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Friday, June 02, 2006

Portrait ( x 3)

I whipped this illustration out while listening to Modest Mouse. I drew it on a piece of scratch paper with my Faber-Castle 3-H pencil, then inked over it with my Gel-Roller. I did this picture for Illustration Friday the theme is portrait.

I stole this idea from the classic Norman Rockwell picture. I thought I was so clever, until I googled the image I wanted and found out people have been stealing this idea for years. Isn't theft the most sincere form of flattery? Err... Something like that.

Do you ever steal ideas? Do you want to leave this thief some love?

41 Comments:

  • Very cool! One of your best ... of U, natch.

    Love, Luv,
    The Tart
    ; )

    By Blogger The Tart, at 15:15  

  • I steal all the time - collage! *giggle* As for the Rockwell - it seems to me he stole from you - it's only a matter of time, after all! ;)
    lovelovelovelovelovelovelove (had enough yet? ;))
    carra

    By Anonymous carra, at 16:11  

  • Hmm! You drew hairy legs!

    By Blogger marina, at 16:37  

  • You always make me laugh. Which is the real you ( I thought the 1st entry was pretty funny)?

    By Blogger JO, at 17:17  

  • Hey...I thought you were into painting in the nude! love

    By Blogger Janet, at 17:23  

  • me thinkie you're cute. and there's no original idea left, methinks. only original ways of rehashing them. :) love

    By Blogger transience, at 18:42  

  • Here is some love for you, you thief… Why didn’t you portray yourself as a naked bohemian with a pipe? Much love, and more love, Love.

    By Blogger albina, at 22:00  

  • What hairy legs you have! Or are those a strange kind of socks?

    Love your steal

    love

    By Blogger Caroline, at 22:54  

  • The resemblance is uncannay.

    Later

    By Blogger scarecrow, at 04:50  

  • You forgot the blood...
    Luv
    stevePoisonPencil
    :-D

    By Blogger steve, at 09:15  

  • uh... your talent is showing again...
    Love

    By Blogger LDahl, at 11:25  

  • Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Your drawing is not just imitation, it's parody, which makes it so much more fun!

    I like how you drew a baseball cap on the top of the easel, where Rockwell's original had an old (Roman style?) helmet.

    The "hairy drumsticks" are a nice touch, too.
    love

    By Blogger Cindy, at 15:52  

  • jocelyn: Thanks. :-)
    love

    carra: But are you an honest thief?
    Ha! Thanks.
    It's never enough. :-)
    love

    marina: I have hairy legs.
    love

    jo: Thanks.
    That is question that has bothered me for as long as I can remember.
    The real problem is I like the person I am in this blog more than the real me??
    :-P
    love

    janet: Just the once! :-)
    love

    transience: Thanks.
    Me thinkie you're right. Good thing I like hash. :-)
    love

    albina: Ha! Thanks.
    Alas, my pipe was empty. :-)
    love

    caroline: Sadly, I have no need of socks.
    love

    scarecrow: :-)
    love

    steve: Actually there was blood in the original, but I couldn't get it to look right so I just erased it.
    love

    ldahl: Oops. (zzzzzip.) Ahh... That's better. :-P
    love

    cindy: "Parody" eh? I like the sound of that.
    Just a silly little touch. Thanks.
    The "hairy drumsticks" are also a parody. :-)
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 16:45  

  • I wish I could steal your capacity to blog every second day!.....were those hairdrum sticks stolen from the Psychotic Turkey?

    By Anonymous Detlef, at 18:55  

  • I think this is now a pipe...or a portrait! Mwhahahahahahaha! Don't cry Unk! Just joking! :)
    Love!

    By Blogger merlinprincesse, at 22:32  

  • nice take on good ole norman rockwell. Parody is flattering.

    By Blogger REGGIE, at 06:41  

  • wow...really cool.... love it...
    BUT I REFUSE TO LEAVE YOU ANY MORE LOVE UNTIL U LEAVE ME SOME!!!!
    i have no friends.... or at least none that know what a blog is! LOL

    (`*·.¸(`*·.¸ ¸.·*´)¸.·*´)
    *..::DÅNÏ CÅLÏFORNÏÅ::..*
    .(¸.·*(¸.·*´ `*·.¸)*·.¸).

    By Blogger (¯'·._.·[ (DÅNÏˣϯ|¯Ä) ]·._.·´¯), at 09:54  

  • Hmmmm, Norman "Unknown" Rockwell. Great parody!

    By Blogger Robert McLaughlin, at 11:59  

  • I prefer to think of it as borrowing love, but yes I steal! O.K. now you know, thanks for exposing me like you expose yourself when you draw!!! Love your theiving ways, Love

    By Blogger ValGalArt, at 13:48  

  • cindy and marina already commented on this but i like the hairy leg detail.

    By Blogger kat@ohmtastic, at 15:47  

  • but it is very clever, and i love all the little images posted around the canvas! this made me smile big (thanks!)

    By Blogger murphy girl, at 18:58  

  • I don't think Norman would've minded... not that I ever met the dude, but...

    Great idea... wonderfully done.

    Peace and love to you.

    By Blogger Twisselman, at 22:18  

  • Veru nice. Will we see it in color someday?
    (These people are never pleased! *ahem*)

    By Anonymous Sea Angel, at 07:11  

  • Great drawings man. You should be doing comics.

    By Blogger Garrett, at 18:34  

  • detlef: That's the beauty of bad art. You don't have to put a lot of work into it and yes. :-)
    love

    merlinprincesse: Hmm... ? I don't get it?
    love

    reggie: :-) Thanks.
    love

    daniela: OK, OK. Sheesh. I'm a hostage of love.
    How can someone so cute have no friends?
    love

    robert mclaughlin: Thanks. :-)
    love

    valgalart: Ha! :-)
    love

    kat@ohmtastic: Well, I figured my drawings should have a little realism. :-)
    love

    murphy girl: Thank you! :-)
    love

    twisselman: :-) Thanks.
    love

    sea angel: Maybe.
    I was planning on coloring it but I liked the black and white look. :-)
    love

    garrett: Wow! (blush) Thanks. :-)
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 10:36  

  • This damn clever. And damn cute, unknown.

    By Blogger Reese, at 11:38  

  • I steal ideas and people get pissed. Do you think Norman Rockwell would be pissed with you or do you think he would appreciate the parody. Sensitive people suck. BTW- I plan on stealing your ideas too.....

    By Blogger Shroom-Monkey, at 12:45  

  • I'd love if you stole some of my stuff. I have a great insurance policy and I need the money. :)

    j/k

    Love the parody. Another great one by The Unknown.

    By Blogger Lou, at 16:31  

  • waaaa…too funny… much love is deserved and given… and stealing is the most sincere form of flattery… but flattery will get you no where… unless you stole my bike… hmmm!

    By Blogger Michael O'Connell, at 18:57  

  • I like it. I like it a lot.

    By Blogger Shroom-Monkey, at 20:06  

  • Me neither! :)

    By Blogger merlinprincesse, at 21:53  

  • Stealing ideas is a great way to learn and to find out your own style too....love!

    By Blogger the heartful blogger, at 05:21  

  • LOL This is cool! I love it!

    But I always wonder... what did you ever do with your head skin? Was it "gone with the wind"? :O)

    love

    By Blogger Clo, at 06:16  

  • Brilliant. . .love the hairy legs. Both portrait of the unknown's are great - your first post ever is fabulous. Such a talented casual take on things.

    By Blogger tiffinix, at 16:28  

  • I like it! Your skeleton head is the best!

    By Blogger Andrea, at 11:08  

  • I didn't have a chance to comment last week. I like your idea. And I didn't copy you copying NR. Really I didn't.
    8^)
    Love

    By Blogger IdiotHead, at 19:28  

  • reese: Aww... Thanks. (blush)
    love

    shroom-monkey: Hmmm... I think he would be pissed if I dug up his body to ask.
    What!? NOW I'M PISSED! :-P
    love

    lou: Ha!
    Thanks. :-)
    love

    michael o'connell: Ha! Thanks.
    That's too funny. :-p
    love

    shroom-monkey: :-)
    love

    merlinprincesse: :-)
    love

    tammy hanna: True, true! :-)
    love

    clo: Thanks.
    I still have my head skin, in fact I tried to put it in this illo, but I couldn't get it to look right so, I put the hat instead. :-)
    love

    tiffinix: Thanks. :-)
    love

    big a: Shucks. (blush) Thanks. :-)
    love

    idiothead: Interesting paradox. Is it OK to steal an idea that has already been stolen? :-p
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 20:05  

  • this illo rocks my world.

    love

    By Blogger kg, at 20:58  

  • kg: (blush) Thanks. :-)
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 13:47  

  • well done!
    i love the Norman Rockwell reference.. :-)

    By Blogger vfm4, at 02:52  

  • vfm4: Thanks. :-)
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 09:29  

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