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Friday, July 07, 2006


This is my picture for Illustration Friday the theme is skyline. I wasn’t much inspired by today’s theme and I spent way too much time struggling with my illustration. "Skyline" was created on a piece of multi-purpose copy paper by tracing a real picture of Stumptown with my Faber-Castle 3-H pencil, then I inked over that with my Gel-Roller, then I scanned my tracing and started messing with it in Photoshop. I couldn't quite get it to look the way I wanted, but here it is anyway.

I love my city’s skyline although every time I look at it I start wondering why humans try to separate themselves so far from nature. Oh the folly of man.

Or as Aldous Huxley said, "Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough."

Or as Ice Cube said, "So come on and chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self."

Have you chickity-checked yo self lately? Have you left anyone some love lately?


  • I like it......sometimes the monocromatic look tells more. Perhaps it is just a reminder that we all should get away from the concrete skylines sometimes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19:41  

  • Beware that the rain from a few weeks' IF ago doesn't melt the city away!

    By Blogger Tony LaRocca, at 22:08  

  • I agree about the folly of hometown skyline is still "confortable"...

    By Anonymous aynaku, at 00:46  

  • Hey, it looks good! Or as William Shakespeare would say "Passing fair" (or maybe that's what some pirate impersonator at a Rennaissance Fair(e) would say) but I like it.

    By Blogger Random York, at 06:18  

  • cool, makes me want to jump from roof-top to roof-top like in some cool action movie.
    I jumped off my roof when I was a kid after seeing Mary Poppins (damn her) I took out my cute little Holly Hobby umbrella, put on my Wonder Woman Underoos and wore my Grandma's apron (I don't know why, I just did) and climbed up on the roof. I started singing a spoon full of sugar and leaped off. Broke my arm and realized that, that movie trick didn't really work. Damn roof tops!
    Love ya though!!!

    By Blogger Shroom-Monkey, at 08:40  

  • Hmmm, now I wonder what city this a skyline of? Very mellow for you.

    By Blogger Teri C, at 08:44  

  • Stumptown has an interesting skyline. Nice illo and thanks for explaining your's interesting to see how the final image came about.

    By Blogger Jana Bouc, at 08:56  

  • Looks spooky without even one light on--like dawn (?) during a power failure maybe.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:38  

  • s=i lik ethe somberness of this

    By Blogger michael dailey, at 14:53  

  • I like the rough style, you've used this time - and I'm sending love to you from Denmark!

    By Blogger georg, at 15:54  

  • love always....
    Cracked up! couldn't believe that you were mentioning Ice Cube!!! LOL
    and ASKING if i have chickiity-checked myself.....hahahah

    well,,,,, i came by to give you this....
    (`*·.¸(`*·.¸ ¸.·*´)¸.·*´)
    *.::XOXO LOVE XOXO::.*
    .(¸.·*(¸.·*´ `*·.¸)*·.¸).

    (`*·.¸(`*·.¸ ¸.·*´)¸.·*´)
    .(¸.·*(¸.·*´ `*·.¸)*·.¸).

    By Blogger (¯'·._.·[ (DÅNÏˣϯ|¯Ä) ]·._.·´¯), at 16:56  

  • This looks much quieter than most of the city's in a blackout! Even so, I love a good sihouette, so there you have it! Another week, another chnace to show my love:>

    By Blogger carla, at 10:23  

  • Nice little elegant illustration- I likes it.
    As for "why humans try to separate themselves so far from nature"-- it's cuz some humans think they can- and it's in their nature to try-- but they really can't-- they are part of it. It's a control thing too.
    Sorry for the babble- it's my nature. I'll try and chickity-check ma self. Ha.

    By Blogger AndyDoodler, at 15:15  

  • I love skylines. When drawn, they can be so simple looking. Peaceful. Quiet. Usually a far cry from how they are once you get into them.

    Very nice.

    By Blogger Lou, at 19:48  

  • Very nice skyline sihouette. I really like the two tone effect.

    By Blogger tiffinix, at 10:29  

  • Lovely scape!!!

    By Blogger Large Art, at 11:20  

  • chickity-checkwrecking love

    By Blogger crosshatched, at 12:51  

  • mikepflaumart: Thanks. I think you are right.

    tony larocca: Heh, heh. No worries there. My Stumpytown is used to the rain.

    aynaku: :-) Mine too.

    random york: Thanks. Although if Shakespeare saw my illo I think he might say. "What crap this bad art be." :-)

    shroom-monkey: Ha! Great story.
    I once got a concussion because I fell off a moving car after seeing the movie teen-wolf and thought I could car surf. What's really sad is I was 20 at the time. :-)

    teri c: It's the Stumptown skyline.
    I think I'm in my mellow art phase. :-)

    jana bouc: Thanks and you're welcome. :-)

    carol: Oops! That was me. I'm always forgetting to turn off the light when I leave a room. :-)
    What else is spooky is if you turn the picture upside down it still looks like a Stumptown skyline.

    michael dailey: Thanks. :-)

    georg: Thanks. :-)

    daniela: (blush) Thanks. :-)

    carla: Thanks. I'm trying to be more than one dimensional. Ha! I crack myself up.
    BWHahahahahahahaha... :-)

    andydoodler: Thanks. I believe you hit the nail on the head.
    Heh, heh. :-)

    lou: That is so true lou. Heh, heh.

    tiffinix: Thanks. Not really what I was going for but that's the way it turned out. A happy accident. Like me. :-)

    large art: :-)

    crosshatched: Ha! Thanks.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 16:19  

  • I love the skyline, stark, and lonely looking, and I couldn't stop laughing. So fine!

    By Blogger HARDWAX, at 19:52  

  • hardwax: :-) Thanks.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 22:46  

  • it is simple, direct, dark, and i love it.

    By Blogger melanienyc, at 08:35  

  • I need to chickity-check myself to the country or the ocean sometime and get out of the city. Love, love and then some more love because I have not commented in a while! :)

    By Blogger Holly, at 09:52  

  • I remember Portland's skyline. I always felt that, viewed from a distance, it was a most beautiful city. However, when I was there in the 1980's, downtown could be pretty depressing when seen close-up. I hear that some of it has been cleaned up since then.

    By Blogger Robert McLaughlin, at 17:24  

  • This is just what I was thinking. Now the unknown has been there and done that.
    Good one and I am movin on.

    Love ya! Mean it!


    By Blogger scarecrow, at 19:15  

  • melanienyc: Aww... (blush) Thanks.

    holly: :-) My mom needs the same thing. I long for the forest myself.
    Thanks and thanks and thanks.

    robert mclaughlin: P-town still has it's problems, like any city, but it's better than it was in the 80's.

    scarecrow: Heh, heh. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 21:02  

  • I was going to ask where the Space Needle was .... but you live in Portland, don't you? Never mind.


    By Blogger andrea, at 21:49  

  • Love the sihouette effect. Those were great quotes..deserving of some deeper reflection.

    By Blogger Suzan, at 07:56  

  • Oops! I haven't left you love lately...LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

    By Blogger Janet, at 16:11  

  • andrea: We're going to have a big ariel tram on the skyline soon. Stumptown is in a bit of an uproar about it but I can't wait to ride it and to see how it will change the skyline. :-)

    suzan: :-)

    janet: Aww... Thanks! :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 19:17  

  • Simple and effective.

    By Anonymous Paula, at 23:34  

  • paula: Thanks. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 23:41  

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