Bad Art I Am Compelled To Share

Sunday, December 30, 2007


This is my picture for Illustration Friday the theme is soar. This illustration was drawn on a piece of scrap paper with a Faber-Castle 3-H pencil, inked in with my Gel-Roller and then colored in PhotoStudio.

"I'm Not Crazy, I'm An Airplane" was the original title for this picture. I drew it a couple of months ago, for a post I never finished. The unfinished post was about me realizing my life, though enjoyable, full of surprises and a great adventure, lacked any real direction.

Here's the opening paragraph from that unfinished post;

I recently realized I’ve been in a tailspin for the last four years. Falling, endlessly falling. The funny thing about falling, is it can seem a lot like flying, if you don’t notice the ground zooming toward you at sixty meters a second and now that I’m aware of my fatal, downward spiral, I’ve decided to do the stupidest thing possible. Flap my arms and see if I can fly.

The post was supposed to be all about how I wanted to focus more on art and really make a go at being an artist. Of course, before I finished the post I came into a little bit of money, then I started working part time, then the holiday season started and I lost focus like I always do.


Sometimes I frustrate the hell out of myself. I have all these ideas rolling around in my head and just can't seem to get them out.

I guess now is a good time for some New Year's resolutions.

In 2008 I resolve to be more focused, and to flap my arms, just to see if I really can fly.

Do you ever flap your arms? Do you want to leave me some love?


  • Shave those legs and it will aid your aerodynamics - there's a small tip for you. Happy flying.

    By Anonymous Detlef, at 15:46  

  • funny piece of work.. i get that plummeting feeling all the time :)

    happy landings in 2008..

    By Blogger shaky mouse, at 18:12  

  • dig the calaveras--love that it's also your alter of my dearest friends used to also have a calavera for a muse.

    sending the new year luuuuuvvvv out atchya! Patti P-C

    By Blogger Phare-Camp, at 18:42  

  • Love this drawing!

    Isn't that what life is: A sequence of flying and falling and flying and falling and fly. . . ?

    I also *heart* my 3H Faber-Castel. Good choice! Happy 2008!

    By Blogger Barbara Hagerty, at 20:10  

  • great pic. flap those arms, flap like you've never flapped before! peace out for 08. thanks for the stopping by to my blog too...

    By Blogger michael, at 21:16  

  • Hey! I love your style! Great illustration here.

    Btw, Percy's really cute.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 00:05  

  • Great text and illustration. The peace sign on the t-shirt and wing on the skull are nice details. May your new year be filled with focus!

    By Blogger Laurel Neustadter, at 03:00  

  • Your illustraion is great and your article is even greater!

    By Blogger Emilia, at 03:45  

  • This is so funny and real!
    Fly high and steady, but mind the landing ;)
    Have a Happy New Year!

    By Blogger Paola, at 03:57  

  • lol always funny!

    Happy New Year!

    By Blogger pati @-;--, at 07:42  

  • I can relate, the whole thing about trying to get and stay focused on one's art. I'm not one for resolutions, but I always like the start of a new year, it seems so full of possibilities. I'll do the same as you, and try and flap my arms and we'll see we can both fly. :-)

    Your illo reminded me of my nephew, who recently went skydiving (and has the DVD to prove it). It was awesome! BTW, thanks for your comment on my blog, very much appreciated!

    By Anonymous Monica, at 08:10  

  • I can soooo relate to your am I falling or flying issue- staying focused on art...
    I too suffer from the sense of free falling when it comes to my art- and like you, I get caught up in my PT job as a designer and all of the dailly stuff that keeps me from my first love...making art.
    great post,

    By Blogger Elizabeth Parsons, at 09:05  

  • Love the drawing, that guy is cool!

    Soaring / falling it's all the same--you gotta land sometime. :)

    Flap like crazy and enjoy the ride!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:32  

  • yes, i flap my arms sometimes too! But we have to forgive ourselves because we are just poor oxygen deprived beings that try to do our best... Much Love to you and be inspired and creative in 2008 love!

    By Blogger ValGalArt, at 12:22  

  • Most days I feel too busy floundering in the mud to bother trying to flap my wings. Have a happy new year. - I love the flying eyeball in the next post, btw!

    By Blogger Tony LaRocca, at 14:23  

  • detlef: Cool. Any advice about my back hair?

    shaky mouse: Thanks, hee-hee and thanks. :-)

    phare-camp: Interesting. I never made that connection before. I will have to look into that.
    Thanks. :-)

    barbara hagerty: Thanks.
    Yeah, that it is.
    My one and only pencil. (Only because I don't know shit about art and this was the first pencil I tried. heh, heh)

    michael: Thanks!
    I'm flapping hard... OOOO look something shiny.
    Wait! Damn it! Must stay focused!
    Peace to you too my friend.

    johnne: Thanks and thanks.
    Percy thinks so too. :-)

    laurel neustadter: Thanks. Actually that's not a wing, that's my little patch of hair blowing in the wind.

    emilia: Awww... (blush) Thanks.

    paola: Thanks!
    I'll try.
    I think it was Douglas Adams that wrote, "There is an art, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."

    pati: Thanks. :-)
    Same to you.

    monica: Best of luck to us both.
    Never tried skydiving, but someday. :-)

    elizabeth parsons: Thanks Love.

    hatrabbit: Hey, thanks!
    Never land That's my motto.

    valgalart: Hmm... I thought we were ugly bags of mostly water. heh-heh.
    Much love and creativity to you as well Love. :-)

    tony larocca: I think I was in the mud just before I rolled off the cliff. At first the sense of motion felt good. It felt like I was getting a lot done, but it turned out to be a lot of nothing.:-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 14:36  

  • I feel the same way about my ideas, and not being able to get them out. I loved reading this post! I agree, it is definitely time for some new year's resolutions! Lets get our ideas out of our heads!!
    Happy New Year,
    Valaine :)

    By Blogger Valaine, at 17:14  

  • valaine: Heh, heh. Thanks. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 18:03  

  • If you look at your illustration those vertical lines look just as likely to be pulling you up as sending you down. I say, you are soaring. And look! You don't even need to flap; you already know how, just gotta let yourself fall into it.

    Happy New Year!

    By Blogger redcatdance, at 16:05  

  • When he returns...auch!!!!!

    By Blogger MargaritaNava, at 23:32  

  • Great picture and post! I like your pictures, especially "Little Things"

    By Blogger Paper Pictures, at 21:42  

  • Fantastic! So much is said with this. Love what you're doing. Have a joyful and inspiring new year!!

    By Blogger get zapped, at 09:03  

  • How much truth in your thoughts and in your illustration, I fully share!
    Have a great and inspiring 2008! :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    By Blogger temz4, at 00:15  

  • redcatdance: Or I'm a puppet.

    margaritanava: :-)

    paper pictures: Thanks. :-)

    get zapped: Aww... (blush) Thanks.

    temz4: Thanks a lot. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 16:55  

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