Friday, June 15, 2007

Feeling thankful: Illustration Friday

I forgot how much I used to love Illustration Friday. Granted, I didn't do that many pieces for it last year, but I had forgotten the challenge of thinking up something to go with this week's topic, and the utter absorption that would follow, consuming hours in the blink of an eye.

When I saw this Friday's topic arrive in my Inbox, I immediately thought of a theme, a piece that had been brewing in my brain for a while.

Someone sitting cross-legged on the ground, fiercely concentrating on sewing together the tatters of their poor heart.

The piece I submitted (see the last post) was one of my quick and dirty sketches, but I also have a vision of a gentler piece along the same lines, something more painterly and soothing. Perhaps one for my TwistedBrush trial program, in the style of an oil painting?

Anyway (darnit, I got distracted! As usual!), what I've forgotten about Illustration Friday, is how wonderful and supportive everyone who participates in it is.

I felt quite ashamed of my untidy scribble, and seriously, have a look at the IF website and you'll see the incredible talent that goes there. At first I thought I'd just have a private IF post, and put it up on on the blog, but not link up to the IF site.

I'm very glad I did, though.

Within 15 minutes, I kid you not, of posting the link, the very talented Tina Vaziri left a cheerful, encouraging comment, and an hour later Laurel left some succint but powerful feedback as well.

What a great way to connect with other creatives! I got to have a look at some inspiring stuff, and sprinkled my own comments around. I hope people get as much of a kick out of them as I do.

There really is nothing like feedback from your peers (or people that you hope will be your peers one day :)

Love you, Illustration Friday.


Tina Vaziri said...

I'm very glad you decided to post it! I really liked it! I only recently started participating on IF also, and it has gotten me so much traffic toward my artwork. You're sweet for mentioning me, thank you!

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