Wednesday, June 23, 2010
illustration friday (paisley)
Random references on Twitter to something called Illustration Friday led me to an interesting site for people who like to draw. The top page explains the site's purpose:
Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively... No one judging the outcome of the work. It's a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art. So welcome, novices and pros alike.
It appears that a new topic is suggested each week. Participating artists create visual art that incorporates the topic and post it on their own blogs, which are then linked to the Illustration Friday site so others can find it.
It sounded fun to me, so I signed up. Then I noticed this week's topic: PAISLEY. Paisley? What do I know of paisley? Isn't that some kind of corny pattern you used to see in old-fashioned clothes? It is soooo not my style. Oh well, let's google it anyway, and see what I learn. What I learned was interesting enough that images started forming in my head. The droplet shape brought leaves and petals to mind, so I developed that image and chose an appropriate quote from a favorite poet. If not for Illustration Friday, I would never have thought of using paisley as a theme in etegami. It was fun!