16 October 2005



A Traveller trudging through a wintry Landscape

Illustration Friday Theme: Cold

"Complicating, circulating
New life, new life
Operating, generating
New life, new life"
'New Life' Depeche Mode

15 comments:

vfm4 said...

you did it again! lovely, lovely...

lx said...

cool illustration, SC ... hopefully, I can come up with something similarly inspiring.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Great illo. You did a great job capturing 'trudging'.

Rick Lovell said...

This is nice...reminds me of some turn-of-the century drawings and engravings; very decorative and well designed. It's a bit like Aubrey Beardsley in style. The left to right lean you've given everything really moves you through the piece, right along with the trudging figure.

Catnapping said...

I agree with Rick...this reminds me of engravings I've seen in old gothic and "horror" novels.

very nice, great detail.

Merv Kwok said...

now this is just awesome. looks like Death walking.

JacqueLynn said...

WOW wonderful line work and great feel!

Simon said...

Just clicking through this week's Illustration Friday submissions, and this is my favourite so far. It's got a great mysterious atmosphere and that look others have commented on. Just grabs me, straight away. Keep it up!

shakespeare said...

really beautiful.

Holly said...

Great song reference with this. Well done!

indigo said...

I love the line work and overall ominous feel. Great illio!

rubio2d said...

Great illo Chuang!
Love how you drew those trees, blended by some kind of cold wind. No leafs.
Great background with that weird house..and awesome charatcher on the front!
The whole white picture makes me cold!
Nice work!

carla said...

This is so stark and lonely feeling. I love how the figure and the trees are all leaning in the same direction. Beautiful contrast and composition!

Alina Chau said...

Cool illustration!

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

vfm4, Tony, Shakespeare, Merv, Jacquelynn, Holly, Indigo, Alina, thanks for your kind comments. I appreciate them.

Ix, I am sure you will. Sometimes, I just don't have the mood despite having ideas... You know what I mean.

Carla, thanks. I had an original vision in my head but I couldn't execute it. This was the best I could come up with. I think it would have been a better piece in pencil.

Thank you Rubio, the scaling of the trees could have been better. The tree in the far right should have been smaller as to give a sense of scale and depth, similarly, the thickness of that trunk. This piece was too hastily done. Heheh.

Indigo, Simon, Catnapping, Merv, I admire the wood etchings of Albrecht Durer and would hope to learn something from his visions of the Renaissance and late medieval world. His work can be adapted to create a sense of enigma. However, I am nowhere closer to his work at present.

Rick, thanks! I have a nice hardcover book of 19th century engravings. Those were executed with astonishing skill. When I look at them, my jaw would drop. I am staggered by them.
'Images of World Architecture: A definitive volume of more than 2000 copyright-free engravings' edited by Jim Harter.