Saturday, July 04, 2009

Illustration Friday: shaky


Sometimes it can feel like you are living on shaky ground, especially in California. Here is my silly little submission for Illustration Friday's "shaky" theme. I have another pressing deadline right now so that's why this is minimal at best. It reminds me of the many earthquakes I have experienced in my life, falling debris, shaky buildings and usually your utilities get shut off for a few days while they restore power and water. As long as no one gets hurt they are a unique experience but every once in a while people talk about the Big one coming...
A bit of SHAKY trivia regarding music icon Neil Young, Neil has directed 5 movies, including 2008 critically acclaimed feature length documentary CSNY/Deja Vu. His nom de cine as a filmmaker is Bernard Shakey, the mythical founder of Shakey pictures.
copyright 2009 Valerie Walsh

28 comments:

Connie said...

This week's word was made for you! Love our blues!

Anwar said...

Even if you say it's minimal, this illustration is fantastic! The color combination is great, and I love how the buildings seem to sway and move. The open windows, door, and the cracks are nice details.

soulbrush said...

minimal it may be, but still perfect.

Pepi said...

Que casita mas musical y mas linda.....me gusta mucho.Un saludo.

Jack Foster said...

Sometimes less is more...and this IS more. Nice work Val!!! Never been in an earthquake...and never want to.

Ellen Byrne said...

Minimal?! The simplest way to illustrate something is the best and you've done it again!

Linda Kay said...

love the blue...love the image...very good response! My first quake (I'm from Louisiana) was outside of Los Angeles in the middle of the night--a "very small one" they said but enough to knock me out of bed screaming!
you do great work!

Ann Marie said...

Fun illustration! But it's probably not so fun to be in an earthquake!

Thanks for passing along the trivia about Neil Young.

Indigene said...

Wonderful illustration and great color! What cool trivia...I didn't know any of that! wow!

Caroline said...

Lovely shaky illustration Val! Scary things earthquakes, though I've only experienced minor tremors myself. Never knew that about Neil Young!!

asperezas said...

:-(
poor little houses, they aren't smiling!
This time, they're scared to death and only ValHousesGuardian can save them!
:D

I wouldn't like to be a house in California...

Great choice, Neil's painter!

Co. said...

Great idea ! And thank you for passing by !

isay said...

so cool illustration but it must be a srong building because. they're still hanging on like us human beings:)or maybe you have your structural engineer side of you.

thanks for the shaky trivia and

good luck to your deadline....

Valerie Lorimer said...

Totally charming illo! Love it.

Ginger*:) said...

As always, you surprise and amaze! Wonderful!

Nothinglikeit said...

Lovely color and composition - very Seuss-like!

robin

kathy hare said...

what a lovely, colourful, shaky little house.. :)

Cheryl Lynn said...

Such a perfect rendering of the term. Great work, indeed!

Tracy said...

Cool houses! They definitely look a little shaky :)Poor little guys...earthquakes are scary! Have only felt one myself when I was visiting my sister in San Diego several years ago. At least here in KY where we have tornadoes, we can go to the basement! Nowhere to go in an earthquake! :) Cute houses, Val & I love the blue. Thanks for sharing.

Peter Breese said...

Oh dear, I am glad I'm not in one of those houses.

Rui Sousa said...

Marvellous work, really great one!
Congratulations!

Christina said...

beautiful work

Lisa M Griffin said...

Well it certainly represents the theme... although I have never experienced an earthquake (thankfully)! Thanks for sharing and good luck with your deadlines.

yoon see said...

This is super cute, whimsical style yet beautifully rendered!
I don't mind staying in, I have got a magic wand to fix it!
Happy Thursday, Friday and weekends to you dear Valerie:)
How's your summer over there?

Tony Sarrecchia... said...

Very nice. I like how the viewer can almost feel the movement of this piece.

Gillian said...

Val - that's a brilliant interpretation of shaky - a leaning tower of your houses waiting for an earthquake.I've never experienced one, thankfully.
Sorry not to have appeared sooner but for some reason IE8 on my new PC freezes up on your blog. I've made it this time though, with a bit of patience. Don't you just love pooters!

kj said...

hello dear friend. i know you are out straight. no doubt you'll get it all done. i miss miss you. but then i get to smile at you through your magical houses.

love,
kj

kj said...

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