Monday, May 21, 2007


So here is my Illustration Friday for this week. The topic was “signs” and I kind of…well…here’s the evolution of my drawing, and a little peek into how my brain works, which may or may not be disturbing.
When I saw the theme “signs” I immediately thought of the image I posted for mother’s day, the mommy x-ing sign.
But since I had JUST posted it for that, it kind of seemed like a cheat so I looked to older pictures to see if I had anything interesting I could use. This is what caught my eye:

I liked the idea of sign language but since the rock and roll devil horns aren’t actually a part of ASL, I wasn’t sure how to make it work. Then I started thinking about pictographs and I came up with this:

Now I like the "Caution: Rock Ahead" idea, but it still wasn’t quite what I wanted AND, since I try to limit the time I spend on Illustration Friday images (kind of part of the challenge for me) I felt like I was running out of time. Oddly, the next thing that popped to mind was…Shakespeare? How does that happen? How does my mind always go back to the bard? Well, perhaps that’s a post for another time BUT I had been talking about Marlowe and Shakespeare with a friend, and I did buy myself a Shakespeare necklace last week AND someone had asked me what my favorite Shakespeare plays are just a few days ago…so I guess it was already in my brain…but how it got to signs? Well, portents are signs and there are some interesting portents in Julius Caesar and the idea of a flaming hand pictograph just seemed like a natural…so…

Twisted logic, I know, but there it is.


Jodi said...

I just went to the eye doctor and still have near-perfect vision. A tiny bit near-sighted, but not enough to warrant glasses, they say. But, damn! I can not read the text on the sign. Maybe if I knew Shakespeare, I could figure it out. Damn.

ren said...

sorry about that, i realized late last night that the font wasn't so legible at smaller sizes. there's a new version. i wanted to go with a handwritten look but that just wasn't practical.

acmcclendon said...

you so totally effin' rock.

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