Today marks my return to submitting work for the weekly theme of website called Illustration Friday. The word this week is: Urban.
This drawing was already in the conception stage when the topic came along. It seemed to fit perfectly.
The scene was inspired by a verse in the song “The Stars of Track And Field” by Belle and Sebastian. Typical of their oeuvre, the song is powerfully swoon-inducing and includes the line, “You only did it so that you could wear his terry underwear and feel the city air run past your body.”
What you see here is the culmination of that encounter…
Although the most obvious urban element is the superimposed photo of the apartment building across the street. However, the sense of city suffuses the whole idea of the piece.
- The fire escape: you wouldn’t see that in any farmhouse I’ve visited.
- The size and shape of the window. This was inspired by a Soho loft I once had the pleasure of working in. It was owned by an art teacher and an architect and was soooo New York City. Those super tall windows seem only to exist in converted warehouses.
- The aforementioned apartments across the way. We are obviously not on the ground floor.
You judge for yourself how the piece reads without the slightly gimmicky photo (and coloring):
I think it’s a solid drawing that actually benefits from an atmospheric color and embellishment. The coloring, sketchy as it is, was designed to connote a very early spring or summer morning, and accentuate the breeze coming in. It also helps to suggest depth; the contrast of inside and outside. It generally heightens the mood.
I had considered including the text from the song in the actual work, but art teachers from my early days in Savannah and at Pratt instilled in me an insuperable aversion to “telling”.
So “show” me your true feelings and leave some thoughts in the comments section below. What does this picture make you feel like?