Saturday, January 20, 2007

Illustration Friday - Super Hero




















When I read the theme for this week, the first thing that came to mind were Marvel comic book characters, then I thought of all the real people out there who perform *heroic* deeds every day - everyone from the kind stranger who stops to help someone in need to the busy parent juggling a job (or two) and family life.

I ended up going with something unexpected, super heroes of a sort - all the items that talented craftspeople created long ago with great pride and craftsmanship. This antique chest has been passed down in our family for at least 4 generations - it once held infant clothing, today it holds my antique linens & small keepsakes. The handles fall off regularly and the original skeleton keys for each drawer are long gone but the little details and strength of it are quite amazing. Some say it needs to be refinished, I like it flaws and all. It has great character, it doesn't quit and it gets the job done - sounds like a super hero to me.

10 Comments:

Blogger Michelle Lana said...

what a sweet entry...very nice.

1/20/2007 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice Laura! We do look at our old pieces of furniture as friends who've stayed by our sides, don't we?

1/20/2007 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful drawing, and a lovely sentiment, too.

1/20/2007 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

darling drawing and the drawers are wonderful! i have a chest not too unlike this and have not refinsished it. it's full of character!
very pretty.

1/20/2007 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right on point. A hero is not defined by who he is, or what he has done. And the funny thing is, they never require any kind of response for their great deeds. They are only heros in our hearts. There are everyday heros who we will never know. Great Job on the Illo! Thank you for the comment left at http://surrealiststudio.blogspot.com/
And yes to answer your question this is a picture of my ex-wife and my son. I drew this from the picture in which I took at the place where we fell in love. So many memories gone, but never forgotten. There will be more on the Paper Wasp Queen soon. Hope to see you drop by again real soon.

1/20/2007 2:22 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Beautiful! I love your message and this is clever and beautiful! A nice surprise for this theme!!!

1/20/2007 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The update you've been asking for:
http://surrealiststudio.blogspot.com/2007/01/busy-as-bee-paper-wasp-queen-update.html

1/20/2007 6:29 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Lovely job on the drawing, and a great post. Your dresser looks like one that's been in my family forever... you can just feel the history it holds!

1/21/2007 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is unexpected :) but I like both the illustration and the explanation.

1/23/2007 12:04 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

thanks everyone for the kind comments, glad you liked my take on this week's theme. was a nice surprise for me too =)

1/24/2007 5:55 PM  

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