Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Illustration Friday - FLOAT



I’ve always thought that this old distressed polaroid had a look of ‘Ophelia’ about it, so the topic this week gave me an excuse to play around with it and develop it further. Plant photography is courtesy of iStockphoto

17 Comments:

Blogger vfm4 said...

lovely picture, really lovely!

10/05/2005 9:21 PM  
Blogger inki said...

Very nice!
Dede

10/05/2005 10:35 PM  
Blogger steph said...

love the layering and bright colors!

10/05/2005 10:41 PM  
Anonymous thermion7 said...

Julie! How Shakespearean of you!
The ferns you tell us are stock photos...
but you didn't say who is playing the part of Ophelia.
Self portrait? One of your kids?

Very nice!

10/05/2005 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely assemblage, reminds me of some of the faces in the work of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Detlef
http://www.detlefjumpertzz.com

10/06/2005 1:02 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

This is beautiful!! :)

10/06/2005 5:38 AM  
Anonymous Karen Winters said...

A very serene and lovely Ophelia ...

10/06/2005 5:57 AM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

A classic image that Millais might've enjoyed :). I really like the picture within a picture composition and your model look right for the Pre-Raphy Elizabeth Siddal type look: the heavy eyelids and full mouth.

What could easily be missed is how well you've used colour - the contrasting warm and cool colours and that rainbow blending around the border between the two pictures - really nice!

I think it captures the essence of Ophelia's being lost to the world (mentally, then later, physically) really well - an expert image all round.

10/06/2005 8:44 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thank you for commenting all of you. It was fun to do something with this photo that I'd always thought had a pre-raphaelite feel to it. Twenty years on the 'Ophelia' is alive and well and would probably make a better model for Juliet's nurse.

10/06/2005 12:59 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

Wow, you really capture the feel of Ophelia. I can imagine her floating on a river...Really impressive...

10/06/2005 3:08 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

This is a wonderful digital collage you put together.
I like how it flows together and love the colors

10/06/2005 4:00 PM  
Blogger carla said...

This is superb! The face in the photo shows a much more peaceful Ophelia than most; there almost a sense of happiness around the mouth. I like how you combined the various ferns and leaves around her face, leaving the water to show on the left. I also like that you included the whole photograph as opposed to just taking her face...to me it shows the idea of being left with nothing but a memory when someone has died.

10/06/2005 4:06 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

The highest grade I ever got in college was on Ophelia... Did she jump or was she pushed.... (Hey, it was the early 70's). You captured the attitude exactly. I'm glad that there's a wide range of media on this list.

10/06/2005 11:14 PM  
Blogger christina said...

You are amazingly crafty with photoshop...but I love your pen & in drawings more. They are so beautiful!

10/07/2005 4:47 AM  
Blogger AG said...

i really love the contrast between the photo and the background. serene memories. nice fonts too

10/07/2005 5:38 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This is a really wonderful collage!

10/07/2005 6:38 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I admire the way you manage to incoroprate words into your images. Maybe I'll have to practise that. This take on float is masterly.

10/07/2005 1:31 PM  

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