Friday, October 14, 2005

Illustration Friday - LOST

A very quick picture of a family story. My little sister was found wandering down the road wearing nothing but a smile and brandishing a lavatory brush. When the kind man, who brought her back, said to my mother that he thought this might be her home because he thought he'd seen her in our garden previously, my blushing mother's response was 'Oh yes, I know her mother, I'll make sure she gets home safely!'

I wish I'd had more time to produce a picture that did the story justice. Anyway I'm really pleased with my son's picture for 'Lost' have a look at it here.


Blogger Catnapping said...

lol, what a great story.

i like the dreamy quality of this illustration, and the way you gave depth to the foliage.

10/14/2005 1:33 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Such a funny story! I absolutely love the lush green and the way you've so perfectly captured the stance of a small naked child...the legs are the best! This is priceless:> I also like your devilish this for halloween?

10/14/2005 1:55 AM  
Blogger christina said...

Oh my god that is a GREAT story!!! Ha! You simply must tell the rest of the story--Why why why the lavatory brush?

10/14/2005 4:52 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

HA !! HA !! Great story and a great illo!! Poor girl!! So what happen next?

10/14/2005 7:50 AM  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

Love the feeling that you have created by having the plants on either side. I feel as if I am spying on the family. Well done

10/14/2005 11:16 AM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

great story and, even with the lack of time, a lovely illustration with somehow an oldfashioned feeling... love it!

your son's illo is lovely too, but i'll tell him on his own blog.. :)

10/14/2005 11:32 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

This is quite a charming story. I love how the leaves frame the picture. Glad you included the toilet brush. Well done.

10/14/2005 1:12 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thank you for all your nice comments. I love making myself participate in Illustration Friday even if time constraints mean that I have to post a below par illustration.

Carla, the banner is just for this month, for halloween, so it'll force me to think of something new for next month.

My sister had quite a thing about that brush and it was one of those huge industrial strength wooden handled ones, so doubly embarrassing for my mother.

10/14/2005 10:52 PM  
Blogger flossy-p said...

Hahaha, that's classic! How funny. When we were younger my little sister never wore clothes either, only a long necklace of pink or purple beads. We used to have to bribe her to put on a tu-tu or a swimming costume at least (to go with her beads) if we were going into town.

How old is your son? He looks about 10 in the photo, but his drawings are outstanding! I'd be proud too.

10/15/2005 2:25 AM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

When I see this, I don't know why but it reminds me of a village in Malaysia. I guess that shape of the leaves reminds me of the jungle, the floral patterns on the dress, the shorts, the vegetations. They combine to conjure an image.

10/15/2005 5:25 AM  
Blogger spanglemaker said...

Great Illustration and a great story!

10/15/2005 2:36 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Flossy - maybe our sisters should meet!
Chuang, my childhood was spent in Fiji, so a similar landscape.
spanglemaker thanks for visiting - I love the description you give of yourself in your profile

10/15/2005 8:36 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Hmm... I'm SURE I left a comment on here before... I think the subject of lost was acting as a jinx...

I loved the idea of this and your illustration. Have you ever asked your sister why she took the brush?

10/15/2005 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Well all I can say is: Thank goodness I don't wander around the neighbourhood naked any more. The ceelulite would be to horrible to behold!

For those of you who are curious I have moved up in the world in the toilet brush department. I am now the proud owner of a lime green and electric blue one.


10/18/2005 7:38 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Rachel, I wondered when you were going to look here and see your bum drawn for the world to view.

10/18/2005 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't get on line at home but had a sneak look in the classroom computer on Sunday - too shocked and short of time to write anything.

10/19/2005 10:18 AM  

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