Of Steel and Bone…
One of the many responses I had to my blog post A Crisis of Confidence was a very thoughtful one from Daniel Benneworth-Gray. One of Daniel’s many insightful points was that one way of getting over my frustration would be to invite people to tweet a micro-story for me to illustrate.
Obviously, the first person I asked was Daniel, and he didn’t disappoint…
Working to someone else’s idea was liberating, and challenging. Luckily for me Mr Benneworth-Gray’s words are always damn fine and well considered, which made my job of illustrating so much easier.
As soon as I read the tweet I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to do. I had the idea of a normal family staring up at a huge giant robot, that was, in turn, staring right back at them. There was a definite ‘The Iron Man’ thing going on here (the book, not the film or the superhero).
The point Daniel made, about the fact that I hadn’t been illustrating – just drawing, was right. Interpreting somebody else’s words and ideas is a completely different challenge to just opening a sketchbook and making something up. It’s easier in some ways, and much harder in others. It is very worthwhile, and even if I don’t take this approach with all my future robots (110 to go), I’ll definitely give it a go from time to time, especially if I’m in a rut.
Huge thanks to Daniel for the idea, advice and encouragement. If you aren’t already following him on Twitter, or Instagram, I suggest you rectify that immediately. His blog is always a joy to read too.
This is cooler than the Iron Giant.
Reblogged this on nohsan007 and commented:
The symbolism of the hands, once a flurry of weaponry and force, now resting on the ground, unbidden, is profound.
This totally reminds me of The Iron Giant movie that my boys enjoyed over and over again last year.
It is true, sometimes we need a nudge to spark our creativity.
My youngest son actually draws robots almost daily (with crayons). He has robot parties, robot villains, robot families… I’m planning to collect his pictures and photograph them to post on a gallery for safe keeping.
Well, thank you very much for that!!! 🙂
This is pretty cool. Brilliant use of the collaborative spirit!
I definitely get an Iron Giant and Castle In The Sky feel.
It does make a change to draw things other people have thought up. Definitely a good exercise.
Thanks very much!
I still haven’t seen Castle In The Sky, I really must fix that!
Sounds like a great idea!
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I would love to see someone (maybe you) create a book in which the story is written by twitter followers. Then you could illustrate it. A crowdsourced story with a traditional illustration.
You get to see how close you come to the original vision of the piece’s creator too!
You truly got talent, Your draw for a giant robot has some alike with the Iron Giant, but also has its own uniqueness. If you like some challenges, you can check my blog artesdelviento.wordpress.com. By the way I would like to reblog this one on my blog place. Let me know your thoughts.
Hi, glad you like my work. Feel free to reblog – it would be very much appreciated.
I wish I had talent like yours! Reminds me so much of Voltes 5 and Mazinger Z, robots that were popular in my youth. Oops, I may have revealed my age. Lol.
Oh please you must. It’s so good.
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Oh wow, my boys love to draw robots/ futuristic soldiers. They would love this illustration. Superb.
Wonderful idea and nicely done sketching too.
Evry boy should draw robots. It should be a law!
Beautiful artwork, and a brilliant idea! How often we can get blocked up just by the idea we have to work alone and do everything ourselves…
Se ve triste
THIS IS SO DOPE. I think you might like these: sexy poems and sweet words….
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I feel like there is a sense of power or command in the way that the giant is looking down at the people. Almost like how a parent looks down to their children. Or how a king looks down at his subjects. And there is also a sadness, or a loneliness. Particularly in the shoulders. I really enjoy it, nice work 🙂
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there are others like me -a hulking confusion of steel and bone and forgotten wars