Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Illustration Friday: Idle


This is my submission for the Illustration Friday prompt Idle. I am inspired by Dorthea Lange's photographs from the Great Depression, a time when many workers were idle. This drawing is a quick contour drawing inspired by a photograph of a San Francisco bread line, shown below. I try not to copy her photographs but rather attempt to use them as a point of departure. My contour drawing looks more like a bar scene rather than a bread line, but happily this still fits the theme of Idle. The Great Depression meets Cheers? I like all the hats in Lange's photos.



6 comments:

Rose Welty said...

I really like this Laurel! Very creative indeed.

Kim said...

This is really interesting. I haven't really seen artists take a famous photo and not do a realist "master's copy".
Great piece and thank you for the comment on my submission.

Amy Farrier said...

Nice lines and concept. You've inspired me to try some contour drawing!

Caroline said...

This is very spontaneous looking and a novel take on the theme! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog, Laurel. By the way, the lovely drawing of your dog in one of your earlier posts would have fitted the bill too!

Laurel Neustadter said...

Thanks, everyone!

justdoodleit said...

Very nice! Those minimal lines are quite effective :)