Thursday, January 1, 2009

Illustration Friday: Clandestine

Happy New Year all! This week's topic on Illustration Friday is "clandestine". I love this word,and there were so many ideas I had when thinking about illustrating something for this topic.

I couldn't help but think of spies, and all the gadgets that spies use (ok, maybe the kind of gadgets little kid spies might use). As a kid I fancied myself a bit of a neighborhood spy. I had a notebook where I kept notes and drawings regarding the comings and goings of the rather geriatric crowd on my street. The gutsiest I ever got was peeking in the window at the neighborhood widow I code named "George Washington" due to her pure white bouffant hairdo that reminded me for some reason of our first president. Go figure. I was determined to have an eye witness account of her styling methodoligies. If I'd had a pair of these x-ray glasses I wouldn't have had to go peeping into her window.

I've also been thinking a lot about WPA posters, and old advertisements from that era. I just wanted to play around with that look a bit here. The invention of x ray specs of the novelty variety is attributed to Harold Von Braunhut, who also invented Amazing Sea Monkeys.


Larry Lee said...

Very nice job on the poster.
Your mention of Amazing Sea Monkeys reminded me of the time when turned to a page in my high school biology textbook and saw a picture of brine shrimp. It looked 'amazingly' like the sea monkey I looked at under my microscope. It was then that I knew what sea monkeys really were. They were fun anyway.

joseph's art and stuff said...

This is a very cool poster.

studio lolo said...

Great illustration and fun spy story!

Gwen said...

i love this poster, and a great story, too. what an inventive kid you were/are!

Hal Nugent said...

Noland...just found your blog and i loves it. i hart ur drawerings!