Friday, March 16, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Total"

© kathleen rietz
This is actually a sketchbook drawing I did in the autumn of last year. I like to create new works for Illustration Friday, but I do not know if I will have time in my schedule tonite.

I have always liked this drawing. In it, I tried to convey the total love and connection between a daughter and her mother, and in return the love and connection the mother feels for her daughter. I guess it would also have been a good entry for the topic of "communication" a couple weeks back, since I think you can just feel the language between these 2 people in their unspoken words.

Sometimes the things we need to say to each other have no words at all.
© kathleen rietz
Here is another drawing from my childhood. I drew this picture when I was 5. It is a drawing of my mom picking up my baby sister out of her playpen. Note the love between them and how I accentuated thier smiles. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout! (click to view larger...it is worth a closer look.)

33 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful drawing. There is tenderness and complete awe of love between them. Very very lovely work!
    Thanks so much for sharing it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is such an expressive piece. You definitely captured the beautiful relationship and love that this mother and daughter share. Gorgeous work as always!!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. absolutely beautiful drawing
    very tender

    ReplyDelete
  4. So very very beautiful and gentle...

    ReplyDelete
  5. hi, tnx for your comment...your illo is so tender and beatiful as well!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Those are both awesome!
    I like the way you captured their expression. Great rendering and composition.
    My work comes from the same place as the second one.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow, you really achieved the total connection thing, and I really like the one you did as a kid too. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love to peek inside sketchbooks but the 5 year old drawing was even better! I love the way the mom's eyelashes and lips are accentuated. You must've loved it when you grew up enough to be glamorous, too!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow, that's an awesome drawing!!! :D I love it!
    hartini.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. great expressions and pencil work

    ReplyDelete
  11. Awwwwwwww.... I love this. They are very alike to each other.

    cabanadigital.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love your work! It's so fun. I like this picture because I have two daughters.

    ReplyDelete
  13. i really like the mother and daugher one, such a great texture achieved! and the one from when you're 5 is fantastic! i've got a few drawings of mine from way back when myself. its cool to look back

    ReplyDelete
  14. What a lovely drawing, I especially like the eyes, they sparkle:)

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a lovely drawing, I especially like the eyes, they sparkle:)

    ReplyDelete
  16. very sweet, love both of the drawings

    ReplyDelete
  17. Kathleen, both are beautiful and show the special bond between a mother and child. Your pencil sketch is warm and tender.. absolutely beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  18. They really look alike! This is a wonderful drawing!

    ReplyDelete
  19. The sketch is full of sweet, honest emotion, that comes through because of their connection-love, and also because of your beautiful rendering.
    Your childhood sketch has the same sweet honesty, less sophisticated, but in it's way, just as moveing.

    ReplyDelete
  20. great one!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love the expressions on their faces - so beautiful! How cute that you include your drawings from childhood - so great that you even still have them! I really like the colors and composition of your work.

    ReplyDelete
  22. That's beautiful. You so wonderfully captured the love between mother and child, although right now is spring break and by the end of the week, I may not feel that way!:) Love the soft pencil style perfectly matches the mood and theme.

    ReplyDelete
  23. These are both very sweet Kathleen and convey love so well. It makes me want to both dig up work from my childhood as well as try more portraiture work, with shading and all. Great work!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. wow, also! their expressions and the tenderness between them are perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  25. wow! This is a really lovely drawing! I need to learn how to draw with a pencil!!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. this is so tender and expressive. You take the viewer into the time frame and allow us to share. Thankyou.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Beautiful texture and handling of the medium. Great piece!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wow, that portrait is so beautiful. They both look so happy together.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I found your drawing and it is perfect for a chapter I am writing about mother and daughter relationships. I would like get permission to use it as a chapter heading in my book. The only thing I can offer in return is attribution. If my books gain an audience, though, I will be looking for an illustrator to do pencil drawings for a trilogy of books. Let me know if you are interested in that type of work.
    Thanks
    Gary Brandt
    otep@otepress.com
    www.otepress.com

    ReplyDelete

Hey you, don't be shy! Share your thoughts!