Saturday, May 19, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Signs"

© Kathleen Rietz
I won't have time to do a full-detailed illustration for IF this week. I am going to the Surtex and Stationary shows in NYC Monday, new project due mid-week, waiting to hear back from a publisher about a book deal. But I had this idea in my head, so I figured I'd put it on paper.
One time, about 8 years ago, a girlfriend and I were driving out to Iowa, stopping for antiques on our way to a charming bed & breakfast for the summer holiday weekend. We stopped several times, and ended up running out of daylight in the middle of the country. With no city lights to illuminate the sky, it was black as ink. Suddenly, right in front of out borrowed SUV, appeared 3 dancing, shimmering triangles. They hovered and disappeared. My friend and I stared straight ahead, and she asked, "Did you see that?". "Yes", I said, and felt the hairs on my arms stand straight up. We never spoke of it again. I am sitting at my computer, and as I type this story to you, the hairs on my arms are once again standing straight up. I still remember it so clearly, and i find no way to explain what we saw.
Hope you like the illo.

33 comments:

  1. I love this one. They look happy that the 'aliens' are coming, but are they bugs, not aliens? The aliens have antennae(sp?) so maybe they're excited to see someone with the same look. Thanks for visiting my blog and website. Your work inspires me. Keep it up.

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  2. I KNEW you were an alien! :-)

    Kidding. Nice drawing. And remind me to tell you about the "sign" from yesterday. Almost as freaky as your story.

    Good luck at your shows!

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  3. Oooh, sounds like we had visitors that night. Goo luck with the book deal, I'll cross my fingers for you:)

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  4. Obviously they were visitors from the triangle planet! What's wrong with that?

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  5. You'll see stranger things in NYC :)

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  6. Charming as ever! you are so talented.

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  7. I like the happy little bugs … are they dancing the jitterbug? The aliens look cute peering from the window.

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  8. Does the aliens have blogs?
    I dont think so because they did'nt write to you...hehehe.
    I love your illustrations.
    Regards from Italy.
    Cata.

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  9. If the outer space visitors were as cute as these guys, I'd welcome them!! Have fun in NYC. Those shows are overwhelming! And good luck with the pending deals :)

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  10. Really like the story that goes along with this. We had a similar experience when we were travelling through England in the middle of the night on the Salibury Plain trying to make it to Stonehenge the next morning. Cute work!

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  11. Hey "Sully" - I hear Stoneheange is ripe with UFO activity. I'm curious to hear your story. - kate : )

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  12. interesting story! these creaters look so happy love the flip, cute illo!

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  13. Kate, this is so adorable!!!! I love the cuteness. You'll have to tell me more about your close encounter. Best of luck in NYC!! I'm sure they are going to love you and your work!

    Oh, and Congrats on the teaching gig. I'm so happy for you!

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  14. Thanks Debbie...I will call you soon so we can catch up. -kate : )

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  15. lov the lil one doing a cartwheel in joy, hope u get to put it in color someday.

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  16. Very cute! Those kids look really happy - are they going home?

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  17. Thanks, yes it would be more fun in color!

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  18. Thanks Mike. i did not think about that when I was drawing it, but that would be a nice story!

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  19. Lovely illo.
    I've never seen a ufo but I'd love to, I've no doubt that we're not alone.nanu nanu

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  20. Nice! I like the detail of the slippers on the "Mommy" bug.

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  21. Glad you weren't abducted! Your ladybugs are adorable!

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  22. I don't know about you, but I've studied UFOs quite a bit. Your story is very typical. Even our son saw triangles in the sky last summer. I hear about triangles all the time. Personally, I would find it to be thrilling, perhaps a bit scary, to see one. Whenever I sleep out at night I look to the sky in hopes of seeing something.

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  23. Love the slippers and best of luck!

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  24. Hee. Love the little guy doing cartwheels!

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  25. I've had two similar events happen to me. It's very weird in a cool sort of way.

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  26. hehehe. i wish i'd seen this last week. very funny. i love the cartwheel!

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  27. You probably know that there are literally thousands of people that have had stories like that to tell and it's always a strange if not frightening experience for each. So it looks like that made you a member of a large club. Fun illustration....

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