Friday, August 10, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Emergency"

©Kathleen Rietz
He was really no good for her. What had once seemed like an emergency situation to her had now become a routine part of their lives. She was miserable, but could not find the strength inside of her to leave.

31 comments:

  1. Powerful piece, Kathleen. I can feel the screaming! Ack. Love the technique. Your pencil work is beautiful.

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  2. Hello Kathleen! This drawing is very interesting! I love the expressions! You are great artist.

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  3. Very intense! What a jerkface! This illustration makes me hate that guy!

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  4. Really wonderful drawing - you can feel the rage and disgust. Great

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  5. Thanks everyone. I usually post my sweet children's book style illustrations, but I know not everything in life is happy and comfortable. I felt like doing something different this week.

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  6. wow. immediately powerful. the way you have drawn him, he could even be a really benign guy, too. until he opens his mouth and that hideous temper comes out. great great sketch! :)

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  7. Incredibly great! I feel fo her! Well done Kathleen!

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  8. Lot's of drama and itsurely comes across- very good!(But distressing!)

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  9. A simple image that evokes an intensity that kicks us in the gut. Incredible pencil work Kathleen. You are very capable of evoking a wide variety of emotions. It's a sign of a very, very talented artist.

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  10. Thanks everyone! It's certainly not my usual post, so I am glad it evokes something unexpected in you!

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  11. Hi Kate,
    what a beautiful illustration, very expressive. Though he gives me the creeps.

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  12. Wow Kate, what an amazing drawing and a very profound subject. This shows your versatality and range as well. It's astonishing how women could for one second stay in such a situation, but it's even more astonishing that any guy could sleep at night thinking it's alright to act this way.

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  13. Beautifully rendered dramatic and awful situation. Indeed an emergency.

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  14. What a sad situation that I'm sure many many women have to live through each day. I too have never understood why one would stay, but I've never (THANK GOODNESS) had to deal with that. So who knows how battered your self-esteem gets by that point? Very powerful images...your work is great, includes a variety of styles. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. You've got to hate guys like that, guys like him need to get counseling. Nobody deserved to be treated that way. Nobody. Way to tackle a tough subject.

    Loved your 'Missing' piece too. Very cute.

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  16. very powerful illustration.. well handled. great work Kathleen

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  17. Wow! This is pretty powerful. I could have drawn something similar of my college boyfriend. Makes me shudder to think of it..

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  18. Just amazing Kate - excellent job on such a powerful piece! Not what I expected - but in a good way!

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  19. Really great Kathleen, makes me feel angry and sad inside just looking at it, which is a good and appropriate response. I think your attention to detail in capturing the facial expressions and body language is what makes it work so well, take care.

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  20. great approach of the subject. so sad that many women are in her position...

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  21. ouch, i feel like i can hear his shouting! really powerful!

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  22. Wow, this is very unexpected from your usual work, but you did it so well. Very nice illo!

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  23. I like the power of this illo, very expressive, beautiful pencilwork too.

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  24. This illustration is really well done! It is a change from your regular posts, but still very effective! It is sad that some women actually put up with such abusive behavior. I for one do not put up with anything! It's a good thing I think!

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  25. Wow, very thought-provoking piece! I think the fact that this verbal abuse "had now become a routine part of their lives" is an emergency situation in itself. It is definately NOT ok to scream at people at anyone like this.

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  26. I agree, JC, thank you. Thanks everyone for your comments.

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  27. Excellent pencil work, Kathleen. You've boldly captured the couples' body language in your composition. The accompanying prose accents this piece admirably. An intense situation to be sure.

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  28. Kate... I hope this is not an everyday event in your home... In my line of work I run into alot of women that stay in relationships like the one this picture suggests and its not worth it.... If you are in a situation like this it best for both of you to end things... I hope your safe...

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  29. Thanks Annt32, and thank God this is not MY situation!

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