Monday, December 29, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Clandestine"

©Kathleen Rietz
I thought at first it might be a stretch, but I keep coming back to the same notion regarding this illustration: As much as I have chosen to be a designer and a children's book illustrator, late at night I revert back to my roots in a clandestine effort to nourish the parts of myself deep within my soul that will always be a fine artist.

You can see more of my work like this one on my Moleskine blog.

34 comments:

  1. And what a fine artist you are! : ) I just love your realistic drawings Kate. It is a delight to watch you too because one can observe the precision and finesse you give to each and every drawing.

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  2. Very soft and tender drawing that warm my heart:)

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  3. Beautiful work! I love realistic graphite, too!

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  4. wow! that is so intricate and beautiful

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  5. Gorgeous! I love all of your moleskine drawings. May I ask, do you do these over several sessions? How long do you spend on a typical drawing like this?

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  6. Probably one of the reasons your fine art feels nourishing is because they're not assignments. When I first started doing commissioned work I was thrilled. But then the words I heard a long time ago came back to me. "When what you love becomes your work, it changes." So even though we've chosen to be artists and want to be paid for it, we still need to keep a part of it just for ourselves in order to stay sane and centered ;)
    I'm glad we get to see both sides of the talented 'you!'

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  7. Yes, I know the deep and absorbing pleasure that comes from spending time on a closley observed drawing. A beautiful piece of work, Kate.

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  8. Thanks everyone! It is nice to share something different of myself with you creatively.

    Carol H. ~ Thanks, all but one of my Moleskine drawings was created in one session (the potatoes and garlic took 2 sessions because of time constraints). Because of the nature of my paying illustration work, I do not have a lot of time to do other things, so I usually steal sleep time to draw or paint in my Moleskine, so I want a session to feel "finished" when I am done. So each drawing takes me anywhere from 2 hours to maybe 5 hours. I would love to set up a nice, involved still life and create a large drawing over many sessions, but that will have to wait. For now, I am glad to find time to get back to doing some fine art in my Moleskine.

    By the way, you know I am also a big fan of your fine art. I would love to be able to find time to paint like you do, and really study color and form the way you do. I like that you often choose contemporary subject matter, yet approach it in a traditional way. Very nice juxtaposition. Thanks Carol.

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  9. Those textures are absolutely brilliant Kate!x

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  10. Truly incredible illo. You captured this so well. I can even catch a hint of citrus :)

    Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself.

    Have a happy and enriching New Year!

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  11. Kate, that is amazing. BEAUTIFUL textures and values!

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  12. Incredibly beautiful. The touch you have is amazing.

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  13. Hi Kathleen...

    this is beautiful...I love all your fine art pieces...but to me everything you create is magic...

    I love that you take the time to be true to your love of fine art...

    Hugs
    Diana

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  14. beautiful work, don't keep that side a secret!

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  15. That clandestant side of yours....makes very beautiful pictures!
    You are one talented lady

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  16. Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. One of the bloggers just received her mail that I mailed out some time ago today.
    I am sure there should be some slight delay there!

    Sorry for all this trouble.
    Thanks for extra patience Kate!!!
    One more day count down to 2009.
    Wishing you all the best in 2009!!!

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  18. WOW! really amazing!!! I really enjoy your fine art work.

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  19. Breathtaking! Such excellent shading, and the highlights are divine. I love all that you've captured.

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  20. Stunning! I love it!!!!

    Kimberly

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  21. Wonderful !!! this a masterpiece
    Happy new year Kate :o)

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  22. Kate, this is so very beautiful.

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  23. Wow - that's absolutely stunning, the detail is incredible and the lemon is so shiny. Utterly beautiful. Wow. I'm quite speechless. Wow.

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  24. WOW! Your fine art is AMAZING! How talented you are ~

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