Friday, June 17, 2005

Illustration Friday 'Black and White'



Today is Friday the 17th. Mark this day. It's the day that Illustration Friday came up with an intriguing subject ,'Black and White'. This piqued my imagination. I thought...y'know, what would it be like if a Wraith decided to explore the alien worlds of the universe ? And what would it look like ? Hmmmmmmm.

Well, there probably wouldn't be a lotta color. It would be kinda stark and faded, like an old B & W photo. The bright sunlit skies of Earth would receed into the distance as you journeyed outward toward the stars...possibly to meet other Wraiths from Extraterrestrial worlds. The near absolute zero cold of outer space wouldn't affect you. The near vacuum of deep space might feel a little odd. Radiation might feel like a light tickle. And the speed that you would travel could potentially exceed that of the limits of light.

What would you find ? Ruined worlds littered with crumbing buildings devastated by nuclear war ? Thriving civilizations that span entire super-clusters of stars by using Far-Caster teleportation gateways ? Primitive settlements ?

Maybe you'd find creatures that look radically different from yourself, or perhaps they will look remarkably like yourself...

Kinda puts all the obnoxious and backward attitudes about race, gender, sexuality, religion, and age in perspective, huh ? It's all 'Black and White' after a while...

40 Comments:

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Patty said...

kind of like a thunderbolt!
electric and shocking :)
-have a great weekend, -patty

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger steve said...

Glad I gave you a tingle, Patty ! KABOOM !!!
I hope your weekend is groovy too !
:-)

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Perriette said...

Chilly, oooooh. I'm not going to tell you what I think it looks like but...

I loved this topic, also. You KNOW I loved it. I couldn't decide on what to go with...just ended up with something unexpected.

Love black and white illustration. Great job, my dear Steve.

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger steve said...

You can speak your mind here, Miss Daze. We're all adults. ( I think, maybe I should post a disclaimer...)
This subject matter is right up your alley. Give us that old Belle Jest magic One-More-Time !

Thanx for the warm compliment, sweetie !

 
At 10:41 AM, Anonymous James Mathias said...

great drawing...

but as far as the topic this week, I disagree. It's a color scheme not a topic. I am going to post my alternate topic now.

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger chacha said...

heya steve. this one is awesome, nice and mysterious. i thought the same thing when isaw the black and white topic, wow actually something i can get really creative with. eventhough i think i have a piece ive already done that will fit perfectly that im very proud of. so well see. like this one though! :)

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger isay said...

it came to my thoughts also but i resent doing an sketch because because the second idea which is about my niece came up and it made me glad afterwards...anyway, you had a nice way of writing your story--it was kinda excitin'....we hope it will not happen.... well, you've always been great with black and white!.... have fun this weekend!

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

That is spiffy beyond words. I always wondered what names the Ring-wraiths had. I decided one should be Lenny. Lenny the Ring Wraith. Your drawing is pretty darn groovie.

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger steve said...

I'll be there soon, James ! Can't wait to see what you've dreamed up ! I'll bet it's a doozy !
I wonder if it's gonna be a big word...

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Aeris said...

Great illo.. I won't tell you what I think that illo looks like! Just use your s.. sixth... sense to realize.. maybe it listens ;)

Sincerely
Anja

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger steve said...

Dark and mysterious is exactly what I was lookin' for in the response from viewers, Chacha !
BING BING BING !!!
Yu win th' prize !
Here is an imaginary cigar for ya !
( it's made of chocolate, don't panic ! )
:-D

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger steve said...

Glad you enjoyed the story I added under it, Isay ! I felt it was appropriate to the subject matter. Sorta like prepatory filler.
Maybe I'll win a million dollars this weekend, after all the wellwishers who granted me a great weekend.
:-D

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger steve said...

Just so you know, Tony, the RingWraiths are led by Lenny, followed by his brother Darrell, and his other brother Darrell. They're all from Vermont. The other Wraiths were just animatronic dummies on loan from Disneyworld. One of them kept saying 'Four score and..."
:-D

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger steve said...

OK, Anja...what's going on here ? Is there sssssomething I ssssshould know about ? Are the female visitors being naughty again ?
* SIGH *
I'll go get the paddle...
:-D

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Anonymous said...

You know, it's black and white that Wraiths are here on Earth now! I'm related to one - they suck all that life out of you. The Earth ones ARE friendlier because they let you be before collasping into dust so you can once again build strength to be absorbed. I REALLY like this one Steve and we know you are a Master at Balck and White :)

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger steve said...

You're gonna make me blush, Anonymous ! Even the Wraiths around here are startin' to blush.
:-D

 
At 6:37 PM, Anonymous janey said...

This is neat - reminds me of a creature from Outer Limits (the original of course). And you can't blush - it's not appropriate - this is a black and white topic.

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger steve said...

Ooooo ! I luv those original B&W Outer Limits and Twillight Zone episodes, Janey !
As for blushing, maybe my cheeks can get all crosshatched...
:-D

 
At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very imaginative steve! i'm not having much luck...any ideas are fleeting and overdone. and of course the girls are naughty...it's a common misconception that only men are pigs...what do you think the ladies in their parlours of yesteryear chatted about? the size of their husbands cigars of course!
wish me inspiration
kerry

 
At 1:03 AM, Blogger Aravis said...

It's not frightening so much as dangerous and intriguing. Really wonderful.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Mick said...

Hi Steve,
Very bold, dynamic and dramatic. This is terrific illustration.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger steve said...

I've tried to visit your blog several times over the past few days, Kerry and I kept getting getting shut out by your Xanga host. They said something about being down, but not for how long.
For inspiration, think of something that makes you angry vrs what makes you happy. That's black&white!

That's why spankings work for both genders, even in Canada (that's means you'll get spanked if you don't get inspired soon) :-D

Don't work too hard, it looks like a nice weekend!

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger steve said...

Yeah, I just have ta push the envelope once in a while, Aravisarwen. Eerie art can be fun !

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger steve said...

Thanx for the compliment, Mick!
Cheers !

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger jas faulkner said...

That's an awesome picture, but it really needs at least one buxom furry...

Seriously, I'm impressed. This is very good!

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger steve said...

Oh, My, Gawd ! Jas Faulkner is a fellow Anthro/Furry fan ! You should click on the Skunkworks link in my Summoning section, James Hardiman and Desiree Lee are awesome !

See you in the furry...I mean funny papers !
:-D

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Far out man!

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger steve said...

Holy Moe, It's Joe ! Man, I gotta get to your site, I'm late! Be right there !

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger chacha said...

omg i am the winner!!!! oooo and a chocolate cigar for a prize, what more could i ask for?!?!?

 
At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the advice steve, i think it'll prove helpful. i checked up on the xanga updates, and supposedly you can post new comments now...
yes, we're very equal opportunity up here in canada, after all we've been importing jamaican strippers and exporting hardworking successful families. i think that the immigration officials are due for a pie.
cheers,
kerry

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger steve said...

Don't forget to ask for PIZZA, Chacha ! It's almost as good a money ! Mmmmmm. Pepperoni and black olives on mine please...
:-D

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger steve said...

I'll stop by soon, to see if xanga will let me hang around fer awhile. Sounds like you should add some spankings to that pie. And send one with attachments here to America while you're at it, Kerry. We keep bleeding away jobs at a frightening pace. We don't mind sending them to Cananda, trade with you is good, could be better if polititians on both sides would start to behave themselves.

If things don't start gettin' better soon, I may have to start stripping in Cananda next to those Jamaican ladies. See you on the stage...
:-O

 
At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think our politicians like spankings too much...might be a treat for them. let me know when your next gig in vancouver is though! i'll be sure to come...do you think you'll go for a "theme"? i've always liked the "naughty librarian":D
i'd like it if they figured the softwood lumber and beef b.s. figured out...too many of my old buds from up north (yes, i'm a former cowgirl!) are losing their livelihood. never mind that our local government is against us actually treating the wood here, instead opting to export the work overseas, then buying it back...how on earth is that sensible? there are so many millworkers here on the dole that would be happy for a chance to work again.
had the day from hell...so no painting for me today...maybe better luck tomorrow!
cheers luv,
kerry

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger chacha said...

hmmm im not a big fan of the black olives, but i will substitute them for onions, and its gotta be the thin crispy crust. mmmmm. damn now thats a pie.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Bertha said...

Ooh, scary! But very nice! Great depth in this one.

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger steve said...

It'll either be a 'naughty librarian' or a 'french maid', Kerry.
You've lost woodmills, we've lost paper mills. Maybe career politiians should be forced out and new elections instituted (keep them cheap-free tv time-to ensure that ALL people get a chance) so that we can get new blood and ban the old blood. As for spanking them, if you do it right-even a hard core submissive can be made to be very unhappy.

Sorry you had such a poopy day ! Herez wishing you good luck !
:-)

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger steve said...

OK, Chacha. We'll hold the black olives and onions. It will be thin crust (and the pepperoni will be crispy) with extra cheese (the good stuff, many types) with parmesian sprinkled on top.

Mamma Mia !
That's a tasty treat !
:-D

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger steve said...

Hiya Bertha ! Don't be too scared ! Think of it as a gothic adventure !
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!

 
At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey luv,
i need you to come up here so you can spank campbell nice and hard! bizarre thing is that he's trashing teachers, and his wife's one. i guess he's looking for a divorce. she's probably been giving him a hard time since his drunk driving conviction.
you're losing paper mills cuz of the lack of raw materials...you'd think bush would fix things, having a more productive economy would look so much better for him, but we all know what a simpleton he is.
just ignore my whingeing...it may go on for a while. i'm not normally so cranky...and not being content makes me even crankier! ha ha...
cheers luv,
kerry

 
At 7:31 AM, Blogger steve said...

I'll bring my paddle, Kerry. I will even paint Campbells name on it with an unhappy face next to it.
Y'know, the people we need like teachers, police, firefighters, nurses, and soldiers never get the pay nor the appreciation nor the tools to do their jobs. They are a vital part of our infrasturctures. Yet some of the highest paid jobs are in the governments, this is due to elected officials being able to increase their own income just by voting on it at midnight. Too bad we can't get away with that kinda legerdemain.

Bush doesn't care about America or Canada or the world, all he cares about is the status quo, and taking risks with other peoples resources and lives. He's playing Napoleon and we are unwilling chess pieces. If it keeps up, foreign investors will call in our debt and then things will get real ugly. Hopefull Hillary Clinton will squeak by with a presidental win, I'm not a big fan of hers, but she's better than the alternative.

Too bad Jennifer Granholm can't run for prez, but she's was born in Canada and our laws won't allow it. But then if she could run, then so could Arnold Shwarztenagger, and that would be a disaster. Just look at what he's doin' to California.

Herez a hug Kerry * HUG ! * Hope things get better for ya soon.
:-)

 

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