April 16, 2005

EM Challenge #9: Organized Chaos (a pile)

Today my sister in law brought me a shoebox filled with these stamps. She got them at an auction for me. They are so cool. But have to be old...some of the images are definitely not recent. Has anyone ever seen these type of stamps? Anyway, catching up on challenges this weekend...I decided to do a pile. Of course, I couldn't draw one of the many piles we have laying around our house already...I had to create a new one, which is still laying there on the kitchen counter while I am posting this. This is really only about a third of the pile I have...but it's almost 1:00 a.m. and I am getting tired so I decided to stop...even though the pile looks unfinished (to me). I drew this with a photo pencil (Creative Memories) which worked out real nice...doesn't smudge. I don't really know what the pencil is made of but I liked drawing with it. This was a fun drawing to do. Hope you like it too!


Blogger Karen Winters said...

Really nice drawing, and a great concept to have the stamping behind it. I've never heard of a photo pencil before, but it sounds like a must-have. My 2B smears like a son of a gun if I don't get fixatif on it pronto. This is one of my favorite drawings of yours!

1:22 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

This is so, so good! Wow! It looks so three-dimensional, it leaps off the page. It's fun to see the stamps, too. I'm afraid of pencil, I'd love to find one that doesn't smear. Thanks for the tip.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think these stamps are reading stamps. In other words to teach kids how to read, using the picture with the word, to make flash cards. Really cool drawing. It is so real looking. Sue

1:38 AM  
Blogger Robyn said...

This is a wonderful, imaginative setup and image. Thanks so much for sharing.

Scratches and Scribbles

4:51 AM  
Blogger Hellkitten said...

I love this ... the simplicity of the stamps juxtaposed with the really detailed sketch of a chaotic pile of stamps ... hooray for juxtapositioning, mine eyes are dancing with delight :-)
My only gripe is that I couldn't make the image bigger and get to really pore over it :-(
I go along with anonymous's theory that it's got something to do with schools ... the word stamps in particular remind me of those 1950's Ladybird books ('watch Jane cook and clean with her mummy', 'watch Jack being stereotypically masculine and helping his daddy poke under a car bonnet' etc). Can't wait to see more of them turning up in strange places on your art.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like others have said this is a GREAT drawing. Really good mix of typography and drawing, and I have to say it is one of my favourites of yours. I think I might try and seek out one of those pencils to experiment with.


6:00 PM  
Anonymous nicci said...

Love the drawing, I agree with what another person said about these being stamps made for teachers to make flashcards that went along with early reading books. The cat looks almost identical to a cat I have seen in the Dick and Jane series.

3:32 AM  
Blogger u l a n said...

the drawing looks very realistic! very nice! your 'new' old stamps look fun =) enjoy!

-- ian [everydaymatters]

btw, julie, your hand drawing wouldn't load when i checked it a while ago. i'll try again later. =)

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Hanna said...

Oh, great drawing (I like it alot!), great gift from your friend and fun stamps! Congrats!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Cin said...

really nice, so carefully observed and like the contrast between the flat stamped images and your shaded dimensional drawing

5:10 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Julie, this is awesome, as usual! I never heard of a photo pencil before either -- must check it out, especially if it contributes to such a great drawing!

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Just when I think you can't possibly do anything more amazing, you do! I love the way your drawing has so much detail that I feel like the pile is right in front of me.

7:37 AM  

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