Jan 27 2011

Dusty – ’11-#5

I think it’s turning back around
And I think I like it
I think it’s turning back around
Though I don’t know why it is

I think it’s turning back on me
I’m down on the upside
I think it’s turning back on me
Now, I’m on the good ride

And nothing’s gonna put me out
It’s backing down and under
I’m down on the upside, now
It’s turning back around
Turning back around

I think it’s coming on the wind
Just like you said it
I think it’s coming on the wind
And I’m gonna let it

I think it’s turning back on me
Everything’s easy
I think it’s turning back on me
Everything’s real to me

Nothing’s gonna put me out
It’s backing down and under
I’m down on the upside, now
It’s turning back around
Turning back around
Turning back around

I think it’s coming on the wind
Just like you said it
I think it’s coming on the wind
And I’m gonna let it

Nothing’s gonna put me out, yeah
It’s backing down and under
I’m down on the upside, now
It’s turning back around
Turning back around
Turning back around

I’m turning back around
Turning back around
Turning back around
Turning back around
Turning back around

This week’s Illustration Friday theme is Dusty, and I chose the song Dusty by Soundgarden as my inspiration. For some reason I think of a tornado when I hear this song. Another cool song about tornadoes is by Drive-By Truckers – love this song.

And, I am fascinated by tornadoes. I have been ever since I was a kid. Wizard of Oz and all that. My mom used to have us hide in the basement on a blanket with our toys and a portable radio. She’d crack open the windows upstairs, as that was the folklore back then…if you didn’t your house would explode. I’ve been known to chase a few when I hear reports of them on the radio. But I’ve only ever seen one, and that was out the window at my work.

Photo credits:
SkyFlavio Takemoto
SkyDimitri Castrique
Sky – CG Textures
FieldJ. Lurie-Terrell
Tornado – Nick’s Blog
TextureChristoph van der Bij
TextureJulia Starr


Jan 21 2011

Walking On The Moon – ’11-#4

Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don’t break
Walking on the moon
We could walk forever
Walking on the moon
We could live together
Walking on, walking on the moon

Walking back from your house
Walking on the moon
Walking back from your house
Walking on the moon
Feet they hardly touch the ground
Walking on the moon
My feet don’t hardly make no sound
Walking on, walking on the moon

Some may say
I’m wishing my days away
No way
And if it’s the price I pay
Some say
Tomorrow’s another day
To stay
I may as well play

Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don’t break
Walking on the moon
We could walk forever
Walking on the moon
We could live together
Walking on, walking on the moon

Some may say
I’m wishing my days away
No way
And if it’s the price I pay
Some say
Tomorrow’s another day
To stay
I may as well play

Keep it up, keep it up

This piece is based on the lyrics to Walking On The Moon, by The Police. I think I heard this song on the radio last night. Sometimes the pieces just find me. :)

Photo credits:
Moonenrico nunziati
Stars – CG Textures


Jan 18 2011

Fool On The Hill – ’11-#3

Day after day
alone on a hill
the man with the foolish grin
is keeping perfectly still
but nobody wants to know him
they can see that he’s just a fool
and he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
sees the sun going down
and the eyes in his head
see the world spinning round

Well on the way
head in a cloud
the man of a thousand voices
talking perfectly loud

But nobody ever hears him
or the sounds he appears to make
and he never seems to notice

But the fool on the hill
sees the sun going down
and the eyes in his head
see the world spinning round

And nobody seems to like him
they can tell what he wants to do
and he never shows his feelings

But the fool on the hill
sees the sun going down
and the eyes in his head
see the world spinning round

He never listens to them
he knows that they’re the fools
they don’t like him

The fool on the hill
sees the sun going down
and the eyes in his head
see the world spinning round

Ohhh

Last night I watched the movie Dinner For Schmucks, a pretty funny and slightly bizarre movie. The soundtrack is awesome, and The Beatles song Fool On The Hill plays during the opening of the movie. I forgot how much I love that song, so I decided to do a piece on it.

I discovered a new website for source photos – CGTextures.com. I used a few of them on this piece.

Photo credits:
FoolKristine Wolcott
HillHilde Vanstraelen
Other textures – CGTextures.com


Jan 11 2011

Deja Vu (Infinite Dreams) – ’11-#2

Infinite dreams I can’t deny them
Infinity is hard to comprehend
I couldn’t hear those screams
Even in my wildest dreams

Suffocation waking in a sweat
Scared to fall asleep again
In case the dream begins again
Someone chasing and cannot move
Standing rigid a nightmare’s statue
What a dream, when will it end
And will I transcend?

Restless sleep, the mind’s in turmoil
One nightmare ends, another fertile
It’s getting to me so scared to sleep
But scared to wake now, in too deep

Even though it reached new heights
I rather like the restless nights
It makes me wonder, it makes me think
There’s more to this, I’m on the brink
It’s not the fear of what’s beyond
It’s just that I might not respond
I have an interest almost craving
Would I like to get too far in?

It can’t be all coincidence
Too many things are evident
You tell me “You’re an unbeliever”
Spiritualist? Well me, I’m neither
But wouldn’t you like to know
The truth
Of what’s out there to have the proof
And find out just which side
You’re on
Where would you end in Heaven or
In Hell?

Help me! Help me to find my true
Self without seeing the future
Save me, save me from torturing
Myself even within my dreams

There’s got to be just more to it
Than this
Or tell me why do we exist
I’d like to think that when I die
I’d get a chance another time
And to return and live again
Reincarnate, play the game
Again and again and again and again

This week’s Illustration Friday theme is Deja Vu. I thought of the Iron Maiden song of the same name, but then decided on a different Iron Maiden song for inspiration – Infinite Dreams. (get your eighties headbanging ready for this one!)
The lyrics of this song really speak to the concept of deja vu – a feeling that you’ve experienced something before.

Photo credits:
Texturemarcin lojek
Figuremiguel esquivel
FigureDimitri Castrique
Figureslettieb
CityFilipe Samora
CityNaseer Haider Siddiqui
CityIrum Shahid
ClocksBen Kersey
Moon – me (a picture I took during the Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse)


Jan 3 2011

Resolution(s) (The Mariner’s Revenge Song) – ’11-#1

We are two mariners
Our ship’s sole survivors
In this belly of a whale
Its ribs are ceiling beams
Its guts are carpeting
I guess we have some time to kill

You may not remember me
I was a child of three
And you, a lad of eighteen
But I remember you
And I will relate to you
How our histories interweave

At the time you were a rake and a roustabout
Spending all your money on the whores and hounds, oh oh

You had a charming air
All cheap and debonair
My widowed mother found so sweet
And so she took you in
Her sheets still warm with him
Now filled with filth and foul disease

As time wore on you proved a debt-ridden drunken mess
Leaving my mother a poor consumptive wretch, oh oh

And then you disappeared
Your gambling arrears
The only thing you left behind
And then the magistrate
Reclaimed our small estate
And my poor mother lost her mind

Then one day in spring, my dear sweet mother died
But, before she did I took her hand as she, dying, cried, oh oh

“Find him, bind him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he
Wakes up naked
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave”

It took me fifteen years
To swallow all my tears
Among the urchins in the street
Until a priory
Took pity and hired me
To keep their vestry nice and neat

But, never once in the employ of these holy men
Did I ever once turn my mind from the thought of revenge, oh oh

One night I overheard
The prior exchanging words
With a penitent whaler from the sea
The captain of his ship
Who matched you toe to tip
Was known for a wanton cruelty

The following day, I shipped to sea with a privateer
And in the whistle of the wind I could almost hear, oh oh

“Find him, bind him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he
Wakes up naked
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave”

There is one thing I must say to you
As you sail across the sea
Always, your mother will watch over you
As you avenge this wicked deed”

And then, that fateful night
We had you in our sight
After twenty months at sea
Your starboard flank abeam
I was getting my muskets cleaned
When came this rumbling from beneath

The ocean shook, the sky went black, and the captain quailed
And before us grew the angry jaws of a giant whale

(whale attack)

Don’t know how I survived
The crew all was chewed alive
I must have slipped between his teeth
But, oh, what providence
What divine intelligence
That you should survive as well as me

It gives my heart great joy to see your eyes fill with fear
So lean in close
And I will whisper
The last words you’ll hear, oh oh…

Well, I ended 2010 with a Decemberists song, so I thought I’d start 2011 with a Decemberists song. This piece is based on The Decemberists song The Mariner’s Revenge Song. For an awesome LEGO version, check this one out. I have to say this is my all-time favorite Decemberists song.

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is Resolutions. I decided to not stick with the traditional New Year definition of resolutions, which often get broken. I think the main character in the song has the true definition of resolution – the state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.

I took a little different route with this one, compared to some of my pieces from last year. This one was still done in Photoshop, but I went a more illustrative route.

Photo credits:
FaceNico1
SkyThomas C.
SkyRicardo Chahad
LighthouseKatrin Blumenschein
Whale – Nathalie Jaquet
BoatSimona Dumitru