Wednesday, August 24, 2005




When I thought about reflection I thought about all the duality type movies and books I really like. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the The Picture of Dorian Gray which I chose to illustrate. In the story by Oscar wilde, Dorian stays young and unmarked while his portrait grows old but it also grows more hideous the more his soul becomes rotten. He gets to do whatever he wants and the portrait shows the results. I remember the first time I saw the old black and white
movie as a kid and the great moment when you see the hideous portrait. I always thought the painting was amazing. It was many years later that I found out the painting was done by Ivan Albright and only last year that I saw the original in the
Chicago Institute for the first time. That was more exciting for me than some of the Monets i tell ya [ tho I like Monet and all] . I read the book a while after I saw the movie and still enjoy it.
I like that everyone flings themselves onto sofas and lounges languidly.
In my piece Dorian, in a rare moment of guilt, smashes a mirror which holds his "false" reflection while the hideous portrait looks on.
I drew up some quotes from the book in my sketchbook as well.






24 comments:

Aravis said...

That's an excellent story. I love your use of it for this week's IF challenge!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful .. wonderful .. wonderful! Excellent story and illustrations. Is that Oscar saying all art is useless?

carla said...

You 100% rock! This is such a great illustration of old DG...not just because you do great illustrations, but also because that monster in the mirror is very true to the concept of the novel. And you captured the characters' personalities so well in your illustrated epigrams. Bravo! The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my students' favorites and one of my favorite novels to teach.

To anonymous - OW added a preface of epigrams to the novel after there was a big to-do about its morality when it appeared as a serialized novel...sort of a series of "disclaimers," as it were. One of the epigrams he included was, "All art is quite useless."

Bridget said...

wow i love the pic at the top... i feel like that in the morning!

please check out my blog and make some comments on my pictures.... i'd love advice form someone as good as you!

Mustashrik said...

great great job drazen, love the illustration this week! top job ;)

Smook said...

Nice illustrations, Draz! Your pen work (and I am assuming it is pen) is just beautiful! By the way, thanks for putting me up in your links........much appreciated my friend!

Mike

JacqueLynn said...

I think your style is wonderful. Love the colors and the line style.

Kactiguy said...

Great idea. I love the idea of the portrait getting creepy. Nicely rendered. Your line and color create a great mood and focus. I also love how you drew characters saying the quotes. You've taken note taking to a new level.

Jeope said...

I remember that original from a college field trip to Chicago. I didn't know the story, so it's suddenly all coming together now!

Great job. Very inspirational. Your site is sure a nice place to hang out.

Wignke said...

Simply fantastic. I love that you didn't stop at just one piece but went to do the quotes. I get the impression that your one of those people who just can't put the pen down.

Amy said...

I am a bit stunned. Gorgeous everything.

Drazen said...

Thannks everyone!
Carla- yeah its a great book.Glad you like I how interpreted em.
Jeope- I thought the Art Institute was an amazing gallery.
thanks for hanging out, I'd offer you a cocktail but...

Sam said...

Wow, just who are ya. I was browsing at blogspot's blogs randomly. I really like what you have done to your page ;)

Denis said...

Great piece. I love your sense of details. I saw this black & white movie once, a long long time ago. I don't have a clear picture in my head of what the portrait looked like exactly, but I remember it was hideous.

noah's dad said...

Wow! great work. I love your style.

paige said...

Drazen! I'm in awe! I love the illustration and youre excellent depiction. And I really love these character sketches. Absolute stunners...especially the last three. The lovely lady with the delicate hand, the tiny eyes on the Oscar Wilde looking fella, the sideburns, hair and expression on the last guy. Wonderful!Wonderful!!

abohemianlikeyou said...

hey really great blog.
im new to blogger, how long did it take you to get so many followers? i'd love to do an arty kinda blog, im still in high school but i could use the feedback!
how do you get the customized banners?
keep up the awesome work!

Michael said...

Mr. Kozjan - really great stuff! I in fact picked up Diary of a Fairy Godmother last week which brought me here!

Glad the wife supports a healthy interest in Mario Bava. I'll be back - thanks for the inspirational stuff!

Michael

Paulinho said...

Fantastic! I love this book, but did not see the film. It is especial to see the caracters through your eyes. Excuse my english...

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Drazen said...

Thanks folks!

Hey Michael thanks! You have a great blog as well. Thats cool you got Diary of a Fairy Godmother, hope you enjoyed it.
hah-yeah the wife,shes a honey.
hey bohemian-if you go to the blog eyes wide apart done by the marvelous Paige Pooler she has a description on how
to change the banner..and umm I don't think "followers" is the right word. I'm very appreciative to folks who pop by
and look around and leave a comment...I wouldn't worry to much about getting lots of comments..just put your art blog up
and start posting..it can be a little spark to creativity.
and thanks a lot paulinho

bt said...

this is so fun - I never blogged before eh but i really dig seeing all this work and being able to check out how much other people like it too

right on Zarden!

xo

B

Uloo said...

Hey, this is terrific stuff, Drazen. Such a great idea for the REFLECTION topic.

Fulton Beal said...

To gaze in the mirror
My face becomes clearer
To that which I have become
A monster of sin
Mine evil hidden
Egad what horror I've done!