Friday, September 22, 2006


I love this week's Illustration Friday topic: phobia. Looking around for ideas this morning I spotted our faux antique phone, which reminded me of my own borderline phone phobia. So, I photographed it using available light.

Then I cropped and photoshopped it slightly (see directly below) and printed it in greyscale using a black and white laser printer.
Next I drew a grid pattern on the print and coloured a few random squares (but not the phone) with various types of pens and pencils.

After that I cut the grid into pieces and glued them randomly onto a piece of pink construction paper.
I scanned the collage, cropped and photoshopped it a little more and voila: an illustration of the anxiety I used to feel as a child when faced with the telephone.


Blogger Within Without said...

Incredible end product, and thanks so much for explaining the process you went through.

My head would have spinning otherwise...

22/9/06 8:24 p.m.  
Blogger CeCe said...

That's cool!

22/9/06 8:52 p.m.  
Blogger Gemma said...

Ohmigosh.....afraid of the phone...that would suck. Your art is awesome.

22/9/06 9:16 p.m.  
Blogger murphy girl said...

still hate talking on the phone! great idea!

22/9/06 9:27 p.m.  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

It makes me wonder why you were scared of it...what you thought it could do to you. It's a great collage. I like the photos too. Personally I hate the phone but it doesn't scare me--especially since I got caller I.D. and can avoid certain calls.

22/9/06 10:59 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

You appear to be becoming more productive by the day. Kids in school, eh? :-) New autumn creative push? Very fun collage.

22/9/06 11:06 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

very cool process, i totally dig it!I have a phone phobia, I don't like to talk on the phone very much!

22/9/06 11:52 p.m.  
Anonymous cream said...

A very intricate job!
I have a phobia that I may lose my mobile phone! It contains just about everything I need!

23/9/06 1:28 a.m.  
Blogger Irene Tuazon said...

Wow. What a refreshingly creative and unique blog you have!

You're so talented! Keep at it. c",)

23/9/06 1:37 a.m.  
Blogger *DeB* said...

I hate phones, but yours is great!

23/9/06 2:25 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice colors, good work

23/9/06 2:33 a.m.  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

I hate to hear the phone RRRRRRRRRRING. It always makes me nervous. Is that considered a phobia? Your illustration and the process to create it are an art in themselves. I love it!

23/9/06 6:25 a.m.  
Blogger himavant said...

thanks for sharing the method. nice. gives me an idea ;-)

23/9/06 6:40 a.m.  
Blogger susan said...

me too honey. phones are the WORST.

23/9/06 7:28 a.m.  
Blogger Nancy said...

Loved hearing the process. I'm trying to get started with digital design, but as a fine artist, I'm struggling. Your post helped me see other approaches.

I hate the phone too. Caller id is my enabler.

23/9/06 9:33 a.m.  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Wow, this is beautiful! Nice to see the process unfolding too.

23/9/06 10:42 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Cool collage! I like the colors and jagged composition...they really communicate the anxiety of telephobia, something I still have myself from time to time even as an adult. Good job, Andrea!

24/9/06 6:59 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the song "you didn't try to call me" by FZ immediately sprang to mind, with Roy Estrada's little falsetto piping along.

and yes,
phones ARE intimidating.
that's what answering machines are for.

love yer collage.

24/9/06 3:46 p.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

Great collage.
Phones ugh. I hate having to make calls at work. It is intimidating.

24/9/06 4:58 p.m.  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Love to see the process here! I have phone phobia, but only when it rings in the middle of the night! Blah! This is really different than what you usually do and I love it very much! :)

24/9/06 5:00 p.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

Fantastic job!

25/9/06 7:44 a.m.  
Blogger Jaimie said...

Andrea this is quite striking. I love the bold contrast of the colors. And thanks for sharing the process. I always learn something new from you.

28/9/06 3:05 p.m.  
Blogger michael dailey said...

love the way you went about creating this collage effect nice colors too

28/9/06 8:07 p.m.  
Blogger Janet said...

Nice work! I'm with MerlinP..only in the middle of the night...if it rings then, it makes my heart race...

29/9/06 6:15 a.m.  

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