Thursday, July 20, 2006

Illustration Friday - SACRIFICE


I struggled with this week's theme, and finally found this quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton was a pioneer of women's rights in the United States, and worked with Susan B. Anthony to gain voting rights for women. They founded the National Woman Suffrage Association and Stanton served as president.

While Stanton is best known for her long contribution to the woman suffrage struggle, she was also active and effective in winning property rights for married women, equal guardianship of children, and liberalized divorce laws so that women could leave marriages that were often abusive of the wife, the children, and the economic health of the family.

Information from womenshistory.about.com

Black Micron pens and colored pencil.

29 comments:

Gabrielle said...

Hear Hear.

In fact all of us would do well to occasionally remember those words.

I don't mean detract from the original meaning: taken in that context, it is a very poignant truth and often those in the middle of crisis really do need to keep hearing it so eventually they can internalize it.

erika said...

this is great! i saw a comment by you on someone else's submission about how you were struggling with the topic.

i think you nailed it! beautiful piece. and hear hear for woman's rights. :)

carra said...

Oh thank you Amy, that was one of the best pieces I've seen lately! I didn't know that quote before (had heard of Stanton, though). Sadly for us women, those words are even more important now than they were in her days. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Amy said...

Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful, beautiful work.

carla said...

Yeah! This one is great on every level, Amy. I love the empowering message of the words, and i love your treatment. The lettering and the hand with the wonderful butterflies and stars comes together in such a gorgeous piece of work! I really delight in seeing the 60's-70's influence in your art...it's a style that's dear to me, and you really bring new life to it:>

Tulipland said...

great work!

Geninne said...

OH MY GOD!!! This might just be my favorite! It is so beautiful Amy, the lettering is spectacular and the whole design is just perfect. In one word: WOW.
My favorite for this week's theme by far :-)

michael dailey said...

ok sorry to interfer with this all girl reunion til now but just wanna say ditto to all thats been said. very appealing work and quote. love ur calligraphy on this

AndyDoodler said...

Beautiful!- style reminds me of the Paris Metropolitan -- Art Nouveau. Great quote- for a woman-- I'm kidding- it's just plain a great quote. And the more one develops oneself-- the less one need sacrifice in helping others develop. Lamaesque- help yourself first - so that you'll be better able to help others.

AnastasiaC said...

very beautiful lettering - great words!

Jaimie said...

beautifully done! I've read a lot about the women's suffrage movement. We must remember what those brave women went through to gain such rights that we take for granted today.
Watch Iron Jawed Angels with Hilary Swank as suffragette Alice Paul. It's an amazing and inspiring story.

kj said...

yay again amy. what a great message for this topic. like carla, i love the 60's-70's influence. and thanks for the reminder!

kj

Angela said...

Your type and imagery are really working together here beautifully!!
Your work keeps looking more and more crisp and professional.

Andrea said...

You make me want to break out my old colored pencils ... I know I have some somewhere under all of these markers & pens. Nice take on this weeks topic!

bill zeman said...

beautiful drawing - and of course the lettering is excellent. The quote is great too and very much food for thought, for men and children too!

(the other) Gabrielle said...

This is really lovely, Amy. I love how you combine text and art in your work. And the sentiment is a good one for everyone, male or female.

Kaya said...

Wow, great quote and style, very inspiring words and life.

Franfou said...

thats very very cool fonts

Pickledog said...

Amy, great work! Your struggle has payed off. You have picked a wonderful quote and illustrated it very beautifully.

Tiger Mouse said...

This is beautiful and delicate, I love it. The quote is great too!

ValGalArt said...

All hail Elizabeth Cady Stanton!!! We take for granted these gifts she fought for. Well you really pulled it out of the box this time I just love it! Really thoughtful, clever and beautifully rendered!!!

haze mcelhenny said...

oh this is lovely and quite powerful in its beauty. nice take on the theme. i can't wait to see what you will do this week.

Jana Bouc said...

This is wonderful--the words and the illustration! Did you do all the lettering by hand? It's fabulous! I'd love to have a poster of it.

Chickengirl said...

the borders on this is lovely. A great quote.

tiffinix said...

This quote ROCKS! And your drawing is insane. What detail - your font is fantastic! Beautiful!!

Trevor Pitt said...

Really awesome piece Amy. Beautiful script and imagery. Kewl quote too. Lemme ask you this; What if you've deveoped a pungency to sacrifice your self as your higher duty? Are you kinda' screwed after that? :P

melanienyc said...

i love the border you have used. the quote is perfect for this topic! :)

Roz Foster said...

Hey, this is really beautiful, Amy. Gorgeous design - and you have a keen eye for fonts, don't you? Great stuff.

n.b. said...

Great quote. Definitely needed to see that at this moment, wrestling with some work and home issues. Thanks!