Sunday, October 22, 2006

Illustration Friday ~ GHOST


"O Death, rock me asleep, Bring me to quiet rest, Let pass my weary guiltless ghost Out of my careful breast."

Once I found this Anne Boleyn quote for "Ghost," the rest sort of fell into place. Anne was notorious not only for being Queen Consort of King Henry VIII (and mother of Queen Elizabeth I), but also for her beheading on charges of adultery and treason on 19 May 1536. Once I nailed down this concept for my "Ghost" entry, it all felt creepy and very Halloween-appropriate.

Anne's ghost was created with Micron pens and colored pencils.

42 comments:

Tiger Mouse said...

Wow, that's amazing. As always your lettering is great. Love it! It is really poignant that you have used a real quote from Anne Boleyn.

michael dailey said...

ahh henry the ate he loved his women headless
go figure great illo and info didnt know anne was lizzes mom

steve said...

Excellent craftsmanship Amy! Yowch--hope it was quick and painless for the poor woman.

ValGalArt said...

Once again you have come up with a unique take on the topic! Excellent and you are really scaring me now!!!

aynaku said...

you always amaze me with your drawing abilities and this makes no exception...like the colours range as well...tnx for your comment and suggestion...guess I should find the way to finance the ghosts of my old adventures on the internet?
:)

benconservato said...

I don't think anyone having their head cut off is ever REALLY painless. Ask Robespierre... your illustration is very original.

mvillos said...

Great attention to detail. Your ability to capture the period with color choices and lettering is second to none. Great work!

Lu*** said...

Brilliant illo! genial view abaut Anne Boleyn. Love your micron pen technique.

Michelle Lana said...

aaah...lovely work amy! great job!

zann said...

Love all the detail and the lettering. Beautiful work, and I had no idea that she was quoted as saying that.

Wee Cottage said...

Wow, wonderful illustration, It makes my neck hurt a little. Great style though

Daphne said...

I love it! (Thanks for stopping by my illo, too!). I'll be looking in your archives, too...

Alex Senna said...

GREAT!!!!!

Anna said...

very nice!

KaRLa said...

waww!! nice illustration!! i like it a lot.

Alina Chau said...

wicked !!

carla said...

This is fabuous in every way, Amy! I love the engraved look of the drawing and the lettering...it makes me think of a fancy vintage book plate. I also love the Anne Boleyn reference. She is a compelling personage, and that time period in Engalnd's history has always fascinated me. Well done!!!

Stacia said...

Beautiful work! Inspiring :)

AndyDoodler said...

I second Carla's comment and all the rest- Love it!
Can tell you really enjoyed creating this. You brought her back to life so well - and nice touch with the B necklace(less?)- haha -she managed somehow not to part with it.

Pickledog said...

Very halloween in black and orange! As always I love your calligraphy, and the decorative flares.

Trevor Pitt said...

What? No love for Bloody Mary? Now she'll haunt your dreams...just like Billy Bush from Access Hollywood haunts mine. Sweet illo as always Amy Zed.

IdiotHead said...

Kinda macabre. But, I think that's the point. Great illo. I especially like the lettering. I wasn't quite sure who Anne Boleyn was (I should have known), so I looked her up on wikipedia. Your illo looks just like her.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Absolutely beautiful! Such rich detail.

Donna Reilly said...

Amy, you have such amazing lettering skills. It's very decorative and fits so well with the illustration. She's scary! Great illustration -- it gives me the creeps!

Ellen said...

WOW! This is perfect for the theme! Kismet!

Ellen said...

WOW! This is perfect for the theme! Kismet!

Tj said...

Wow that's beautiful! I especially like the costume! Its really amazing that you can take colour pencils and do that! Beautiful lettering too!

platinum blonde said...

i love the gothic feel of this. the lettering is superb as always. nice & gory...love it:)

Angela said...

Your excellent details really created an eerie classical look, and your type is perfect as always.

Jaimie said...

This is beautiful, Amy!! The detail, color, composition, superb!

erika said...

this is wonderful! great piece. your micron skills are amazing. wow.

tiffinix said...

Amy - this is such a stunning piece. Everything about it - the colors, the incredible details, the lettering, the dress design. I am in awe - truly a beautiful, beautiful piece of art.

albina said...

O, that hurt... I feel her pain -- great illo, creepily appropriate!

Angel said...

I love it. Very nice!

kg said...

awesome illo - the calligraphy is wonderful, too!

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AscenderRisesAbove said...

a lovely illustration for such a ghastly circumstance!

Rrramone said...

You know, I'm thinking that beheading was a bit harsh. Don't you? :-)

Like your drawing!

Roz Foster said...

Gorgeous lettering and flourishes, Amy. And the image is beautiful. Creepy!

Bron Smith said...

Beautifully drawn and rendered, Amy. I always look forward to seeing your pages.

Anonymous said...

I've been away for a while so I missed this one. This is great! I'm a little biased since I see it as the aftermath of my drawing from "fat."
:P
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

(sorry, "Anonymous" is me - mishka http://www.millefiori.net - blogger isn't letting me "sign in")