Thursday, 14 May 2009

Inspired by Leanne Ellis

In my own signed work I would not make a drawing from someone else's art, not even with changes. But in my art journal, anything goes. It can be fun to try out other people's styles and ideas, like trying on someone else's hat, to see if the influence will eventually influence your own style. Or just to do something different, outside what you usually draw.

Here is the original illustration by the talented Leanne Ellis of la-la-laillustration.

10 comments:

Leanne Ellis said...

I love it!! It's facinating to see how you've reinterpreted it! The little rabbit is so sweet! And I really like the strangeness of her face! I think I prefer your version!! Haha! I'm a great believer in what you say about trying out other peoples styles and ideas, purely for your own personal development. I think it's really sad that the process of replicating or interpreting existing artworks with the aim of developing your own process is no longer an obligitary part of art courses and degrees. I work at my local Uni, and it's amazing how many of the students are completely horrified when I suggest this to them, as it's been drummed into them that they musn't 'copy'!

Really interesting, and thanks for posting this! :)

Debrina said...
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Debrina said...

Sorry, I had to write my comment again - the first attempt was way too rushed (hence the deleted comment earlier)LOL.

ANYWAY - I definitely hear you on this one. I'm always reinterpreting in my own journal. When I was at design school it used to irk me big time when one or two other students "copied" me, until my design teacher informed me of two things - 1) imitation is the greatest form of flattery 2) nature is the only original artist...

Your reinterpretation is absolutely gorgeous....

Zom said...

I am glad you both like her.

Thank you so much for understanding Leanne. I find your work very inspiring, I love your take on things, and I guess she popped in from my excitement.

You may like my version a bit better, but she is born from your inspiration not mine. I guess I am kind of a stepmother...

luthien said...

what an interesting post with interesting arguments :) now i can see this 'taboo topic' (you are right leanne... it's been drilled into us, not just artists but many other creative professions like dance, decor, film making etc)in a totally different light :)

thank you for the insight ladies...

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

I love seeing other artists interpretations on the same drawing or picture!

You did quite well with this. I think I actually like your interpretation better than the original. The character has much more of a personality.

The Gypsy said...

I love the whole idea of this post, the art, the discussion, and nice that we have both artists here! :-)

Zom said...

I think it is important to see the difference between two artists interpreting the same theme, and one artist drawing a version of another artist's drawing. In the first situation you both are at the same starting gate so to speak, whereas in the second situation one artist has the advantage of the theme already being interpreted and she just has to elaborate on that. Kind of like icing the cake that someone else has baked.

luthien said...

hey zom :)
you're IT :) if you wanna play come to my blog :)

Shelley said...

I love your take in this sketch. It is your interpritation and feelings that count.
I am just starting to have a go a sketching, drawing people is my downfall. But I do find that copying has helped me alot. They never look the same and as good as the original but they are my originals.
Leanne has really inspired me to keep going and that I intend to do.
hugs Shelley