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Floating Ginkgo Jam #19: In The News
 
This Jam has now ended and you can vote for your favourites here.
 
Good Luck to all!
 
The winners for Floating Ginkgo Jam #18: In Situ, The View or You
 
are... 1st Place - emigre
2nd Place - horsefeather
3rd Place - Swandieve

 
You can see all of the previous Jam winners here.

 


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[184] Artist: flubbles | Title: John lennon! | Time: 9h 1m
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flubbles @ Friday, November 18th 2011, 6:24 PM
John winston ono lennon born (october 1940 assassinated by obsessed fan on december 8th 1980) better known as simply john lennon rose to fame as songwriter, singer, and guitarist for the influential 1960s rock group the beatles.Lennon was also a solo musician political activist and auther.He was married first to cynthia lennon but left her for the japanese artist yoko ono,he always disliked his middle name and at his 2nd marriage he changed it to &quot;ono&quot; (His mother had named him after one of my all time legend's sir winston churchill)He nickmamed himself &quot;Dr winston O boogie.&quot; In his early life he lived with his mother julia until his fatehr fred walked out on the family.Julia lennon decided he would be better off living with his aunt mimi because she felt she could no longer cope, julia lennon later went on to get knocked down and killed by an off duty police officer when john was 16 years of age.Lennons aunt mimi was able to get john accepted into the liverpool college of art by showing them some of his drawings. John grew to hate art school and became more increasingly interested in his love
of music and singers such as Elvis presley and buddy holly.Eventually in the late 50s, lennon formed his own skiffle group called the quarry men, which later got changed to the name we all grew to love the beatles. John lennon for me was somebody who truly made a difference on the world as everybody knew it, he was free spirit who spoke his own mind and went agianst the normal way of thinking,he didnt care what anybody else thought and did his own thing, he didnt fit the mold.And in so many ways he broke the mold.Everytime i hear imagine its like he's still with us the song has a heart beat its like its alive.
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Friday, April 18th 2008, 11:09 PM
Oh wow, this is amazing, such detail. The hat and detail to it is my favorite aside the wonderful shading on his face. It really shows when someone spends this amount of time on a drawing, something I need to do, but am always pressed for time. Even the reflection in the glasses, which looks like the sky is marvelous! I've always looked forward to your drawings and I am so glad your here. Beautiful job and if this isn't a finished drawing, it blows me away.
flubbles @ Friday, April 18th 2008, 11:14 PM
Thanks alot, well i keep trying to finish it but when i press retouch it goes back to the drawing before and when i press refresh nothing happens lol so as of now i cant finish the few little touches i need to add.
grace @ Saturday, April 19th 2008, 12:49 AM
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Will comment later, for now just want to say: You MUST close all browser windows and reopen one in order to see the most recent version of your drawing when you hit retouch.
suzie @ Saturday, April 19th 2008, 4:48 AM
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OOOo This is wonderful, gosh it gives tingles down my spine!
Digging the sheen on his specs, and your detail on his hat is absolutely beautiful flubbles. Great likeness and such an unusual image! I could yack on forever, but will spare you..lol
Simply wonderful! :D
Meno @ Saturday, April 19th 2008, 7:41 AM
Ah, you captured his cheekiness so well! You are GOOD!
grace @ Sunday, April 20th 2008, 10:53 AM
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I am blown away by the painterly sophistication of your colouring in this. The skin tones are fantastic! That you were able to do something so complex using such a small canvas....aaaaiiiieeee! How? Well, I say the floral element is in this one but it needs either a music link of some words about how Lennon's music has affected or influenced your life to be eligible under the rules of this particular Jam.
flubbles @ Sunday, April 20th 2008, 1:19 PM
Im pretty computer iliterate so im not sure how to add a link, ree's trying to explain it to me but ive not fathomed it yet lol well i'll be back later to try.
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Sunday, April 20th 2008, 1:57 PM
I'm not sure if this will count, but I've added a few links to this page/comment. I know your trying hard to put some links here and are struggling with it.

Some of his music is listed below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEOkxRLzBf0 Imagine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-NRriHlLUk Give Peace a Chance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8jw-ifqwkM So this is Xmas (War Is Over)&lt;&lt;&lt;Very sad video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaLfDnShEn0 Woman

This talented man brings tears to my eyes.
Suntan @ Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 3:37 PM
I want to know if REE is talking about Lennon or you, Flubs&lt;-----&quot;this talented man brings tears to my eyes&quot; 8D WOW.
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Thursday, April 24th 2008, 12:10 AM
The tears come from the talented &quot;John&quot; ...lol.


[255] Artist: horsefeather | Title: Heirloom | Time: 2h 57m
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horsefeather @ Wednesday, March 3rd 2010, 11:27 PM
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2nd Place Ginkgo Jam #18 - Congratulations!

Some objects I've collected =) Some are passed down from my elders. I'm really happy with the porcelain cup in this but the key is driving me crazy! Perspective can be your best friend and your worst enemy...

Sorry I havn't been drawing/commenting lately, school has begun and my teachers wasted no time in drowning us in work =P
Suntan @ Saturday, September 6th 2008, 1:59 PM
How completely beautiful! oh my. You have outdone yourself on this one. The cup is so well done AND the key as well!! What could be wrong with it, I do not know..my eye picks up nothing wrong. Everything good...Soft coloring, fabulous glow of light, wonderful luster of the pearls, gleam of jewel and sheen of wood. Well done and a beautiful story. Good Luck in the Jam. :)
StGeorgeOfEngland @ Saturday, September 6th 2008, 4:13 PM
I was going to say 'just absolutely beautiful' but I see Suntan used that. Aaaah what the heck, it IS beautiful work. I see why you are pleased with the porcelain cup, it is excellent on its own. My next favourite bit is the gold blocked edges to the book. Bookbinding was something I touched on within my job many years ago and I know that you have reproduced the lustre of that gold just right. I could go on and on but we would run out of space for anyone else to comment. Yep, it's just beautiful work.
Meno @ Saturday, September 6th 2008, 6:14 PM
This has such an Old Masters look to it, with the burnished golds and oranges and the lustrous pearls. The flames draw you in ... it's simply beautiful :)
Kathy @ Saturday, September 6th 2008, 7:56 PM
This is stunning Horsefeather, I am so impressed with this, it's gorgeous. The details in the key are really good and I love the glow of the candles. The cup is beautiful. Wonderful work Horsefeather!
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Saturday, September 6th 2008, 11:31 PM
Beautiful! I love the glow going on here on all the items. The key is so fancy and beautiful. The candle and it's glow is done so well. What a nice collection of items and it makes a wonderful grouping. All these different textures are so pleasing to the eye on all the objects you've grouped.
sparky7 @ Sunday, September 7th 2008, 4:58 AM
&quot;Wow&quot;!! This is a really beautiful picture!!
Xina54 @ Sunday, September 7th 2008, 8:05 AM
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this is really beautiful, such a wonderful collection of objects and your rendition of them is just perfect. Very well done!
Christine M B @ Sunday, September 7th 2008, 8:46 AM
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stunning and superb!
gel_o @ Sunday, September 7th 2008, 11:12 AM
It's exquisite horsefeather! You've done a superb job here with this one!
ptrice @ Monday, September 8th 2008, 2:25 PM
This is gorgeous and so appealing. I love it. The colors are so rich and each object has such a sense of reality and depth and character. The lighting is superb - wonderful HF!!!
emigre @ Monday, September 8th 2008, 6:19 PM
So well done !!! all kaleidoscopic tones of lights and reflects :) and textures.. All in this is very well rendered ! :) i particulary like the porcelain cup :) BRAVO!
Miss Q @ Monday, September 8th 2008, 10:55 PM
Fabulous painting!They used to use those keys in big front doors of houses..Perfect and the lighting is perfect too! Congrats on your win Joanna!

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katski @ Saturday, September 13th 2008, 10:28 AM
Oh wow I really like the warmth of the colours you used. I think the pearls are really well done.. oh and the cup, and the candle.. well all of it actually. :)
qtgillie @ Sunday, September 14th 2008, 9:26 PM
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This is so beautiful. Great composition and wonderful drama. The reflections of light are superb...love the different textures and that key. Can you come to my house and make me a pretty still life like this??????
KuteDymples @ Monday, September 15th 2008, 10:44 AM
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This is outstanding! Amazingly beautiful. The colors and the shine of the glass not to mention the lighting. Just Amazing!
Trish333 @ Wednesday, September 17th 2008, 11:28 PM
This is beautiful in everyway. You have a wonderful talent!
BabsBlueEyes @ Thursday, September 25th 2008, 11:01 PM
So beautiful Horsefeather. The apple candle is a favorite for me. Great glow.
amagic2u @ Saturday, October 4th 2008, 1:39 PM
WOW this is so well done it does not get any better then this. you have very nice stuff as well.. again WOW!
StGeorgeOfEngland @ Thursday, October 16th 2008, 8:18 PM
Well done HF. There is so much to like in this picture. My fave bits are the candles glow and the glaze on the cup. So well done. Congratulations.
Suntan @ Thursday, October 16th 2008, 8:51 PM
^5!! wtg! look what you've done! Wow..a wonderful, warm work that says much about you! Congratulations, hf! =D
sparky7 @ Friday, October 17th 2008, 1:26 AM
Congratulations to you....this is a really beautiful picture!! :)
horsefeather @ Friday, October 17th 2008, 7:12 AM
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Thank you everyone!
ptrice @ Friday, October 17th 2008, 12:37 PM
Congratulations, HF, for your extremely well-deserved award for this superb painting!
elly @ Saturday, October 18th 2008, 11:24 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!! Amazing piece! There are sooooo many wonderful aspects of your drawing! Well deserved honor!!!! =)
BabsBlueEyes @ Sunday, October 19th 2008, 1:41 AM
Congradulations on your winning work. Such a delightful draw.
Meno @ Sunday, October 19th 2008, 11:11 AM
Congrats on a gorgeous draw!
emigre @ Sunday, October 19th 2008, 1:35 PM
Yes i think its a wonderful drawing ! :) very clair-obscur and very mysterious like steal lifes from 17th century :D
Congrats to you !
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Sunday, October 19th 2008, 4:50 PM
Aaaaah, so warm and beautiful. Another splendid award well deserved, congrats to you as well. There is so much interest here. This is very stunning and beautiful. I'm happy for you, congrats.


[89] Artist: Grafight | Title: Carlos Santana | Time: 4h 38m
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Grafight @ Wednesday, March 3rd 2010, 5:02 PM
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1st Place Ginkgo Jam #16 - Congratulations!

Carlos Santana... the name evokes more than I can express... He's a legend and a genius. I was inspired by his music and his unrelenting love for human beings. His passion is unity among all people. An eternal optimist and one of my heroes. Viva Carlos!
KuteDymples @ Wednesday, March 19th 2008, 9:22 PM
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Grafight, this is incredible. The colors are so vivid and the style in which you did this is amazing. I am with you about Santana, I grew up listening to him and have loved him forever. Awesome draw Grafight!
Grafight @ Wednesday, March 19th 2008, 9:43 PM
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Thanks, Kute! I chose not to correct the blue from the stage lights and instead I exaggerated it to express the colorfulness of his music. Glad it worked!
Kathy @ Thursday, March 20th 2008, 1:08 AM
You aren't going to believe this probably but it is true. I am at work right now and so I thought I would check out your drawing. I am listening to the radio, and Black Magic Woman was playing right when I looked at this. Now is that a weird coincidence or what, almost freaky huh. Anyway, this drawing is awesome! I looked at the drawing while the song played through and it was pretty neat, like I was watching him do that song.
KuteDymples @ Thursday, March 20th 2008, 2:41 AM
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Worked? No it didn't work. Down to the hairs on his arm it chilled me to the bone. I love the serape over his shoulder and each exaggeration of color and shadow you put into this. I want a poster of this. :-)
Suntan @ Thursday, March 20th 2008, 10:29 AM
So Wonderful, your work is so enjoyable! Love it Grafight, wow!!:D
elly @ Thursday, March 20th 2008, 4:32 PM
Awesome! This has such a &quot;HOT PEPPER&quot; look to it! And what an Expert Jamster he is! These colors are truly fab!!!!! WTG!
Grafight @ Thursday, March 20th 2008, 4:34 PM
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Kathy, that's really cool! I'm thinking of pasting the animation in Youtube with that music playing in the background. Thanks for the comments. Kute, Thanks again, you're too kind. Thanks to you too, Suntan.
grace @ Thursday, March 20th 2008, 6:51 PM
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this drawing!!!!! I think you should send it to him! Definitly post the animation on Utube. That would be so cool. I can still remember the day in 1970 I bought Abraxis on a trip to The City. I bought that and Van Morrison's Moondance Album the same day. Took 'um home to Crescent City and played them real loud, over and over and over. All my friends went wild over Santana. Black Magic Woman is still the first song that comes to mind when I think of Santana...although...Noel and my favourite song to do the cha cha to is &quot;Smooth&quot;. (Wouldn't this have been a great entry for our arbitrary colour jam, too?)
Grafight @ Thursday, March 20th 2008, 7:40 PM
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Thanks so much Elly and Grace!
vere @ Friday, March 21st 2008, 12:06 AM
Woah. Psychedelic to the max. I think the right hand and the guitar strap are super. The hat and hair, as well.

Great use of color. Nice piece.
Swandieve @ Friday, March 21st 2008, 8:47 AM
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fantastic drawing, man!
Igiveup @ Friday, March 21st 2008, 1:18 PM
I'm often 'arguing' with a friend about who is the greatest guitarist of all time. He insists on Jimi Hendrix, my vote goes to Carlos. And what justice you've done him Grafight. I absolutely love the vibrant colours you chose and how you've managed to include the floral element in such harmony with the rest of the piece. Stunning job!
Dante @ Sunday, March 23rd 2008, 5:08 PM
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This is fantastic graf. You got his festive look very well in this and great likeness. I love the style a lot. He is such a great guitarist. Maybe it's the Canadian in me but I really enjoy his two collabs with Chad Kroeger.. especially the latest Into the night very good song.
Grafight @ Wednesday, March 26th 2008, 2:23 PM
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Thanks Vere, Swan, Igiveup and Dante
horsefeather @ Friday, March 28th 2008, 11:51 AM
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This is incredible Grafight! I love how you've maintained a realistic portrait but added all those great colors. I especially like the blue across his body.. makes it look like hes in on stage or something. I've also always enjoyed Santana's music as my dad is a fan of him.
KuteDymples @ Monday, March 31st 2008, 7:36 PM
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You nailed his likeness so well that I can't stop coming back to this picture. But I do have to admit the colors are my absolute favorite in this draw. I wish you the best of luck in this competition. Your short time here at Ginkgo has really brought out your awesome talent. Have you ever posted this on utube? If and when you do please let me know so I can go watch it. I spend a lot of my time there, and that is one of the reasons I chose this jam.....my love of music and art. I had to find a way to combine the two.
Meno @ Friday, April 11th 2008, 10:20 AM
This looks exactly how Santana's music sounds! WOW!
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Saturday, April 12th 2008, 12:17 AM
Splendid colors and they really make this perfect for Carlos. Great music comes from that guitar, no doubt. Very cool drawing, love this alot! I really love the shading of colors used all throughout this.
qtgillie @ Tuesday, April 15th 2008, 12:16 AM
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Love these colors and unique style here. Fabulous. Awesome guitar. Great lighting.
Dante @ Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 2:11 AM
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Grats with well deserve win on this.
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 2:58 AM
So vibrant and colorful. Congrats on taking 1st place...another great win.
Grafight @ Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 4:08 AM
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Thanks for the votes everyone! This was an amazing Jam, so good it spawned its own studio, so I congratulate Kute for the excellent idea. There were so many incredible entries, it's hard to believe I got first place, and all entrants are winners in my view, Congrats to all!
KuteDymples @ Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 4:56 AM
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I really have to hand it to you Grafight, when I seen this it blew me away and continues to do so whenever I look at it. Fantastic draw and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS! You are an amazing artist!
Suntan @ Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 6:39 AM
KUDOS, Grafight!! COngrats on a fantastic win! This is a beautiful piece and inspirational as well for this jam! wtg! :D
suzie @ Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 8:25 AM
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Hey Congratulations to you Grafight!! WTG, a really good winner!
I look forward to reading your choice of topic and guidelines to go with it for the next Jam..sooo exciting!

I also want to say congrats to you all too for making this jam one of the best we have ever had here! Its been amazing seeing all your ideas, your thoughts and inspiration have passed to all of us! Thanks :D
elly @ Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 10:59 AM
ConGratulaTions, GraFighT!!!!!! This SO TOTALLY deserves first place!!!!!! I have a print of this now in a frame the same shade as the blue behind his head. Looks awesome!!!! We're ready for your challenge now!! WoooHooo!
Xina54 @ Sunday, May 4th 2008, 3:02 PM
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Congratulations - very well deserved!
I'm with Dante on this one
&quot;I really enjoy his two collabs with Chad Kroeger.. especially the latest Into the night very good song.&quot;
- and I'm not Canadian . . .
grace @ Sunday, May 4th 2008, 5:37 PM
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Congratulations, Grafight. I am still in love with this piece of work after looking at it about 100 times. It's so joyous and reflective of the music he makes. Think I'll put on &quot;Smooth&quot; now and cha cha cha around the house. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the next Jam!
Miss Q @ Wednesday, May 7th 2008, 9:25 AM
Congrats! Great Painting and wonderful subject! : )
Meno @ Tuesday, May 13th 2008, 10:27 AM
A very belated congrats!


[50] Artist: Swandieve | Title: Mist | Time: 1h 7m
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Swandieve @ Wednesday, March 3rd 2010, 5:02 PM
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1st Place Ginkgo Jam #14 - Congratulations!

..lol, this one's just a minute longer than the one I did below. I guess I know what my drawing limit is!
Suntan @ Thursday, October 18th 2007, 9:26 PM
Stunning piece and now I changed my mind..I quit! lol.
elly @ Thursday, October 18th 2007, 10:08 PM
You better not quit, Sunny...now get to work! =)

My head is just spinning at this beauty!! Reflection and brillant light! Now that's what I'm talkin' about! The foggy mist here is breathtakingly realistic with the rays from the sun and the trees along the top have a beautiful oil or acrylic look to them. I like the reed silhouettes and their reflections but if I may, I'd like to see just a tiny hint of water surface highlight where the water line meets the reeds. Very subtle and I think it would have a big impact. This is classic beauty! =)
Swandieve @ Thursday, October 18th 2007, 10:09 PM
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mmm, Suntan... heh. I don't like it when people say that-- I don't want to make people feel uhhh .. unworthy? Of entering the jam. So saying that makes me not want to draw my best. I just want to see everybody try their best, and realize we're all at different levels-- it will take me years to get to Grace's position, and by then she'll be years ahead of me, and I can never catch up.

I like to think that my draws *inspire* people, not discourage them.
Swandieve @ Thursday, October 18th 2007, 10:09 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion elly! :D
Suntan @ Thursday, October 18th 2007, 10:44 PM
ohh, well, gosh, you have to admit that these awesome entries are just popping in like crazy and at that moment i just threw up my hands and said, &quot;I quit!&quot; Haven't you ever had something happen to you and you get all crazy and do that and laugh at yourself shaking your head??!! Maybe not, but I have it happen a lot! ha! ...I really wasn't thinking so deeply. It was a spontaneous reflex or something! lol..i dunno, but Look how inspiring your work has been already! I haven't seen us this excited about a Jam in a while! I can't stop looking at the pieces of work! Pay no attention to me, and my weird humor! I have one started and I'll see how it goes! :)
grace @ Thursday, October 18th 2007, 11:59 PM
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There's so much I love about this that I don't know where to start. One of my favourite photos I've ever taken looks almost identical to the top portion of this picture. It's from a very special beach/forest where I used to camp a lot on the Olympic Peninsula. I LOVE what you've done where the light hits the water. But the part that makes me go &quot;oooooooooh!&quot; is where the reflection of the reeds in the water is broken by the gentle current. And, as always, I am so in awe of your use of colour. I love looking at light on water and this particular state where the water is highly reflective, luminous/opalescent and opaque is my absolute favourite. We were sitting around the dinner table last weekend when the entire area of Boundary Bay turned the most outlandish shade of raspberry. I WISH I'd taken a photo.

I keep coming back to look at this. I have to disagree with Elly about the need for a defining line of light at the water's edge. I really like the mystery/disorientation created by the mist rising from the water and obscuring the line between water, mist, land. I also just adore the way you've drawn the trees and the dark colours you chose to lay into the forested area where you knew you would be pulling them out with the dodge tool. There's a lovely almost-rainbow effect with the light that is perfect for that prismatic thing that happens in early morning when bright sunlight hits wet foliage.

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KuteDymples @ Thursday, October 25th 2007, 2:46 PM
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What an incredible drawing Swannie! The colors are amazing and the lighting on this is stunning. I adore this drawing.
suzie @ Thursday, November 8th 2007, 1:56 PM
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I've lost count of the times I have now sat and watched the animation on this. I am in awe watching you create the sunlight blinding its way through the trees and then you change the opacity on that layer to make it misty..so many times you do this, so you get it just right..its almost like a training video for me, thanks for that.

Stunning image, and work..love this Swan :D
grace @ Monday, November 19th 2007, 11:48 AM
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I'm so glad this piece won. I wish you could feel what I feel when I look at this. Looking at it can transport me so completely to a time and place in my life that is so unique and special to me; a place of powerful spirituality and beauty.
suzie @ Tuesday, November 20th 2007, 12:37 PM
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Congratulations Swan, I truly love to look at this. What beautiful light display intermingled with mist, its glorious! :D


[101] Artist: Igiveup | Title: Demon of Fiddlers | Time: unknown
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Igiveup @ Wednesday, March 3rd 2010, 5:01 PM
Now, before you tell me his hands look rather odd... I know :)

Nicoḷ Paganini had a congenital disorder by the name of Ehlers-Danlos' syndrome, characterized by excessive flexibility of the joints. His wrists were so loose that he could move them in all directions and he was able to double the reach of his hand. It was this pathology that enabled Paganini to perform his famous double-stoppings and roulades; his trills of ease were trills of disease. He would typically compose pieces that only he could play, which made him slightly unpopular with his contemporaries.To add to his strange appearance he had a peculiar coloration of his skin as a result of the mercury that was prescribed to him for his syphilis.

As if his looks alone weren't weird enough, Paganini also had some strange habits. One of them was to go and play for his favourite audience, a silent one, at night with a cemetery as his stage. For these occassions he chalked his face.

Even nowadays, with advanced techniques, there are few violinists that can play Paganini's music well. Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin and Kristof Barati are exceptional.Nigel Kennedy should be able to play Paganini, but unfortunately hasn't so far. You may not want to take my word for it, but this is music from heaven. You can judge for yourself here http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf34Wzn-GUY&amp;feature=related and here http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=Dagrn_9V4jE

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grace @ Friday, March 21st 2008, 2:12 PM
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Oh my god! Watching Kristof Barati play that Concerto was unlike anything I've ever seen. His fingers must be twice the length of mine. The speed and dexterity are stupendous. I have to admit I love the sounds that Menuhin achieves more--so lyrical.

I've had gooseflesh for five minutes looking at this drawing of yours. Wow, Tess. An incredible piece of artwork and a wonderful biographical sketch to go with it. I had a friend (my mother's age) who was a child prodigy and had a similar physical deformity that allowed her to play the bassoon in a way that almost no one else could. She played with the Portland Symphony for 35 years and was the first woman to hold First Chair in a major symphony orchestra 'west of the Mississipi'. She studied at Julliard during WW II, nearly starving and freezing in order to do so. She told me so many amazing stories about famous musicians, composers, and conductors she'd worked with during her long career. My favourite, though, was one she did not tell; her son told it. When she played the bassoon solo in Stravinsky's 'Firebird Suite' while he was conducting the orchestra, he stepped to the side of his podium and bowed, deeply, to her.
vere @ Saturday, March 22nd 2008, 6:17 AM
Wow, that is some serious texture. Really great piece, Igiveup. I love the violin and those freaky hands. The sky is super.

Very good job!
Xina54 @ Saturday, March 22nd 2008, 4:55 PM
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I suppose if one suffers from a deformity, using it to this effect must make up for it. His music is sublime and your drawing encapsulates his eccentricity and his genius . . .
Thank you for directing me to that clip - the violinist is amazing! I only saw him open his eyes four or five times throughout the whole piece. I thought his 'expressionless' face was detachment but as I continued watching I realised it was a kind of rapture.
Grafight @ Saturday, March 22nd 2008, 7:46 PM
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This is a wonderful illustration! I like expressionist art and this is a great example. I love the textures and the mood of the whole piece. I also like how the composition elements seem to float and dance around to the music over the darkness. Great job!
Igiveup @ Sunday, March 23rd 2008, 9:04 AM
Thank you all for your nice comments! Grace, I'm afraid I have to disagree with you here. Yehudi Menuhin plays the violin beautifully, his technique is absolutely wonderful, but in my opinion Kristof Barati does Paganini's music more justice. The way he renders the ingenious originality and complexity of it is beyond words.
Suntan @ Wednesday, March 26th 2008, 2:45 PM
Spectacular!! I absolutely love this, Tess!! I had no idea who he was and I'm so glad to know now. All I can say is more WOWs. This is so good on so many levels! WTG! :D
KuteDymples @ Monday, March 31st 2008, 7:33 PM
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This is eerily incredible. It reminds me of some of the dreams (nightmares) I have had. Your textures are so well placed and the colors are perfectly used in this piece. Unfortunately I really don't like his music, but I have never been one for violin music or instrumentals. I guess I am just not classy enough to understand or &quot;get into&quot; it. Same as for Opera. Just not my cup of tea. But this picture is ingenious and so well done and so very interesting to look at. Bravo!!
Meno @ Friday, April 11th 2008, 10:17 AM
You couldn't make this stuff up! He sounds like something out of a Tim Burton movie! Fantastic.
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Sunday, April 20th 2008, 10:47 PM
Look at those long fingers. I love the violin and can almost hear the music playing. Very cool background too.


[113] Artist: vere | Title: Call It Off | Time: 2h 51m
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vere @ Wednesday, March 3rd 2010, 5:00 PM
Last one, I promise.

Tegan and Sara have become a mild obsession of mine. They serve as something I can relate to: they're artists, feminists, lesbians. I look to them as a source of power when I feel so powerless to help those closest to my heart. They inspire the need to capture something in my drawings of people-their faces and jaws are strange and I often struggle while I draw them, but this ultimately helps me become a better artist.

They struck a chord in me when I heard them the first time, and they continue to do so.
KuteDymples @ Saturday, March 29th 2008, 12:04 AM
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Vere, these keep getting better and better. I like the way she is looking and the other is biting her lip. Looks like some tension going on. The flowers are really nice, what a contrast.
grace @ Saturday, March 29th 2008, 2:57 PM
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I've been studying this for about 20 minutes. I'm in awe. The way you can draw the complex shape of the mouth area, the entire thing, upper lip, lips, chin...it's so beautiful. The way you've mastered the use of the paintbrush tool is so, so wonderful. For my taste you have achieved the perfect balance of detail and suggestion. The expressions are so strong. This is just brilliant. Bravo!
Igiveup @ Sunday, March 30th 2008, 4:13 AM
Wow, another excellent one Vere! I love the style you got going on these (I think the second is still my favourite though).
Suntan @ Sunday, March 30th 2008, 8:36 PM
WOW, I love reading what Grace had to say about this, vere. It made me look and look. I already know what your attention to the facial structure is of these two faves of yours, but I never thought of it in the way she stated it. Puts me more in awe. Beautiful work. :)
Meno @ Friday, April 11th 2008, 8:09 AM
The colors and expressions are intense .... fabulous!
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Sunday, April 20th 2008, 10:39 PM
Really nice skin tones here. And the lips are done so nicely. They look so good against the flowers. Those eyes looking upward say a lot.


[225] Artist: grace | Title: Who Am I? | Time: 3h 27m
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grace @ Wednesday, March 3rd 2010, 4:58 PM
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Don't ask Lancôme. They forgot me when I turned 40.

She has an identical twin sister who is a professor. Her bio is very interesting; it's hard to believe one person could do so many things:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Rossellini
ptrice @ Saturday, July 19th 2008, 7:50 PM
Gorgeous, Grace So well done! - Isabella Rossellini -
grace @ Saturday, July 19th 2008, 7:55 PM
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Woo Hoo! We snagged another player! Well done, Ptrice! Your turn.
Suntan @ Saturday, July 19th 2008, 7:57 PM
yes, very very beautiful.
grace @ Saturday, July 19th 2008, 8:00 PM
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I'm like Vere with Sara and Tegan when it comes to Isabella R. I never get tired of drawing her face.
Suntan @ Saturday, July 19th 2008, 8:28 PM
oh, well, that's great for everyone then, because seeing more like this would be an exceptional treat to my eyes. Everything about this is perfection.
Meno @ Saturday, July 19th 2008, 8:32 PM
Stunning, Grace .... gorgeous! Isabella has a great face ... not only pretty but it sparkles with intelligence and good humor. A masterful job, m'dear!
KuteDymples @ Saturday, July 19th 2008, 8:50 PM
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Wowzer! She is fantastic, right down to her golden earring. I don't know if her highlights in her hair are my favorite thing or the lighting of the whole piece. But needless to say I am enamored with this draw.
qtgillie @ Sunday, July 20th 2008, 12:59 AM
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This is so beautiful. The colours are exceptional. I love the touch of freckles on her skin. Just saw her in a movie the other day, she is so gorgeous and talented, as her mother was. Grace, you achive the most beutiful skin colors. I have tried and never come up with this ivory delight! Those red lips are superb and your blending as usual is perfect. Bravo!
StGeorgeOfEngland @ Sunday, July 20th 2008, 4:23 AM
I have no idea who she is, even though she has been guessed. Her face seems familiar but not one I could name. A famous mum too? That would make her one of the 1960's starlets. Again I have no idea. Lovely pic tho'. Those eyes are amazing.
Opium @ Sunday, July 20th 2008, 9:02 AM
good god, that hair....absolutely stunning! You never fail to impress me :) I just love all the highlights in everything!
qtgillie @ Sunday, July 20th 2008, 9:05 AM
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Her mum was the &quot;Notorious&quot; Ingred Bergman!
emigre @ Sunday, July 20th 2008, 9:27 AM
WOW bravo ! a very good portrait !! :D because the model is pretty ! ;) lol not like the one just above :P
Kathy @ Sunday, July 20th 2008, 9:49 AM
She has gorgeous skin. I love all those details like the freckles on her shoulder, chest, and face. Beautiful job on her hazel eyes too. She would be proud if she saw this, I am sure! Fantastic Grace, as always!
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Sunday, July 20th 2008, 11:29 PM
Amazing Grace. I love the fire orange highlights throughout her hair with those curls in the back. Look at her bone structure wow. And then those freckles on the skin, what detail you put in your drawings. Her eyes are beautiful and those lips are so well done. She is beautiful, love her features, but that hair is gorgeous.
Roytje @ Monday, July 21st 2008, 5:34 PM
I love her nose. It's so well formed.
Xina54 @ Tuesday, July 22nd 2008, 1:02 AM
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Instantly recogniseable - I can almost hear that beautiful accent. Now this is what I aspire to - such a perfect rendition of her features.
suzie @ Wednesday, July 23rd 2008, 9:17 AM
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Gorgeous strong nose and cheekbones! I also really love her red and bronze highlights..simple lovely work. Her Salt Cellars are gorgeous grace. :D
Igiveup @ Saturday, July 26th 2008, 3:51 AM
Amazing drawing yet again. The hair is fantastic, lovely eyes and earring as well, it's just perfect.


[257] Artist: emigre | Title: November 3d : floods on Marseille, France | Time: 39m 2s
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StGeorgeOfEngland @ Monday, November 3rd 2008, 7:35 AM
Aww you had the rain like we did. Some parts over here were badly affected too. Good job I live on a big hill. If I evr get flooded, everyone else better be buying snorkels.

Great details in this Emi, as usual. I like the lamplight effect too.
Meno @ Monday, November 3rd 2008, 7:37 AM
Emi, I could look at your work all day :)
STARZSHINE @ Monday, November 3rd 2008, 12:12 PM
Great drawing Emi! this is superb! You always do great cityscapes and this is no exception! The monochromatic color scheme is great too, love it!
grace @ Monday, November 3rd 2008, 4:22 PM
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I wish I could look at the world through your eyes for a day. I love the unusual perspectives you use in your compositions so much. The colours and lighting in this, the movement...wonderful!
StGeorgeOfEngland @ Monday, November 3rd 2008, 5:52 PM
I taught her all she knows.

Hehe. Thats an old joke with Emi and I.
sparky7 @ Monday, November 3rd 2008, 6:12 PM
This is such an awesome painting....I love it. This looks like what a painting should look like....I only wish that I could learn to paint like this. You did a fantastic job with this "Emigre". :)
gel_o @ Monday, November 3rd 2008, 6:52 PM
Remarkable work emi. This is really awesome.
emigre @ Tuesday, November 4th 2008, 12:40 PM
thank you :) very much :) all :)
Suntan @ Wednesday, November 5th 2008, 8:47 PM
This is just outstanding! :D
qtgillie @ Thursday, November 6th 2008, 12:06 AM
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you absolutely amaze me dear lady. I agree with everything Grace said and more!
smws @ Saturday, November 8th 2008, 7:17 PM
Nice loose style, nice color combinations. Stay dry.
Miss Q @ Sunday, November 9th 2008, 9:12 AM
Wonerful Picture! the roads get like that here alot and I was driving that car one day! The engine almost died it was scary!
TheManInWhite @ Tuesday, November 11th 2008, 6:08 AM
Another fantastic draw Emi! :D I have to admit, I like seeing your draws for your superb talent, as much as I like to read other people's comments on your draws. I've walked in "your world" and seen what you've seen, but I don't think I could ever translate it to "paper" as well as you can Emi! You are certainly one of a kind, and I'll continue to enjoy your unique perspective on the world in all of your drawings! :) Bravo! :D
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Thursday, November 13th 2008, 6:08 AM
Beautiful drawing, Emi. Always an interesting drawing from you. That is a big ole splash. The car is engolfed in water, wow. Love the drawing.
BabsBlueEyes @ Sunday, November 23rd 2008, 12:42 AM
Very good work emi. Thans Guy for teaching emi all she knows. We benifit greatly from both of your efforts.:P
ptrice @ Thursday, November 27th 2008, 12:34 PM
Emi, you are a wonder - didn't see this 'til now but it's an instant favorite....!


[276] Artist: qtgillie | Title: Floating Ginkgo | Time: 28m 53s
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qtgillie @ Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 2:04 PM
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Please Don't Sink....
jpjp1052 @ Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 2:06 PM
Wonderful drawing. I hope they don't sink.
Meno @ Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 2:14 PM
Now I'm going to have a little cry, I think. Lovely and so fitting, Laura.
StGeorgeOfEngland @ Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 2:44 PM
Nice work Gillie but I fear too late.

Well, seeing as we won't be voting on this times jam here are my three in order and why.

Meno, my dear comedy buddy, you get my first place because of the sentiment you put into the drawing. The story never reached here but we have enough crazy b's of our own. The look in that sweet childs eyes is so beautiful. I am with Rogier on my sentiment to her murderers.

Secondly I chose the Pearl Harbour (sorry, habitual U in there) because we should always remember the brave and unselfish souls that gave us our freedom today. The fight goes on with new heroes giving democracy and salvation to others less fortunate than us.

Thirdly, and this is purely personal, is Suntans WTC picture. I was fortunate to be able to visit and get onto the top of the WTC in 1983. Looking at my photographs still sends a shiver down my spine. A sad day for the world.

Thats me done. Well done winners. Take a bow.
sparky7 @ Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 3:18 PM
This is very pretty. My favorite pick for the number one jam winner is the floods on Marseille, France....by Emigre. I've liked that picture from the first time I saw it. I think all of the pictures entered here are great....but I was just drawn to that particular picture....the way that "Emi" painted that picture....I just love it. :)
Meno @ Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 6:09 PM
Thank you, Guy :) If I had to choose only three (very difficult!) it would be Emi's Mumbai cafe; jpjp's Pearl Harbor Survivor, and Gillie's FG. But all of the draws were filled with emotion and meaning.

Oh, this is so sad.


[273] Artist: Miss Q | Title: Winter Storms | Time: 1h 13m
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Miss Q @ Saturday, December 20th 2008, 6:05 PM
A worker shovels snow as the storm hits Chicago Illinois early friday.December 19, 2008.
sparky7 @ Saturday, December 20th 2008, 7:40 PM
This is a really great draw!!! I like how you did this!! I think my area will soon be getting a snowfall like this one....I hope not....but I think it's "coming"!!! "LOL"!! :)
Meno @ Saturday, December 20th 2008, 10:00 PM
My sympathies! Have never shoveled anything but dirt and sand (snow being in short supply in Florida), but I've heard horror stories from my Yankee husband. This is a terrific draw and it LOOKS cold!
BabsBlueEyes @ Saturday, December 20th 2008, 11:41 PM
MY KIDS WOULD BE JUMPING FOR JOY IF WE COULD HAVE A SNOW LIKE THIS. VERY NICELY DONE.
StGeorgeOfEngland @ Sunday, December 21st 2008, 5:34 PM
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! SNOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

If only we had some here. Mind you, we are really crappy at handling snow. A half inch brings England to a halt. It's quite pathetic.
ptrice @ Wednesday, December 24th 2008, 4:49 PM
This is cute, Miss Q - so alive!!!
Miss Q @ Saturday, December 27th 2008, 9:04 PM
Yeah rough winter with loads of snow so far.Drive carefully everyone!
REECREATIVEDESIGNS @ Sunday, December 28th 2008, 11:52 AM
Love the street scene and boy it reminds me of MI where we were dumped with tons of snow in a short time. It is really beautiful to look at such as this drawing. Not fun to drive in...love all the people walking and the prints in the snow of it. Very nice!


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