3.04.2005

Illustration Friday: Jazz



I can't tell you how excited I was to do this week's Illustration Friday theme. Jazz holds a very special place in my heart as Andrea and I both started listening to it during our first year dating. Lady Day, Ella, Louie, Bird and Monk became our new friends that rookie year, and as I took a Jazz History class in college, it further solidified my love for the artform.

Jazz is honest and pure. There's so much more I could write about it, but that would take a small eternity, and I wouldn't want to bore the socks off my entire audience. That is, if I haven't already.

30 comments:

  1. I like your composition style!

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  2. I agree with Elle, reminded me of Picasso's 'Three Musician's' ... modernised.

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  3. i like ur line presentation, strong and with power. Great work!

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  4. Nice line up & atmosphere! like it!

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  5. Your style is great and the composition is really well done, I like it =)

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  6. you really captured the movement and mood of jazz performing. Love your line work.:O)

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  7. Stunning ! Your line work, composition and color, just the "feel" to this piece have blown me away !! Bravo !!

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  8. This is so fine! Mellow, beautiful colors, great linework. What a great feeling this piece conveys.

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  9. I love your image, it really conveys the feelings that jazz can evoke.

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  10. ALL HAIL WARD JENKINS! KING OF THE THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY!
    Seriously, you own it. Great work!

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  11. Spectacular illustration!

    -janee www.trasler.typepad.com

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  12. Truly beautiful. Nice work!!!

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  13. I'm so honored guys. Thank you all for your kind words on my piece! Makes me all fuzzy inside....

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  14. I love this aptly titled "Jazz" artwork.

    The style and composition does evoke a sense of fluidity and improvisional transition among the musicians (from the smooth blending of lines and colours among the musicians) as in the true jazz artform.

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  15. Man...you really captured the essence of jazz, in my mind. This is too sweet. Way to go!

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  16. Wow wow wow, and you don't refer to yourself as an illustrator? Very nice composition, colors — everything!

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  17. Excellent work! Make a great club poster or cd cover. Love the colors and energy.

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  18. I really wish you had gone on talking bout that jazz because personally, I LOVE music, so there's no way you would have bored me. ^_~

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  19. An astonishing piece of art!

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  20. w00t!

    I would say more, but with 21 other people blowing you up I'm afraid your head may not fit through your computer room doorway any longer.

    Long live the pen! Or Chalk... or whatever.

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  21. reminds me of dave mckean's portrait of miles davis & what's his face.

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  22. I just happened to be listening to a little Charlie Parker as I happened across your post. I definitely feel this piece... I want it.

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  23. Keep 'em Coming. Very Inspiring!

    Wonder if one of your illustrations could go with one of my Piano pieces?

    Hmmm

    Ghost Notes

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  24. Hey Ward -

    Your stuff is so cool, all of it! I'm an Art major (Photography) at Western State College of CO (not real huge here, but we do alright) and I've learned to appreciate good stuff. And I love all of your daughter's posted pieces (way beyond CUTE!!!). Keep it up, you've provided a great spot for me to look at an art type I usually don't do myself.

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  25. Thanks AlixC, I try my best to find a style that's unique, and sometimes that's hard to do. I'm glad you like Ava's work as I'm her no. 1 fan. I try not to force art and drawing on her, so as not to make her sick of it. Thanks for stopping by and look forward to hearing more from you. Good luck in school!

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  26. That captures so much of what is GREAT about jazz....

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