Saturday, 22 January 2011

Wishin and Hopin...

Lightbulb moments have been prevalent in this house today for, not only have we been watching Despicable Me... where the master villain utters utters this phrase repeatedly - but I had one myself. Clearly, watching kids' films is great for the Muse.

There I was ruminating over the Illustration Friday theme - dusty. I just didn't know what to do with myself. My mind wandered into old book shops with wizened old men sitting on stools in the corner surrounded by piles of dusty volumes... I dreamt of vintage bottles of vin rouge gathering a murky outside coating in the cellars of French Chateaux. I even contemplated sketching something in the dust on the TV. Until, at last the Muse rapped on the back of my eyelids then started singing something into the windmills of my mind. I think she was rather wishin and a hopin that I'd listen. She knows I'll try anything and, given that my weekly Sunday Sketch is beginning to have a theme of boundary pushing, then an attempt at an accurate portrait seemed perfect.

Have you guessed who it is yet? Does it look remotely like her?

Hmm, given the first batch of comments, I'm wondering if perhaps her fame didn't spread quite as far around the world as I'd thought!

Another clue? Well, I was listening to her songs on my iPod while I sketched her which was really rather wonderful. She serenaded me as (an approximation of) her face slowly appeared on the page. It is of course, Dusty Springfield!

39 comments:

  1. Does the word Dusty at the bottom of your sketch help........and 'wishing and hoping' come into it???? Yep I guess I know who it is.......lol Annette x

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  2. She is beautiful even if I don't know who she is. You are really getting good at this! Is this the goddess you said you were working on?
    I love Despicable Me... My favorite phrase is the youngest girl yelling "it's so fluffy".

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  3. Well. I am guessing it looks like you? But..you have never shown one little picture of yourself on your blog so..how would I know? Is it you?

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  4. I am thinking Dusty Springfield the singer, a nice likeness.

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  5. Wonderful image of a soulful singer!

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  6. Wonderfully done... I vote for Dusty Springfield... how'd you get her to model in so much dust? :)

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  7. i have totally no idea! not that i know a lot of celebs :) tho i love the colors you used on her ... llara agrees too :)

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  8. yes! Got it straight away - whoo for you! Hope you are well :) doing a sunday morning catch up!

    A.x

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  9. I knew who she was straight away! This is a fantastic portrait and a great idea I do love your style!!! Brilliant piece!

    Oh and Chaplin!?! How cool is that ;0) xoxo

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  10. Yes, Dusty Springfield! of course.

    she came to my mind when is saw IF's prompt, and I though I must name my character of the week after here! ha ha ha.

    I LOVE how you did her hair!!!!! she's beautiful! enjoy your sunday, lisa. xxoo

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  11. ~it's so fluffy i could die" has been running its course in our home as well for weeks now!!! our littlest call the little minions "corn pops!!!" once more you have sketched yourself a beautiful piece...her eyes are quite lovely...be well and much love light and blessings be with you and yours~

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  12. You did a wonderful job with her. Love her hair. I never heard of her though.

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  13. Ha, I knew it her before I got to the end of the post. My first thought was lovely portrait, the hair reminded me of how we wore our hair in the sixties and then you mentioned wishin and hopeing and I knew. You did a wonderful job, really caught her expression. It is funny I have been toying with doing a portrait of an early actress, Marlene Dietrich, since I discovered we are distantly related.

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  14. "Light bulb !"
    The Muse come in so many forms when we have our eyes and our artist heart's open to her.
    David and I are always among the first in line for new good kid movies, even though we have no kids for chaperones to the theater ! I think we both had to grow up quickly and the ability to revisit childhood and fun is very, very good for us. We adored "Despicable Me !" I think I have a lot of "Agnes" in me!;)"It's so fluffy I could die !" is one of my favorite movie lines now !
    Enjoy your Muse and your adventures together, Talented One !

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  15. nice portrait of Dusty Springfield. Not everyone can do portraits, including me.

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  16. Wonderful... As soon as I read the title of your post I had the song in my head! Great idea and lovely execution :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  17. A really great sketch of Dusty. I like the way you ended up drawing her and not items covered in dust.....just shows your imagination.

    A great likeness too!

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  18. awesome sketch, even though I don't know her, and I loved Despicable Me!

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  19. oh this is such a clever piece....love it!!!! wonderful work as always!!!

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  20. That is so funny! Yes, kid's movies are great muses and you did a fantastic job of capturing Dusty's likeness.

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  21. wonderful portrait! Such great eyes and smile too!

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  22. The minute I saw the title of your post, I knew--I love Dusty Springfield!!!

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  23. LOL I guess you can guess everyone's age from this post!

    Excellent take on the word Dusty and fabulous portrait sketch!!!

    (I knew who she was btw)

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  24. Love your sketch. I've always loved Dusty, myself.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  25. I think you did an amazing job of capturing Dusty Springfield!! Wow! Lisa, you impress me more and more each week. :)

    Happy SS!

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  26. Of course it is she! You have done a wonderful job of capturing her...isn't her music wonderful? And as for me - I LOVE childrens' movies...they are the best!

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  27. I have such a hard time rendering hair and you've done it so well. wonderful portrait!

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  28. Great sketch - you did a great portrait here- and I love her voice! I have her on my ipod too!

    Smiles and hope you have a wonderful week!!!

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  29. AWESOME! That is so great you decided to draw her. Your artwork becomes more wonderful every time I visit and I noticed the great tones you used in her hair!

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  30. Thats a pretty good one of Dusty

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  31. I have no idea who she was until I googled it. :) the portrait looks just like her. Great job! :)

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  32. Yes I got it in one. Lovely work.xx

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  33. I enjoyed the dusty journey through the windmills of your mind. Must admit I had no dreaming idea who your sketch depicted, but found her quite charming! Nice work, Lisa!

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  34. cool sketch.. learn sketching?

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  35. Wow, I wish I could draw like you - fabulous!

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  36. Great work Lisa! Your Dusty is terrific!

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