Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Illustration Friday: Play

Cat's Cradle

I created a diorama of sorts using a shadow box picture frame. I hand painted the kitties, made a star stamp to create the night sky, and cut and glued paper. To give a dimensional look, I used cardboard spacers in between the elements for a natural drop shadow. I also glued parts of the tree and shrub on different planes to give a feeling of depth. When it was all done, I digitally added shadows and high lights!

Want to know more about cat's cradle string games? I did a little research and found these websites: Answers.com, World Wide Webs, and From the Pool to the Cradle. Enjoy!

16 comments:

Alina Chau said...

HA!!HA! beautiful. That was one of my favourite childhood games!!

Ellen said...

Such a lovely piece! Well worth the work that went into it!

dahlgirl said...

great night atmosphere. i love the game-playing cats.

Andrew Thornton said...

Such a cute illustration! I love that the cats are playing cat's cradle. Nice touch of humor.

Carol said...

hehe..what a fun idea! great job.

HARDWAX said...

First I love the idea-so imaginative, and beautiful artwork and design. I think the shawdow box with the layering of trees and shrup give this piece an even stronger appeal. Excellent work!

Michele Melcher Illustration said...

Love it!

scribblesk said...

What a fun and well done scenario!

Natura said...

Ha, ha lovely cats!

untamechildofnature said...

Very nicely done!

IdiotHead said...

I remember the string games being popular when I was in grade school. The ones I remember were Cat's Cradle, Witche's Broom, and Jacob's Ladder. Great illustration and nice take on 'play'.
8^)

Marion said...

Don't know the game, but the illo is nice.

albina said...

A amazing illustration – just love the scene and the white/black cat… Wonderful feeling of the puppet theater with layered background. Real treat!

carla said...

This is such a great idea, and i love how you've illustrated it! Those cats are the best!

Kathy Weller said...

oh, this is so much fun. I love it!!!!!

JoE said...

that is awesome!