Monday, October 05, 2009

Illustration Friday-GERMS!!!!

germ, n. A pathogenic microorganism; something that may serve as the basis of further growth or development: the germ of a project;

The first thing that sprang to mind was something that causes disease. And every day I look at the news and see that our world is diseased… too many people in this world claim to speak for God… claiming that their way is THE way… but it isn't just the radical Muslims spreading their poison, although we see their terror most visibly… we are almost all guilty of it… every time we judge another… every time we point our fingers… every time we turn our backs… every time we put ourselves first… every day…

John Steinbeck said “A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.” Too true. Life is moving way too fast… everyone feels it… we all need to slow down and think about the repercussions of our actions… take the time to see who we pass on the street… say hello to the stranger… smile… and let that be the germ that spreads… try it… you'll see…

16 comments:

Gai said...

Very deep thoughts. powerful illustration of germs. Spreading a useful thought or idea, a smile is a good start to any day. Amongst all the germs the media like to spread of negativity lets hold out hope and look for the exceptions. I'm off to work with a smiling germ to spread.

ArtSparker said...

Good post - I like the loose sketchy style - The native Americans used consensus to reach agreement, which meant that everything happened slower and...not so much.

Teri C said...

What a great and thoughtful illo!!!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! THIS AWESOMEEEEEEEEEE!!!! How insightful! This has made my day for sure. How brilliant you are! Such a great read as well. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes!

Tessa said...

What a truly excellent post and a pertinent, beautifully executed illo. I'm in awe! Bravo.

Katherine L. White said...

This is an inspiring piece. Very well done. I've wanted to work on some meaningful pieces that really rock the core of injustice. Absolutely motivating and well thought out!

Michael O'Connell said...

Thank you all for the kind words… I went with this style after reading the IF blog post about Stuart Immonen… and I liked it… so… loose sketchy, style in 10 minutes or less… I spent more time on the research and coloring than I did on the illo…

Adam Foster-Fahy said...

Interesting contrasts. The illo seems militant, angry and jingoistic almost to the point of racism, but then your post describes a lovely philosophy of smiling at people and not being prejudiced. It made me look at the illo again and try and see it through different eyes.

I like the illo, loads of enrgy and the red splattery writing is great. Thanks for this entry, very cool!

Adam Foster-Fahy
www.AdamFF.com

Tomás Serrano said...

Very good. I like (always) your styles and the text. A pleasure each new appearance...

theartofpuro said...

Great illo and interesting post

Art Fan Ako said...

Like that quote from Steinbeck. Nice style!

Gavin Goo said...

Nice illustration style. Appreciate your sharing as well.

isay said...

powerful image!

get zapped said...

Excellent piece! I agree with your words too. Strong IF.

yoon see said...

Excellent! I always love coming here to appreciate your art!
Take care yeah!

navin deshpande said...

I fully agree with your views on terroriesm.We all must slow down and do introspection.