Friday, June 10, 2005

Illustration Friday-SUMMER



Woo Hooo! It's SUMMER! How convenient that this week's "Illustration Friday" theme coincides with a drawing I began a few weeks back. Due to tight and endless deadlines the drawing sat unattended far too long and the front page of my website remained spring-themed past Memorial Day!! The horror!! Thank you, Illustration Friday Peeps-- for inspiring me to finish this, update my webpage and to welcome in the Summer too!

Actually, this illustration is three-fold. I love to swim and the neighborhood pool doesn't open for lap swim until June 18. I've been calling Burbank Parks and Recreation for months begging them to open the pools early. But NO! They would have nothing to do with it. So, while I wait for the pool to open, I continue to eat cheese and all-things-bad but imagine that I will quickly get back in shape the moment they open the gates again. ;0) So, ok...the drawing serves as a reminder to get my butt to the pool...JUNE 18th! No excuses.

The third reason for this illustration...or, really the background on it: I was a swimmer for the better part of my childhood and teens. Not exceptional in any way...a steady second placer. I lived across the street from a public, olympic sized pool and I had HUGE crushes on a couple of the local lifeguards. OH, they were so HOT... beautiful surfer types with lean, tan bodies (tan was "in" during the 80's) and I could not resist oogling over them every chance I could. Ahhhh, those teen years.

Does it look like she's in love with a foot or do you "get" that it's a lifeguard??!

27 comments:

Alison Ashwell said...

I looks like she's totally bowled over by the life guard. Great illo!

ven said...

Great pic, Paige, I only think it could be a little bit warmer in terms of colours, more "summery", you know... other than that, I love the look she (you?) has towards the lifeguard. Really cute!

Liselotte said...

Oh my... she's crazy about the life guard, I think ;-)

This is very delicate. I love the colors you have chosen :-)

atomicvelvetsigh said...

hehe this is cute! summer crush...puppy luv... lol

Ward Jenkins said...

I definitely get that she's hot for lifeguard! But even if she was digging his feet, I'm sure lifeguard feet are far more sexier than regular guy's feet, am I right?

Excellent illustration, Paige! The girl's a cutie. If i was that lifeguard (yeah, right--in another lifetime), I'd totally dig her.

paige said...

thanks, guys and gals!!
ven: good point in that I should maybe have used brighter colors. But since I'd started this drawing before the theme was posted...I just kinda kept to my orig. palette. I imagine a nice yellow or pink sky would have worked nicely. Hmm, maybe next drawing?!
Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful as always. I like that she is standing a bit outside the background, it makes the illustration interesting.

wynlen
wynleDesign

Steve said...

It's cute! I just love the expression on her face. Good job.

Marianne said...

I can't imagine a lifeguard who can resist those eyes ... she is such a cute character! I also like the composition of this illustration. Great illustration!

Anonymous said...

I love this...so much how I remember summers when I was in high school...great job!

violetismycolor

Lisa Sonrisa said...

I love this illo! I was a swimmer all through high school, so I always had crushes on the refs for the swim meets and the waterpolo meets... not to mention the upperclassmen swimmers!

penelope said...

Oh, I love this illo. Nice colors!
I can tell she's in love with the lifeguard.

Roz said...

Oh yes, definitely comes across that she is doe-eyed over the lifeguard. I can feel the breeze from the batting eyelashes from here! teehee...cute cute cute.

bubi said...

Thanks for stopping by! i luv ur illo/drawing very much, and admire ur talent :D

paige said...
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paige said...

I love so much hearing from you guys, thank you!!

Where have all those lifeguards gone? I guess they're still around...just WAY too young (for me) now. booooooo.hooooo.

Roz: I love your wit.."feel the breeze from the batting eyelashes" he he! *Nice idea for someone to really illustrate that. You?

bubi, love your stuff too. I sent out a couple e-cards from your site. Fun and adorable work. Love it all!

momo said...

yes, i could imagine a very handsome lifeguard...=)

steve said...

Awesome!!! Paige as always your the Queen of illustration!
-Steve

Becky said...

Just saw this for the first time - I absolutely love it! I worked in the concession stand at our local pool when I was 15- 16, and I know EXACTLY what you mean about the lifeguards - such memories! This is really lovely - I love her face, and the colors; to die! And yep, I get the lifeguard thing. This is a fitting piece to grace the cover of your site, which was also new to me, and which is instantly one of my favorites! Nice stuff!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I totally love all your illustrations! Are they watercolours or airbrush or what? They have a real sense of vibrancy!

Samalah

pinky said...

i love this 1 its so cute

Kato said...

Very cute, she looks like she might swoon. God thing there's a lifeguard nearby. ;)

Meridith said...

I love your pictures!

widow said...

Love your drawings. Are they for sale?

FreeLancer said...

Yup...she's definitely crazy about the lifeguard...BTW: Is he looking back at her??? Just wondering.

grandma said...

All this talk about lifeguards! He must be really something!

grandma said...

yes, I was young once!