Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Swan Lake



I decided to take another stab at the whole "Metropolitan" theme from last week's Illustration Friday. Just for fun. So here's she is, the same gal from the illustration below, at the Ballet. Perhaps this is even the same day...after her walk through the city. Of course, it could be the Opera or a theatre show she's attending...but I have a feeling she's there to see the classic "Swan Lake". I remember how much I loved seeing Swan Lake at the Paris Opera House in the late 80's....sitting under that amazing Chagall painting. Oh my, what an overwhelming delight that was.

I almost cried.

133 comments:

Ward Jenkins said...

And AGAIN, love this one, too!!!

And now, I must steal your brain. And your hand. Give me your creativity! Argh!

Love it! I love the background people, especially.

paige said...

Wholly Cow, Ward! I just posted this. You're quick. Let's just trade off brains and hands every other week or so. Ok?! I'd like that. Thanks for the awesome compliment.

Diseased Wits said...

Very nice. The earrings are oddly revealing and her expression is so much more genuine than those around her. The border treatment is a nice touch too. Judging by the reach of your work I guess I'll have to be a fan. Sorry.

MysticRebel said...

I love it, and the sweet thought behind the idea. Always seems to add so much. I'll be sure to come visit again.

k-girl said...

Hey there ... just dropped past your blog and wanted to say that i really enjoy your work. will definitely come back! cheers. k.

caliroll said...

Wow! You are immensely talented!!
Just beautiful.

thegamebrain said...

Much of my day job consists of graphics, page layout and design in general. And as a graphic artist with no graphical talent as an artist to speak of, wow. You put me to shame. Your work is great.

Love the lines in almost everything I've seen. High praises.

Rayne said...

Your illustrations are so sweet. They remind me of happy times when I was a little girl reading picture books by hoff et al.
I have just discovered your blog and enjoyed it so much I linked to it on my blog, which I probably should have asked about first, now that I think about it.

Anonymous said...

nice site :-D

Deirdre said...

I was just browsing and came across your blog...Love it...those drawings are wonderful!

R2K said...

:) Cool page!

Ryiannon said...

I love the drawing. In my head she is sitting in between her mum and dad. Maybe not what you pictured when you drew it. I hope I didn't over step.
She is that fresh cheery girl I lost some where along the way from 18 to 28.

Kactiguy said...

I like it more than the first one and I loved the first one. Great character. You make me want to see the rest of her day. I remember your early work from so long ago. You just keep getting better and better. Don't stop.

Alex said...

Someone needs hormone therapy!

bee'nme said...

Paige, she's just fabulous! I want to be her and you at the same time. You are ever so talented, and the fresh, fun and cheerful feeling of your illustrations has incredibly wide appeal. Kudos for making us all smile!!

holie said...

One work for u---> EXCELLENT!!
Your work is envious! I cant even properly draw a HEAD!! aarrgghh..
Last but not least.. do u take student?? heheh.. :)

Karlo said...

hi Paige! Ditto on what Holie said (do u take student??).

found your site through boingboing and i must say that i love that you're posting your work here.

couldn't find any info on your site, but do you do childen's book illustration as well?

Anonymous said...

I loved it! Its sooooooooooo fun and alive -
Thanks for sharing
M

Kristjan Hans said...

Nice pictures.. they have a good feel to them.

expressome said...

Your illustrations are extremely ALIVE! and brilliantly done.
wonderful work.

Dmitry Linkov said...

Superb work! Keep up going!

Kevin said...

great site, vibrate creations.

paige said...

WOWOWOWOW. Many thanks to ALL of you who've popped on over from BoingBoing.net! What a huge (and happy!) surprise that was.

To briefly answer a few of your questions:
1. I haven't done any children's books. YET. Most all the work I've done on my portfolio site and here has been non-paying work. Most all my paying work is "work for hire" and legally I cannot share it. OR it's other kind of design work I don't necessarily want to show. I do however DREAM of doing children's books and am working on some ideas now. Wish me luck!
2. Do I take students? Wow! What a nice compliment. If you have questions you can always email me and I'll do my best to answer. The more specific your questions the better I'm able to help ( I hope!!) I still feel very much like a student myself though...every day there is so much to learn from other artists, mentors and from making my own mistakes. Here's an excellent thread on Danny Gregory's blog "Everyday Matters" that I think should be required reading for any artist (or human, really) Go Here: http://www.dannygregory.com/weblog/archives/2005_07.html
and read "Slow=Know" on July 7th

Thanks again to all...you really made my day (month, etc)

wiSHEs&HEros said...

Love it!

Haruna said...

Your pictures are soooooo cute!! Amazing!!I like it:D
I like illustrating too.

Drazen said...

Great piece Paige! I love her face and the bg colours .
-drazen

midwest_hick said...

nice pic and site....how about a pic with the guy...to her right....with his hand on her......um.....heiny?....Imagine the expression she could have....lol....or maybe the current expression would work.

Storm said...

I love your art! It's amazing.

Anonymous said...

You are really amazing...and your drawings are nice too :)

You should have some tacos and chocolate with me sometime in LA.

Mr. Admirer

Uloo said...

Gee, this is so sweet and wonderful, Paige. I swear I actually saw the hands move! You're splendid.

lyn said...

Once again, a lovely piece of work .
Bravo !!

Ms. Mika said...

Paige, you really have talent! I see great things for you!

CraziMon said...

I happened to stumble across your site via BoingBoing. And I must say, you have a great gift. I'm in awe.

I'm your newest fan. :)

Jen said...

I love your illustrations! Really Cool!

Free_Ipod said...

great work. what software do you use if you use any.

bgb21 said...

Great work! I'm also interested in your medium choice and software use. As an architecture student representation is definitely important...and yours looks great! Can't wait to see more :)

reojames said...
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Roximoon said...

very nice.. I want to cry too.. My favorite was cats.. I just love cats.. the musical is just so great.. and the costume are so flamboyant.. lovely!

Tom said...

I love it.

vinny_v said...

Wow! Great stuff. I doodle all the time but no where near artistry and imagination. Love the cheerful colors and innocense that come across most of your doodles. You've inspired me. Glad I came across your blog. Perhaps I will commission you one of these day when it's the right project. Until then keep it up :)

the peregrine said...

You have boocoo talent! Keep up the good work.

The Orchestrator said...

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Mary Ann said...

The Kirov ballet corps dancing Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House in London for me and I'm sure I had the same blissjoywonder on my face.

Thank you for this moment

Gemini Eyes said...

I love this illustration. When I saw the post's title, "Swan Lake," and then scrolled down to view the illustration below it, I thought the two went perfectly hand-in-hand. The color of her dress, her blond hair, and her place between her parents were the images that struck me and connected well with its title.
I'm very impressed with this and the other illustrations in your blog :)

LadyBuggArtist said...

Simply fantastic! I am so glad to meet you (well, your work @ least). Keep them coming. Big fan.

Dennis

R2K said...

Ladybuggartist: you also have some cool pics like that!

:O)

You guys have a good set of pages here!

http://r2000.blogspot.com

nin said...

excellent ......there is nothing to say more......simply fantastic....

Curt said...

You've got awesome style. I think you'll get picked up by some major publications quite soon.

PaintMonster said...

WOW always sweetest!
I am surely your super big fun!!!
Moreover, I want to know what kind of work you are doing recently:)

BTW--did you send me a Email? If you already sent e-mail to me, possibly my PC deleted your mail automatically.
If possible, please send e-mail to me again. And please indicate your name in a subject name.
I persuade my PC!!
Thanks

Генри Уайльд said...

I love the artworks, really. Would you some day write some technical stuff I mean how do you draw, what software you use etc. For me as an artist too it's gonna be immensely interesting.

LudaChristian said...

Awesome work... truly stylish. Kudos!

pinky said...

i think its great i love ur creativity and i love the way u draw do u think u could make a picture for me and put it on ur blog plz i realy love ur im 13 and i love animals and fashion plz make me a pic i would greatly apreciate it thnkx

Slam said...

You got some serious Talent there Paige. Enjoyed your blog immensely.

pinky said...

i realy love ur work

paige said...

Yipes, I'm just not sure how to respond to all of your very, very kind words, other than to simply say....THANK YOU.

R2K said...

Very nice! :O)

http://r2000.blogspot.com

Minkey Girl said...

Cute :)

Boston Mike said...

I love your illustrations, I wish my boring blog had some color and some images to spice it up!

Oh well, nobody said politicians were supposed to be creative!

s3iwl!nG said...

hey.. am from m'sia and i LOVE your illustrations! simply GREAT!! makes me feel so happy just looking at it~! will definitely be visiting your page more often!good job!

Irene said...

I also found your site on BoingBoing and am just blown away. Your talent is amazing. I have bookmarked you so I can visit often and see your Friday pictures. I have a feeling this link by BoingBoing to your site is going to open many doors for you. I was recently at Disneyland and the artwork SHAG did for the 50th Anniversary reminds me of your retro work ... but I must say, I like your work better!!!

Neo said...

Have to say that picture rocks. The gal looks cute. Her face portrays joy. And the woman to her right... Grr.. Hate her. Makes me want to slap her right across her cheek with brute force. Lovely one though. Cheers...

iandean said...

I like your work...are you open to selling any of them?

funkysmell said...

Great art! Teach me!

superstarjo said...

I love your illustrations! I plan to write a children's book someday . . . do you do book illustrations?

Anne said...

Really enjoyed your blog and your pictures. Will keep checking from time to time!
xx

Plaisir du Jour said...

Just wanted to leave you a line..

your blog makes LA seem fun.

take care

Athena00181 said...

Your doodles aren't anything like mine! They're mostly scrawny looking cat like things and flowers. :)
Your doodles are lovely and I like your style and use of color. Great blog!

~Lil' Girl~ said...

cool illustrations! ;o]

Rog said...

Wow!

noah's dad said...

Uh... 71 comments?! People love them some Paige... myself included. Really nice illo. You have the ability to capture complete happiness in your illustrations. They make me smile.

Manjusha said...

She looks totally thrilled! :)

Nightingale said...

I just came accross your blog. I soo love it.

paige said...

Aw Paige, this is darling: the colors, the faces, the expressions. I'm a Paige too. :)

Vicki said...

Your work is wonderful. I look forward to experiencing it more.

MidAgeChick said...

Just dropped by your site and all I can get out is..... Wow!

No-L said...

These drawings are AWESOME! I love the happiness about them, they are so whimsical and refreshing!

Kactiguy said...

What the!?!!? Holy cow, you're like a big celebrity. I guess people just know good stuff when they see it. Is most of your stuff digital nowadays or do you still pull out the pencil. You have such great textures on this piece. It doesn't look so computery. I like that. Oh, thanks for your comments on my stuff. This blogging thing is all new and fun.

exhale said...

You have a great Blog and great talent! I will come back and spend more time in your archives.

Rob Widdup
toflight.blogspot.com

monic said...

wow. just stumbled on your blog... and i love your illustrations and your descriptions of the opera house.

sthupit girl said...

....voila!! superb work!

wondergirll18 said...

Cool pictures!

pinky said...

u picture r so awsome i love them i wish i could draw like u then my blog wouldnt be so boring

Michelle said...

I love the style you have. Your pictures are so fun to look at.

Gisela said...

Awesome picture! Beautiful illustration!

Jolie Lover said...

Your art is really great!
Awesome talent!

Nightyamaha said...

Ooh some art! I like it! Keep it up!

chisa said...

Your drawings are so great!
I love it.
Keep up good work!

Gracie Lou Freebush said...

Love your drawings...must say I'm partial to the Yoga one most. She's tan like me! LOL

Cheryl said...

I found you through BoingBoing and I must say that Im gald I did. I love your work. Clean lines and great colors. Fabulous, keep the great work coming! I definitely be back for more visits. Would you mind if I posted a link to your site on my blog?

Joel Conrad Bechtolt said...

Absolutely lovely. I'm glad I found your blog!

Love,
Joel

Sean said...

Wow. You have so much talent!

Glad I found your blog, I am an artists too myself, not as good though.

Keep it up!

Dary said...

Love it!!! Simply wonderful...

Geoff said...

I don't mean this flipantly and I say it in all honesty. I knew the first second I laid eyes on your blog and the picture came up. You're a f@$%ing genius!

techymike said...

Wow Paige, I just found you. Some very nice work here...I'm no art connoisseur, but your "doodles" appealed to me, so that's that. Good job, and I look forward to stopping back and seeing more!

Ward Jenkins said...

Great googly-moogly! 93 comments? Allow me to be number 94. The first and (definitely) not the last commentor here! Paige, don't forget us little people, now that you're a big artbloggin' star! Boing Boing has done you right. You deserve it, girl.

Way to go!

Nina said...

I really love your art! You're so talented!

mman said...

Your illustrations are wonderful. A nice slice of life.

pinky said...

page how did u get some much talent

cheezykat said...

Holy Wow, 97 comments, your one popular gal!

O come gather round, watch the show
Sweet dancers twirl as they go
Quite grandly we're dressed
As senses be blessed
From 'side the walls of Metro

We'll listen to music so grand
Carressed by the love of the band
When all's said and done
It surely was fun
With pleasure we'll rise, clapping hands

Tis here I conclude this mere prose
As comment to greatness it goes
Sim'lar to the dwelling
Your peices are swelling
To which I shout "Cheerios!!"

Prométhiûs said...

All thumbs up!!!
Awesome set pieces of art...
Well this is 100th comment....
Celebrate...
1
2
3...
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

Anonymous said...

WELL THIS IS THE 101th comment! LOL

StoneSweetie said...

I love all your illistratuns and drawings!

Cris said...

Its a really nice work!

emmie said...

hi there! love your art. wish i could draw like that! :) cool!

vanilla said...

Hello from Finland. Your drawings are just breathtaking, they remind me of my childhood...:)

Susu said...

Stumbled upon this when Blogger featured your blog as one of the mentionable blogs...

Love your drawings! keep doodling so we can see more..:)

jc said...

Your illustrations give oxygen to my brain.

jc said...

Do you use computer software for your illustrations? Or do you do all by hand?

Mustashrik said...

love the work, very cute!

keep it up!

piu piu said...

these are really cool. drop by my blog for a look at some storyboard sketches a friend of mine has been doing for me

kirby said...

Very good! You should ilustrate for childrens books.

Suzanne R said...

Congrats on the refs from BoingBoing and Blogger! I came to your blog due to the Blogger one and I'm impressed! I love your cheerful, colorful work. I can most definitely see it in a children's book, or in a magazine for adults. I'm thinking the sky's the limit for you. :-)

Cloud said...

your artwork is fantastic! it's really creative and i highly recommend it; your work is just lovely. Take a look at my blog if you would; it's about the next generation game consoles, i hope u like it!! ^ - ^

HiFreak said...

Nice blog! Keep going!
But just a remark: the Paris Opera house's ceiling is by Marc Chagall...

said...

i do say, its bea-utiful!
the people are adorable, i wouldnt mind looking at them every day!=D
signed-- emily hannah

Vivek Panda said...

are you really as beautiful as this blonde lady ?

Melissa said...

Paige you rock! Your illustrations are super-cute! This one is perfect...I feel the same way whenever I see Geisha dance...ofcourse standing up and clapping for that sort of thing is strictly frowned upon here, but inside of me, this is exactly the feeling I am trying so desperately to hide! I know a bunch of people already said this but your drawings are so innocent and cheerful....they remind me of my childhood too, and of the simple pleasures of life! You DEFINATELY need to do children's books! You Go girl! Arigatou!

EmpireWF said...

Your work is just plain 'ol fun.

-loo-bot- said...

This is oe charming piece! I really dig your work! You have made it into my list of best illustrators!

shannon m. said...

Hey!! Can I say I knew you when? Secret's out, now the whole world knows you are rad. Even my mom noted how many comments you received and brought it up the other day! xo s.

Totally Clueless said...

OH MY GOD!!! your my hero!!! i love the pictures!!!! geez now i want one haha. they are all sooo cute!

The Faceless Canadian said...

All my life I have lived in the shadow of my mother who is an extremely talented commercial artist. I can play piano like no tomorrow, but can't draw a stick figure to save my soul, but I would gladly trade talents in a heartbeat. Your work surpasses anything I have ever seen my mother do. It makes me sick, and makes me jealous, and makes me want more all at the same time. I look forward to seeing more in the future. You are amazing.

Cloud said...

i love the pictures; they're just adorable!! someone please check out my blog; it's about the next generation game consoles, i hope u like it!! ^ - ^

zaphod said...

i like!

amazing illustrations.
keep it up.

scrummy-rubbish said...

So cute! you are really quite talented! I'll be bookmarking your page, your drawings/doodles make me smile :D

Windom said...

love your work my dear, very warm

Jeremiah said...

WOW, that's something you'd expect to advertise a comedy or something.

John Marsh said...

I like your work, it's very fresh and fun. It's amazing, that's for sure, and I'll be sure to look around here for some time, Paige Pooler. Thanks.

Jennifer said...

Absolutely fabulous. Reminded me of seeing Swan Lake in Paris in 2002 with a man I was falling in love with... what a dreamy experience. Thanks for taking me back! xoxo

Milad Kawas Cale said...

You'r very nice
Thank your blog is very nice

Nelson Films said...

the blond is stunning!!!

aija said...

I falled in love with your pictures...

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