Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Art By Committee: Chains

The 15th of September has arrived, and that means it's time for our group sketch game called "Art by Committee." The way it works is I share an excerpt from a science fiction story and you come up with a picture to go with it.

This month the quote was "He stood and held his arms out before him, pulling the chains taut. The muscles in his shoulders and his chest bunched, standing out in sharp relief, and a moment later, the chains snapped cleanly."

Everyone had fun dealing with those elemental forces, and the results are wonderful.

Mario Zara

Andy Wales
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Link to blog:

Mei-Yi Chun

Andrew Walker

Michael Geissler

Susan Adsett

Honey Amplegood

Here's the drawing that appears in the original ABC book, done by me and a bunch of friends.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Now here’s the quote for next month: "I became immediately and irrationally angry. How dare this six foot chicken with a silly red crest on top of his narrow foolish head say that we humans were deficient in feii? I controlled...."

Have fun! Please scale your JPG to 400 pixels across and compress it as much as possible. Title it with your name, send it to: jgurneyart(at)yahoo.com, subject line ABC. Please let me know in your email the full URL of the link to a larger image or your blog or website so people can see your image in all its glory and learn more about your other work. Please have your entries in by the 12th of October. I'll post the results October 15.


Unknown said...

Awesome! I'm sad I couldn't participate this time. Mei-Yi Chun's has such a great composition. Honey Amplegood's made me smile, I love any gag that involves someone face-down and completely inert on the ground.
And, of course, your berserking ballerina is a tour de force, Jim. Well done, all!

Mei-Yi Chun said...

Thanks for the compliment, Munchanka! The quote was pretty literal in specifying a male straining his muscles to break chains. I knew that to make it interesting, the picture would either have to toy with the expectations suggested by the text or present the situation using a dramatic viewpoint. I opted for the latter.

anna said...

What is feii??

James Gurney said...

Anna, I have no idea what "feii" means, and I guess that's part of the fun of the assignment. I'm sure the original science fiction novel explained it, but I forgot which novel the excerpt came from.