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04 April 2006, 02:10 PM
"Illustrate this Poem"

To see a world in a grain of sand,
and a heaven in a wildflower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in a hour.
-William Blake

These are the rules:
* You have 30, (count them 30!) minutes to do your sketch. IF you go beyond the
assigned time limit , you have to post WHATEVER you have done after the time has
expired, along with the FINAL drawing.
* Also, I will add a new voting category, called THE FASTEST DRAW.
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* RESOLUTION : The image can have any aspect ratio up to 800 x 600
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing, unless is it an integral part of the challenge.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
* Ill post ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.

Good luck

PS To submit your topic ideas and suggestions go to this thread:
>>Link<< (http://showthread.php/?t=145003)

04 April 2006, 02:19 PM
hm interesting, id like to give it a go but stuck trying to rig a character...would like to see what people come up with :D

04 April 2006, 03:10 PM
Thats a wonderful poem, I once made a painting based on it for someone. I shall see if I got a picture somewhere. Plus I hope to have some time tonight to paint something fresh.

04 April 2006, 03:42 PM
This deserves a no time limit.

That's a great poem!

I will post mine later. I want to be able to contribute more but school is prioraty at the moment -_-

04 April 2006, 04:57 PM
First time with ArtRage. Can't say I like it too much but it definately uses my Wacom's pressure abilities much better than PSP.

04 April 2006, 05:18 PM
Wohoow!! Nice Landscape.
I like this topic, our imagination will sure be tested here.

Stand by for picture.

04 April 2006, 05:33 PM
Drone, that is plain gorgeous. I LOVE it, a LOT.

It is so evident to me when I see stuff like this how much I need to learn... I'd actually love a tutorial write up on that one - the colors are beautiful.

(I know, I know, it seems elementary to you experienced people, but I'm such a novice, to me, I would love to just /know/ how you came up with all that)

Anyway, will be thinking about this one too - I saw it in the suggestions - I think its a GREAT topic... looking forward to messing with it :) I Promise I will try for it to be better than the red dragon I did!

04 April 2006, 05:38 PM
Here's my interpretation 30 mins in PS 7. I wish i had ahad a bit more time to ply around with the image and idea. The idea i had was that if you look into the eye of a human you see all of gods glory reflected back in a designed and ordered universe (not my belief neccesarily but i think this is what Blake was alluding to)

04 April 2006, 08:13 PM
Ok here is my 30 minutes, photoshop, intuos3:::

Okay, after another 25 minutes:

04 April 2006, 09:52 PM
Very interesting visions...

mine sorta lost the plot a little...meant to be an hour glass sorta it is after 25mins.


04 April 2006, 10:16 PM

PS, 30 minutes.

After some collages I made, I decided to go for a subtle effect. I went with Zhu-Zhu's watercolour brushes, and some old grainy paper for the background. The flower and the blade are intertwined, signifying eternity.

Alas I couldn't find the photograph of the painting I made. It was also a flower, set in a desert.

- Very nice works sofar, love the colors you used kaylon. And your work Labyrinth is very hypnotising, the eye just seem to be drawn to the center continuously...

*EDIT to prevent JM's auditory brainmush from collapsing* :p

04 April 2006, 10:23 PM
Please insert an 'n' at the end of the a in the last line... it bugs my auditory brainmush... :)

04 April 2006, 10:47 PM
hi all am so new to posting here, I got inspired by most of the paintings I see in the sketch forum most excellent stuff :] ... here's my take on the Poem, about 20 minutes in Photoshop CS.

04 April 2006, 10:55 PM
That's funny...

I had just finished looking through yesterdays topic and was thinking it was strange that no one made reference to William Blakes painting or even the movie/book Red Dragon which of course featured Blakes painting...

...just as I opened this thread to see it was one of Blakes poems featured.

Co-incidence? Or have we just stepped through...

The scary door!?

04 April 2006, 01:38 AM
hi, all. 30 minutes, photoshop on tablet

04 April 2006, 01:42 AM
mine turned out ok i think, this is my 1st post so hopefully my image works. its supposed to be a death type figure pullign a petal from the flower, the death figure looks more liek a rat tho, lol! theres alot id like to fix on it

30 mins photoshop and wacom

04 April 2006, 03:56 AM

Excellent work everyone!!
Wow what beautiful words!! I really took my time this time in an effort to just try harder. I think this is my best effort so far.
PS7 29 mins I didnt want to chance the OT!!

The weekend is just around the corner! :)

04 April 2006, 04:41 AM
30min PS....... nice poem...

04 April 2006, 04:45 AM
30 mins, painter 8... very tough to come up with a good idea on this one. Great poem, though. Vitreous, brilliant concept!

04 April 2006, 04:59 AM
35min / photoshop/ wacom

04 April 2006, 07:42 AM
some interesting pictures here, think i might have to give this one a go today, tho im pretty hungover..but could make my drawing more interesting :scream:.
Im liking khanumnaow's and Drone2222's :thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 09:49 AM
okay, i took somewhat longer then 30 minutes, i am so sorry ;)

04 April 2006, 02:39 PM
Had 35 mins in mind, instead of 30, sorry...

04 April 2006, 05:20 PM
Wow, so many neat entries!

After 30 minutes...

Another 45 minutes, Photoshop.

04 April 2006, 06:19 PM
Melop, welcome and nice take on this one! Look forward to seeing more of your sketches here.

04 April 2006, 07:10 PM
Sylanya, I'm not buying it, you always work on portraits. I want you to free your mind and really illustrate the poem you suggested. Or feel free to ignore my suggestion.

P.S. we're all friends here

04 April 2006, 07:13 PM
Sylanya, I'm not buying it, you always work on portraits. I want you to free your mind and really illustrate the poem you suggested. Or feel free to ignore my suggestion.

P.S. we're all friends here

I know, I know! I'm just not brave! Ugh, ok, tonight I promise to loosen my belt and try something completely wild and different. Maybe working out a color scheme would help...yeah. Ok, the ideas are flowing...must paint! After practice though...*grumbles*

04 April 2006, 03:05 AM
Ok, here's another one. This time it actually took only 30 minutes.


05 May 2006, 08:47 AM
Gah! This is late because the internet at home isn't letting me reply, it won't load this box I'm typing into now... I don't know why. Anyway, I'm at college now. I finished this quite a few days ago, but I'm going to post it anyway!

This poem makes me feel humbled - sunsets make me feel humbled - I suppose the horse is me, being humbled. The shiny things are meant to resemble grains of sand/light falling into the sinking sun, like sand falling down an hourglass, representing time..and I wanted the sunset to look like a flower, heh!
Photoshop, 30 minutes.

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