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Friday, January 12, 2007

Illustration Friday: 80's

     The first thing that popped to mind was doing a charicature of Boy George, or somebody wearing jeans so tight, you can read their credit card number through their back pocket. And then I thought, do I really want to go there? I lived through it, that was enough.
     So, I'm going for the more serious side of the 80's and sharing something I've not done much of so far here. This is an image I created for "A Bird on Water Street" back when it was still a picture-book, or a chapter book (it's now a full blown novel and with my agent as I type).
     The story centers around the closing of the local copper mine through the eyes of 13-year-old Jack. And, even though my story is fiction, it's based on a real event in 1987. The coppermine was in Copperhill, Tennessee, and it's closing crushed the local economy.

     This image is of Jack and Piran watching a slag dump. The waste from separating copper from the rock left a sludge that, when molten hot, was poured down the sides of the company land (which sat on a mountain of the hardened stuff). It was like watching a fireworks show as the lava spit and sparked while it cooled.
     You can read a snippet of my epilogue describing the complicated history of the region HERE. But be prepared - it's kind of shocking.



rusz said...


9:39 AM  
paula said...

Wow. I learn something new everyday! Intersting how your story book has developed to a novel! Is this part of your personal history, too? Are you from TN? Nice illo and thank you SO much for sparing us a portrait of Boy George or tight jeans!

11:22 AM  
Rrramone said...

Very cool take on the topic. Glad you survived the 80s. :-)

11:56 AM  
Pati @-;-- said...

Wow... sad to know that. Ur illo is pretty beautiful, though, it shows that, even in the worst moments, art can capture the beauty.

1:35 PM  
Sherry Rogers said...

Good luck on your novel! The kids are really wonderful!

1:39 PM  
Liz Jones said...

Great take on the theme!

3:56 PM  
Kathy Weller said...

the story sends shivers up my spine..and i didn't even click through the link!
Nice illustration. Congratulations on the book, too!!

11:45 PM  
studio lolo said...

Wow. You know, when I first looked at your beautiful drawing, I thought "Those kids are watching toxic dumping." Of course I had to read your link. How awful, some of the stuff man has caused to this planet. I'm glad people like you are here to tell the stories. Congrats on the book(s)!

12:57 AM  
mrana said...

The subject matter is extremely sad but it's wonderful that you're pointing it out ... and all your illustrations are extraordinary and beautiful, I absolutely love them.

1:26 AM  
Ginger*:)* said...

All the best "e" I think with work like this you deserve a capital "E"! The tone and composition of the illustration add to the drama of the book.

Thanks for your post about my friend YURI... He is a wonderful the cookies and took them home to his family.

3:28 PM  
emila said...

Great illo!

2:31 AM  
Halloweenville said...

Beautiful work, and very inetersting!

11:46 AM  
claudine hellmuth said...


9:28 PM  
Abigail said...

Very nice - I like the boy's expression and the warm colors.

9:13 PM  

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