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Old 03-12-2019, 05:57 AM
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strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song




So I'm taking part in another sketchbook exchange and my theme is poems or lyrics. I went with a dark theme for this one - Billie Holliday's powerful Strange Fruit. It's from a poem written in response to a lynching.

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What do you think? it's a digital drawing - it will be going in my book, which will return to me at the end.
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

The contrast of the magnolia blossoms and the lynched figure makes this very striking!
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:30 AM
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

the poem does that so I ran with the idea

It would be interesting to develop it larger - maybe a small touch of colour - but I really don't feel like stayijng with such a sad theme
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

Very impressive Vivien!
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

Wow. Strange Fruit is one of the darkest songs that has stuck with me from when I first heard it at... maybe nineteen? A strong composition. The way you have depicted the crowd is very effective - both in terms of the sketch and also subject matter. I like the idea of sketchbook exchanges.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:11 PM
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

thanks yes very dark and horrific the exchanges have been fun. I first did an international one with an American friend who has since had a residency at CERN in Switzerland - members were in the US, France, Italy, UK, Sweden and South Africa.

This is with a big group and so there are 2 books with 9 members each group, handover at the monthly meetings - we did it last year and are repeating because it was really popular. That's about a quarter of the members taking part. We showed the books at the annual exhibition too.
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

Nice to see sketchbooks breaking out and having meaning and a life in the world beyond the initial purpose.
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

Well done! So that is a lynched figure hanging there?
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

it is from as photo on the internet of a real event
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

I really like this page - I didn't even realise it was digital until the second time I read the post. I don't know much about digital art so I'm generally hesitant about commenting on it, but this looks so much like charcoal or other traditional media that I don't feel totally clueless commenting.

It looks great visually but I also like the whole concept of representing a song in picture, especially a song which deals with such a weighty and sad subject. A great example of art journaling.
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

thanks Kay I don't really treat working digitally any differently from working in other media. It's just a way of making marks but with some cool options of using layers and altering the interaction/opacity/lots more as you go and the ability to go back to a lower layer to darken or whatever underneath later marks.
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Re: strange fruit - based on Billie Holliday song

A very powerful song. A very strong sketch.

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