The Fight: Progress.


Current progress on The Fight. Now to get the background started. Click for full size. Pencil and Markers on Bristol, 19″ x 24″.

The Fight © C. Ford, all rights reserved.

The Fight © C. Ford, all rights reserved.

© C. Ford, all rights reserved.

Comments

  1. kestrel says

    Besieged on all sides… I can’t tell if the fighter is sending out lasers or if it’s going the other way.

    Very powerful.

  2. Nightjar says

    I like those yellow/green tones. They feel very… unnatural, maybe? Can’t find the right word, but those colors feel very appropriate for chemo somehow. The tones on the left feel more organic, which is also appropriate. Fighting the same stuff you’re made of with poison.

  3. says

    Nightjar, yep, you got it. A lot of the chemo colours are fluorescent and metallic; it’s not the easiest representing nausea. They also clash on purpose.

  4. avalus says

    It strikes me as a very powerful picture. To me, it seems like this: Everything intermingles, flows, fights, the cure is a poison and the enemy is part of you.
    I also really like this organic and fluid style of drawing, mostly because it is something that I just can not get the way I want it to look whan I am drawing. It is not envy, it is admiration for a technique I have not learned (but I will certainly try, if I take up drawing again, all your artworks are inspiring!)

  5. Rob Grigjanis says

    First thing to mind was “I Sing the Body Electric”. Not the Whitman poem or the Bradbury story, just the phrase, which I’ve always found evocative.

  6. says

    Anne, thank you.

    Avalus:

    First, thank you!

    I also really like this organic and fluid style of drawing, mostly because it is something that I just can not get the way I want it to look whan I am drawing. It is not envy, it is admiration for a technique I have not learned (but I will certainly try, if I take up drawing again, all your artworks are inspiring!)

    It took me years on end to be able to go fluid, I’m much more inclined to fussy precision, and messiness makes me a bit nuts. So yeah, I understand. I finally did a bunch of abstracts with paint, which helped a lot in seeing the value of looseness, of not being so damned fussed about everything being just so. It’s still really difficult for me, I have to fight this impulse to clean everything up. The cancer stuff seems to call for fluid, so that’s what I’m doing. The next piece will be more my regular thing. Well, one of them anyway.

    Rob:

    First thing to mind was “I Sing the Body Electric”. Not the Whitman poem or the Bradbury story, just the phrase, which I’ve always found evocative.

    I have too. That phrase has echoed around my head a fair few times during treatment, it helps. I call on it to remember that I am capable of singing, of fighting. Thank you.

  7. says

    At first I thought the armor around the central figure’s waist was twitter logo-birds, but I knew it couldn’t be.

    The picture scares me. But that’s because what I already know scares me, it’s not the picture -- you just captured it. I never understand how artists do that.

  8. says

    Marcus:

    I never understand how artists do that.

    I don’t claim to understand it myself. I just see it in my head.

  9. rq says

    I like this. The disturbing/discomfiting element from First Reaction is still present (the colours, the side figures and their chaotic internal organs and tentacles, camouflage patterns), but the central figure centres and balances the whole thing -- the black lines are much stronger than the attacking figures from the sides, and even though the lines aren’t straight, they are angular and sharp, and the overall pose of the central figure is assured and focussed. Winning is too strong a word, but it’s lurking.

  10. Ice Swimmer says

    The chaos meets the poisons. The central figure has a will to survive the dirty fight. This feels like a diagram made as art, in an artistic way and seen that way it is a powerful, emotionally significant one*, it all happens in one person.

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    * = Not an exclusive statement.

  11. kestrel says

    What rq said resonates with me: to me, the jagged lines of the arms and legs mean they are like lightning bolts, which I could see as a metaphor for anger and strength. Very good things to bring to a fight.

  12. rq says

    Caine
    I say what speaks to me, and you use colours and line in ways that talk a lot. :D

    Perhaps I have missed my calling as art critic. Or wine labeller, some of those descriptions are well over the top.

  13. says

    rq, you aren’t enough of an asshole or mean enough to be an art critic. You actually like art, and I’m pretty sure that’s a disqualification. Now wine labeller, yep. I wouldn’t mind taking a crack at that myself. :D

  14. says

    Kestrel:

    to me, the jagged lines of the arms and legs mean they are like lightning bolts

    I had that in mind when I was drawing. :)

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