Illustration Friday – Strings

[10 Oct 2008 | By | 21 Comment(s) | 5,981 views ]

This is based off a character I created for a book a while back, a marionette dancer. I like the character, so I decided to reinvent her for today’s IF. Watercolor pencil, no digital this time. I love the sad feeling she invokes.


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  • Kris-Tea [] :

    Oo.. poor girl..
    Nice illo!

  • Vanessa Brantley Newton [] :

    Poor baby, she looks like the strings have been cut or something. Wonderful illustration and play on the word Strings. I love Marionettes. This one is simply adorable. Great work Dot!!

  • Roberta [] :

    She does look sad. Having someone control everything you do is a pretty good reason!

    Very nice illo!

  • damon [] :


  • Michael [] :

    nice character and shading

  • studio lolo [] :

    Great little drawing! She is in a sad state though. Maybe now that her strings are free she’ll get some traction in her life ;)

  • Shiva [] :

    So nice. love the shading! :)

  • Ellen Byrne [] :

    Oh, she is sad but so very elegant at the same time. I love this.

  • Zórdís [] :

    Poor little girl … Nice image!

  • krisztina maros [] :

    this is really beautiful and very expressive image! you’re so clever in pencilwork as well!

  • Pea [] :

    Looks like she is dragged out of the bed in the morning or else she will be late to the school..:)

  • Josh (musarter) [] :

    She looks so sad compared to your usual work. The art seems a little moody which is good. Nice take on “strings.”

  • Cookie Sunshine [] :

    oh, she does look very lonely. What’s going on with her? She seems tired to me, and a bit dejected…or is it just iron poor blood?

  • Michael O'Connell [] :

    such emotion… what a sad little one… you should “happy” her up a bit… too much sa goin around these days…

  • yoon see [] :

    Yeah, this was a sad one, the moody feel was so well captured.

  • johanna [] :

    such a sad and delicate-looking girl. beautiful illustration!

  • Dot [] :


    And yes, Michael, maybe I’ll do a happier version of her next week :)

  • Joanie [] :

    Very nice. She has a wonderful expression.

  • ValGalArt [] :

    This is so beautiful Dot! I loved catching up on all your posts especially the camping and the little white house :)

  • Brine Blank [] :

    Nice expression and mood created by the pose…

  • Honor Bowden [] :

    Just lovely, you’ve really evoked a mood with this piece.