Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Sorrow n.- deep distress, sadness or regret for the loss of someone or something loved.

Iiii Am a Dog......of Constant Sorrow..... Posted by Hello

I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the movie: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" , but it's one of my favorite movies (and soundtracks) of all time. It's basically a very fresh and refreshing take on Homer's epic tale, The Odyssey. Anyway, back to my point. I love that movie, and there is a scene where the wayward heroes are pressed for cash and decide to "sing in a can" at a nearby radio station in order to earn a little pocket money.
The song that Ulysses Everett McGill and his sidekicks proceed to belt out with much gusto is "Man of Constant Sorrow." It's a very good song, with great music, and really sad lyrics if you can quit tapping your feet long enough to listen to them. So I decided to make my own twist from that little "singing in a can" scene.
This week's topic for Illustration Friday is Sorrow. Bleah. (What can you do but try to comply?) So, I thought: Bloodhounds are very sad-looking, Blue is a color associated with sadness, and Everett sang about sorrow in that movie! Voila! You have three blue bloodhounds "singing in a can" about their constant sorrow! I hope you enjoy. I sure did enjoy making this picture. I used brand new color pencils; they're texture was so smooth and creamy it made me giggle like a loon when I was drawing.

p.s.- I'm not trying to sound pompous or anything, but don't you think there's a William Wegman quality to these hounds? :)


  1. That's such a cute idea! Plus, I love that movie too.

  2. Fantastic! I immediately recognized the scene from the movie - one of my favorites too.

  3. Anonymous9:08 PM

    AWESOME! I'm a big fan of the movie too and what a great concept you came up with.

  4. Anonymous10:31 AM

    I LOVE that movie especially the soundtrack!! Great illio!! It's purrrrfect LOL

  5. O Sister! I've long loved that movie, that soundtrack and that song! And now I can love your illo! (Sometimes for fun, I imagine my coworkers as different dogs!)


  6. Haha! I recognized the scene from the movie too! Great take on the topic... even when you protest, you still do great work!

  7. Anonymous6:13 AM

    The facial expression of your dogs is just awesome! And so is your very creative interpretation of the theme. Guess, I have to watch this film...

  8. I saw the scene from the film as soon as I saw your illo! It's GREAT!!

    Gnome G

  9. Hooray for OBWAT! We were both on the same idea this week...someone commented about your drawing to me. It's wonderful! I'm a big fan of that movie as well.

  10. This is beautiful! I love it... yep, recognized the scene too. Couldn't be a better representation.


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