Friday, July 30, 2010


Art. Official! Heh... (cough)...

ANYway, happy Illustration Friday. Today's prompt is "artificial".

Now, I'm all for cosmetic surgery when it's restorative/reconstructive... like for nasty burn scars, mamed faces, or other such traumatic injuries. But I'm a bit bothered by the way some feel the need to run to "have work done". Case in point, the duckbill look of the botox lips.

I, for one, like a bit of physical flaw here and there. Kevin Bacon's nose, Dan O'Brien's tooth gap, Jack Black's chubbiness, to name but a few. The "beautiful people" I often find a bit, well, boring.

And really, it's what's inside that counts, right?

Lovingly in illustration,
the nose moled, small chested, stretched marked, big-footed Abby


  1. Always a pleasure to see your illustrations...and read your commentary. Both are wonderful!

  2. Some people pay big $$$ to make themselves look live movie stars. Like you, I prefer reality. You sell yourself short. So what if you have a mole or are less endowed or have stretch marks and big feet? In my mind, those show character. Hiding those "traits" just shows how shallow some people can be. It doesn't matter how good you look, as long as you enjoy the ride.

  3. I agree, people put too much into trying to "look" beautiful when really it just makes them look older. And very, very...artificial...:)

  4. Know what I think is funny. Is that the people that do this actually think they look better.

    Maybe they do for the first time the get the injection, or the second time, but at somepoint they just look like asses.

  5. As much as I hate picturing a needle being injected into a pair of lips, I do think that this is a great take on the prompt. Sometimes you just have to be that transparent to get the message across. Bravo, Abby! :)

  6. I am yet to meet a person who doesn't have stretchmarks. Is it even possible to get through puberty without them?

    I'm with you anyway - and when I see an 'imperfection' on anyone in the media, I tend to be instantly charmed by it rather than being put off.

  7. OUCH!

    On another note, how is your back doing?

  8. That looks quite painful. Nicely illustrated!

  9. Grim, but definitely makes the point!