Friday, July 28, 2006

Illustration Friday - Clean?

Ladders, ladders everywhere. Ok, stay with me here. I had nothing for clean. Zippity. So I thought, clean contains the word "lean" and ladders lean, so I decided to make the definitive ladder post. Below is a new ladder, and underneath are links to many of my favorite ladder drawings from past posts. I love ladders. I love what they symbolize for me. Enjoy. And remember: keep climbing.


Out of the fire
Scotch tape ladder
I'm not
No know
Truth ladder
How can I possibly die?
Ladder puzzle
Believe
Ladder with bleeding ring
Thanks
No pain, no gain
Does life matter?
Clear vision
Why not?
Plan life? Ha!
Only one question
Motivation
All my fault
Wacky ladder
I had a dream about a cheetah, and in it, I was Jesus.
Sex ladder
Opposites
Ladder with door
Black heart
Another meaningless sketchbook
It's crazy in here
I really do
Four ladders and one flower
How I eventually came to know nothing at all
All I can do is enough
Fallen ladders
There is no reason
See where you need to go
Box with ladder
Ladder with boobs
I really do hate being sick
Is there anything left to ask?
What would happen?
Hand, eyes and ladder
climbclimbclimb
What am I a slave to?
A very complicated life
Ladders with keyhole
Climbing out
My path
Pay attention

84 comments:

  1. willie! i am a ladderfan too. clean or not, my favorite ladder are those ones in new mexico and texas ... with the narrowing at the top rungs. you know, the hardest to climb. ;-0
    your ladder with the keyhole is my favorite.

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  2. Keep climbing...I like that... a lot. Hey, well, it's also a great way to get those 'Buns of Steel'...hehe. But I like the metaphor mostly....

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  3. In a way it COULD be a metaphor for clean Willie--leaving behind all the dirty bs of a complicated life? Great drawing!

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  4. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Great!

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  5. I don't quite get it, but that's okay. I enjoy your work whether I get it or not. : ) Perhaps it's just that it's Friday and my brain doesn't want to work that hard!

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  6. Most excellent!!!
    Great ideas. My first take on the ladder people was caskets buried one on top of the other...

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  7. I see the 'clean' in this:) And as always, love your illo!

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  8. Yer so talented and wacky :o)
    Love yer ladders!

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  9. checked out most of 'em, (some didn't post, by the way), and my faves are clear vision and four ladders and one flower. also like the shadow lines on the ground below each ladder!

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  10. i get on rolls like that too. don't worry - this is a very original take on the theme. as usual, you make a clear statement and this time with a grand sense of humor.

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  11. It should come as no surprise to you that "ladder with boobs" was the first one I clicked.

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  12. Great drawing...really interesting take!

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  14. Excellent! I love your ladder drawings....here's another take on your theme! xoxo
    http://trixisstretching.blogspot.com/2006/01/why-we-climb.html

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  15. "Keep climbing" Nice advice! I love ur illo :)

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  16. excellent as always...

    thanks for all the links... I quiet enjoyed looking at the past sketches.

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  17. LOL Well, you certainly made this week's theme work for you. Very clever!!

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  18. you are sooo awesome the laughter you provoke hurts...

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  19. Well, I didn't look at all the ladders, but I looked at enough to see that there are some recurring themes...truth, love, sex, religion. It seems you've leaned your ladder against Dr. Maslow's pyramid, and you are pondering each level as you climb towards self-actualization! It's a lot of fun to see your visual musings on the way up!

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  20. I trust you! you are a real ladder-fan!

    Once I saw a ladder-fan in a flat -
    he was lying flat on the flour - because there were no ladder -
    the lad didn't like this lack of ladders -
    he cried: give me some ladders!

    PS: I like your humour!

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  21. the clean leaning ladder. a fresh take!

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  22. An interesting concept, clean!!!

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  23. ok, i checked them all, and my suspicions are confirmed....i'm too dern impatient! i'd like to add 'thanks' to my list of faves

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  24. but a very clean picture of a ladder. ;-) Enjoyed looking at all your ladders here; do you always illustrate your dreams in this way?

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  25. About the baaaaaaaaaaaaad story:
    sorry - I couldn't help it!

    see you another time

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  26. "Ladder with boobs"?
    Funny!

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  27. love the ladders...

    don't go walking under any!

    and appreciated the comment
    all the best,
    lea

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my site. I love how far you streached the clean concept.

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  29. Cool! I love seeing all the different interpretations of a topic, and how far it can be stretched - streching the topic by using a ladder!

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  30. You must be one of those ladder day saints I've heard about.

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  31. You are so cool that you make my arm hairs stand on end.

    Love the ladder concept and your positive outlook on life. :-)

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  32. Oh give me a break? Clean contains lean? BARF!!! I won't conform to this crap Willie! I am no sheep. What are you gonna do next? Bladder contains ladder...? Stairs contains air? Fart contains art...

    BOLLOCKS!





    Okay, did you buy it? Did you think I was going off? Just giving you back a little Hell, bro. :P

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  33. Cool ladders. While I like the ladders, I am a much bigger fan of your other works such as "Mmmmmmmmmm" (March 2006) and "Chair, lunch bags, and firewood in Idaho" (November 2005) :) Thanks for stopping by and keep up the great work!

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  34. I'm gladder that I found your ladder.

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  35. For what it's worth, your ladder doesn't look dirty at all.

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  36. willie, you're a very uniquely creative guy :)

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  37. Great post! I love the the way you really stretched to get from clean to ladder - scientist should really study your brain... :-)

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  38. Keep climbing! Very funny and original.

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  39. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

    I finally got to the very top of your ladder & sat with the pretty pink flower.
    The climb was worth it, natch!

    SMooch,
    The Tart
    ; )

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  40. Fascinating dude. Don't understand how it could do with clean but good job, anyway.

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  41. lol well u made ur nothing into a something here. good climbing. its something we all do and then we die

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  42. Wow- rungs and rungs of great drawings creativity and ideas. I love ladders too-- but I also love formers.
    Keep climbing- but sometimes I think the ladder's on quicksand- we can't know.

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  43. ahahah!!! great idea...

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  44. thanks fro your comment on my page, love your illustration!

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  45. im in love your style!

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  46. ah! very creative indeed! great concept!

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  47. ladder lean torwards paradise?
    :)

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  48. great concept!
    :D
    thanks for your post

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  49. You made me love ladders. Thanks

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  50. It's a LADDER MARATHON! My favorites are "Ladder with Door" "Pay Attention", "Sex Ladder" and "A Very Complicated Life," which, for me, takes the cake.

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  51. Wow - the ladder lexicon! Most excellent collection. I agree the sex ladder and a very complicated life were fabulous!

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  52. ladders ladders everywhere! i think my favorite is "my path".

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  53. original, at least !!!
    thanks for passing by ;-)))
    luisa

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  54. yes, very original!
    I liked it a lot ;)

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  55. if my brain was working properly i'd think about this for days...weeks even.

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  56. Love your ladders- they're great! I really like ladder puzzle & all your type. (not that I've looked at them all yet)
    Thank you for your comments on my blog.

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  57. Thankyou for your comment on my blog!! I like your quirky style, very fun!!

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  58. I stayed with you. I get it. :-) There IS a connection. Looking forward to your links. :-) Thanks for looking at my IF "clean".

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  59. Hey, It looks like my washing board.

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  60. Sleepless night here, and I'm clicking these links to these way out ladders... how 'bout one to slumberland? Mebbe a stairway to heaven? Wonderful illustrations with messages...subliminal and in-your-face.

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  61. Now I became a ladder fan!

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  62. you give me lots of other ideas!

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  63. Wow! Who needs clean when you have a beautiful ladder.
    I like all the links to ladders, amazing, can't believe there are so many. Inspired work!

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  64. What an intricate interplay of ladders! A real puzzle. Love the Pay Attention one. Where's Jacob's Ladder?

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  65. I love the way how your thinking Willie. Inside and going upstairs. Cristal clean to me ..!
    Well done!

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  66. Wonderful! I love it.
    love

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  67. i'm with ya, love ladders too! exceptional illo as usual!

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  68. You are highly creative! I love your brain!

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  69. oh my god!
    u got urself 71 plus commentssss
    well done ;]
    the drawing is just adorable...
    loved it!

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  70. i could use a ladder or two...Good Stuff!

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  71. You are way funny! Did you see the ladder in my version of c'lean? LOL! Love your work!!!!

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  72. love ur rationalisation for drawing the ladder! u rock rramone!

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  73. I like where you went with this - pushing the boundaries... great illustration.

    (oh, and I'm finally up - sheesh *wink*)

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  74. do love your ladders!

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  75. Great piece again! I like your style. Reminds me a lot of Aboriginal art which is very much concerned with lines.

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  76. The other day my wife asked me what happened if you posted something for Illo Friday that was totally not on theme, so I garbaged on about "recontextualisation in art," etc.

    Thankyou, though, you've answered the question (while raising a heap of others, along with your ladder), and made art seem relevant on a Friday, which is no mean feat.

    I enjoyed your Skies and Hokey-Pokey too... well, maybe not the hokey-pokey so much :).

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  77. just now got my butt over to this piece! talk about outside the box. extremely refreshing and i can relate. :) love it.

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  78. GOSH. 80 comments! I really like this one, same goes for the one for "oposites". The ladder idea is great. Nice concept, your drawings are funny. :)
    Blah blah blah you've heard it all before. Anyway, nice to know tho, isnt it? ;)

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  79. I love your reasoning to working from clean->lean->ladder lol

    Thats a lotta ladders you have there too :o

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  80. i really like this.


    omg your so popular XDbxd

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  81. uh. cross out the bxd......

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Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Willie