Friday, August 29, 2008

Illustration Friday - memories

I will never forget this little girl. She was passing out little cards to raise money on a bus in Buenos Aires. She was tiny and had the sweetest little Spanish voice as she went from seat to seat hoping to get some change. I think she had a black eye which broke my heart, but it was her resolve that really moved me. And when she saw me drawing she stopped and looked over at my sketchbook and started talking to me in Spanish, like she was curious about what I was doing. I explained that I didn't speak Spanish, and she kept right on talking. I ached to know what she was asking me. I still do.

Although I suspect what really hurt was that I wanted to save her, and I couldn't.

44 comments:

  1. Nice economy of line; the feeling and the memory are conveyed very effectively.

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  2. Awe, you have such a big heart! Art always seems to communicate beyond words and you must have spoken to her through your drawing.

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  3. well now this is a cheerful start to the day. sigh. my heart is aching for this one

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  4. Scribbles and Shits8:44 AM

    It's strange which little moments stick with you and which don't, especially when you figure that day was probably no diffrent than most others for the little girl. Great work as usual.

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  5. willie, this post moved me. definitely one of my faves!

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  6. this image is so strong! One of my favorite too.

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  7. I saw a documentary about the lost kids of Buenos Aries. Lots of countries have them. You've captured the feeling so well, as tragic as it is. I'm sure she'll always remember the man with the pictures. I'll bet you gave her hope, Willie.

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  8. Nice memory. She sounds like a tragic character. This post says a lot about you.

    I like how the picture helps tell your story and is fluid.

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  9. Nice drawing and lovely sentiment. I believe God is watching over her.

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  10. i hope she is better now

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  11. A moving story to go with a great drawing. Thanks for your comment, I really got a great LOL !!!

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  12. Such a strong image and moving story.
    Your work is always a delight!

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  13. oh willie you have such a lovely heart.. 8)

    and you may not know how you inspire alot of people.. but you do..

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  14. Hi Willie!
    The story touched me closely, I live in Buenos Aires.
    When you have been here?
    Great post!

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  15. i can imagine, that this is a memorie you will not forget, i would feel the same.

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  16. Fast sketching at its best as well as a tender story at its best.

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  17. what a sad and wonderful memory

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  18. Lovely- and the story too. Though sad.

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  19. Agreed with the above...this post gives a good bit of insight to you...

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  20. So very touching. Your drawing, the little girl and you.

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  21. Well talking about her to us made some of us pray. I did and can relate.
    Those memories for her are going to stay her whole life, she will need our prayers.
    Thanks for sharing Willie.
    Her eyes are touching us now :)

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  22. Me thinks you know somebody over at Illustration Friday because you're always FIRST. (I'm on to you)

    Lovely illo and story. Heartbreaking, but I like to think the little girl is alright.

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  23. Wow Willie......
    You sure are an interesting fellow......with a big heart!

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  24. That is a stong memory. and a wonderful drawing.

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  25. Great Illo and nice memorie Willie!!
    (^v^)

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  26. You ever wonder whether or not she wondered the same thing! Lovely post.

    www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

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  27. oh willlie...that's SO lovely to share...i can just see her. great illio, too...really sets the mood of your memory.

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  28. Dang, Willie! That is a heartbreaking story!!

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  29. extremely touching...sigh...

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  30. i wonder if anybody tried to be inquisitive about the larger hostile social systems of the child. no offense to your personal response but people on the road in my country are now strongly discouraged to extend even a coin of a help because abusive parents and gangster are simply using them by "dressing them up" miserable.

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  31. Thanks for sharing that memory.

    The sketch is incredible. I love how loose it is but is still well composed. That horizon line under the bus that cuts through her is genious.

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  32. My pray are with her, hope she is well and safe!

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  33. Very touching memory and your illo expresses your feelings very well. Thank you for sharing!

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  34. THE BLACK EYE.. U TURN THAT EYE INTO A BEAUTIFUL EYE!

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  35. we can't save them all willie but the fact that you wish you could says so much. you do much to help those you can. this post helped me today...

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  36. even more bizarre than usual, willie!

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  37. woow, very meaningful post. Its great how your sketch seem to carry lots of emotions. nice!

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  38. Great post Willie!

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  39. That surely must have been a heavy experience. Sometimes people can't seem to see how blessed they really are. To save is sometimes impossible but to help is usually avoidable. It helps when we don't avoid. Stay nice.

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Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Willie