Saturday, November 19, 2011

500th Post - City Cow Country Cow

City Cow - Country Cow by paul zdepski
City Cow - Country Cow
Illustration Friday word is "Vanity". I don't know why this popped into my head, but the vanity of believing you're far removed from being on someone's plate for dinner when you're equally as vulnerable seems rampant in our American society. The fact that many of us are a mere paycheck away from the street, or a missed payment away from loosing our healthcare makes me wonder how we can still be so callous to our neighbors (cow-less - punny).

vanity.

digital piece using a couple of photos from my nyc trip, and the hair of a shorthorn cow. pen lines are done in Corel Painter 11 and the color and texture is in Photoshop.

both cows are smoking...

I was able to listen to one of the organizers (member, since it's a headless organization) speaking at the National Women's Democratic Club during our art opening last Thursday night. The DC locals in the crowd were ambivalent to the movement's lofty goals, and squawked about DC's taxation without representation not being part of the platform. The Occupy tent seems to be stuck as a sounding board for the nation's ills and complaints... perhaps not the focused force it needs to be.

6 comments:

Honeydew Branchweed said...

Yep - things are so bad, even the subway's in the hole.

steve said...

This is very true, and it's strange how neighbors treat eachother in America. When I visit Trinidad, where my wife is from, everyone knows eachother (for better or words), folks take care of eachother, cook for eachother, keep their doors open and visit on a daily basis. Not around here. I hate to say it, but there's something very wrong with how we conduct ourselves in the states, and people don't seem to have the foresight to realize the consequences. Anyhow, great work with this illustration! You got the message out loud and clear here.

zillustration said...

Honeydew - we all groan together!
Steve - It's been this way for years. I began college in 1981, and saw it steadily grow to what became this huge polarization of society. If you're for assisting the needy, you're branded a socialist/communist by some. I never have understood that mentality. The Christ and St.Paul many claim to follow, practiced a form of group communism; sharing what they had among the group.

michele said...

Wow! Congratulations on your 500th post! It's always a pleasure to stop in and be surprised by your latest artistic offerings- this current piece is great "food for thought," pardon the bad pun.
Hope to be able to catch more of these great posts! :o)

Linda Hensley said...

Wow! 500 posts?! I'm impressed. I guess I've got a long ways to go. Completely agree with you about the social commentary, but does that mean I'm supposed to give up BBQs?

LAConley said...

Ugh, it's all so true! Condensed brilliantly into this clever illo. Love it. And...grats on 500 posts. Keep 'em coming! :)