Friday, November 18, 2011

Illustration Friday: Vanity

This is what I learned thanks to the today's IF theme:

"Vanitas in art, a genre of still-life painting that flourished in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. A vanitas painting contains collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures; it exhorts the viewer to consider mortality and to repent." (Dictionary)

"Common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death; rotten fruit, which symbolizes decay like ageing; bubbles, which symbolize the brevity of life and suddenness of death; smoke, watches, and hourglasses, which symbolize the brevity of life; and musical instruments, which symbolize brevity and the ephemeral nature of life. " (Wiki)


  1. Powerful image. Great interpretation, and well drawn!

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous and a great interpretation of I.F.'s "vanity" theme. Well done!

  3. Bonjour Julia! Your illustration is quite successful and très bien documentée. Excellent!

  4. Beautifully done. The skull and hair in particular are really great.

  5. Seriously fabulous!!! Awesome work!

    love + luck + bliss,

  6. Hey! Great minds think alike :) Yours is much cooler and meaningful though!

  7. ces cool comme que tu as une grande imagination tu serait extra en dessin publicitaire j'aime

    stephane p