Monday, July 9, 2007



GEEKY
is this week's theme at Illustration Friday. One of the definitions of geek is "A person who is interested in technology, especially computing and new media." -Wikipedia. I decided I did not want to do the stereotype of thick glasses, buck teeth and mismatched plaid: it's a dead horse. Very few people still sport that Poindexter look from the 1950's, and I am amazed how pervasively it has lingered in our collective cultural memory. Most of the geeky guys I personally know wear tee shirts, jeans and sneakers. They often have beards, and sometimes glasses but not always. They just look regular which is not very visually exciting. Instead, I found this drawing I did of kids having fun on the computer, and colored it up in Photoshop. Geeklings!

Personally I am not a technology geek. I take no particular interest in the technological aspects of the tools I use, my computer, camera etc. I value them but just as a means to an end. In fact, I only learned how to turn off my cell phone last week at a bar-mitzvah when they made a general request for this courtesy and I had to ask the man sitting next to me for help. He shot me a look that read Are you kidding me?" then quickly realized I wasn't and showed me how. Duh, right? (In my defense, it is a new phone!)

Confession: it all seems like magic to me and I am content to let it be so!

Pen and ink on paper, scanned and colored in Photoshop

19 comments:

Tina Vaziri said...

Very cute little kids!

Ricardo Guimaraes said...

Sweet!! Beaultiful coloring! Loved your style!!

md said...

i agree they're just a tool just like a pencil. which lets me do something easier then before. i mean why dirty ur hands using a burnt stick to draw with when u can have millions and millions of colors now at a click of a mouse( and here i thought they only squeeked)

thefridayfrog said...

hiya, nancy! :)))

now just wait. when you go back to paint traditionally, your brain will start trying to "mentally UNDO" a mistake, a blob, a glitch. and that gets kind of wacky! :) wonderful colors...her shirt, especially. and that's one HECK of a cinema display - i'm STILL geeking out over that! :)

Michelle Lana said...

lovely work!

Tony LaRocca said...

How did you get them to play together on the computer so nicely? Even in a drawing!

enigma said...

hehe, i share some experience in that! pretty drawing!

Emila Yusof said...

This is adorable, Nancy!

nina seven said...

Hi Nancy - Thanks for your nice comment. I love your version of geeky..it's the NEW geeky for today's world. The kids are adorable, I can totally see this in a magazine.

JO said...

Very cute Nancy, I love the cell phone story as my kids and husband make fun of me they tell everyone "I'm Cellphone Challenged".

Loni Edwards said...

I like this! Very refreshing and sweet!

studio lolo said...

The kid's expressions are wonderful! My husband and I kept saying we didn't need a computer and were offended every time someone said "What do you mean you don't have internet?" In 2000 one of my clients gave me a computer as a thank you. Need I say more? Well here I am seven years later,hooked mind you, but still I'm not computer saavy. And now I have a cell phone. How DO you shut the thing off?

Greg Hartman said...

I'm not very tech savvy myself so it is good to hear I'm not the only one. Sometimes it feels like it! Though I aspire to be a geek someday. Nice illo., I'm afraid my own is the "tired" version, but it is with admiration of geekdom.

zari.ZHM said...

i love the kids expressions, they seem soo into what they are doing...by the way, is it a game or a screen saver?!

DesigningFairy said...

I love the sweet faces.

RennyBA said...

So I'm defiantly a Geek, but I often dress differently:-)

Btw: Thanks for your compliments on my new blog home. Good to see you here and also to be able to comment!

stangy said...

really cute children's illo - nice take on 'geeky'!

dintoons said...

love this one!
and love the fact that you prefer "low-tech" drawing tools to fancy digital ones... :o)

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