Thursday, July 01, 2010

why Hitchcock can make you a better illustrator :: or some other outrageous title

tomer :: the real birds in Hitchcock's The Birds are modern city girls, armed with irony and good legs, about to take the men away from their families and by doing so unleash chaos upon the universe.


when Tippi Hedren brings a pair of love birds to a gentleman who resides with his mother and sister in an idyllic small town, it's an obvious gesture to which his mother reacts by covering the bird cage with a blanket. she can't stand the idea of her son leaving. but there is no escape, and by the end of the film the birds have shredded the town to pieces.


the metaphor flies far from the tree and circles back around as Hitchcock folds complex ideas into arresting visuals. the relationship between symbol and meaning is mutually beneficial. like two reflective surfaces facing each other, their depth multiplies times eternity.

above, Hedren's sexy french twist is the eye of the storm.

11 comments:

  1. Nicely done. Hitch's framing of scenes is unsurpassed.

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  2. THEY LOOK SO HUNGRYYY HUNGRRRRYYYYY

    nice grass!

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  3. So nice. What was this for?

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  4. This one is a real work of art.

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  5. very cool. I love the colors chosen-they make the birds even more obvious

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  6. hey tomer
    nice one! I like the rendering against the silhouettes. I guess being a hitchcock fan you you how much he was obsessed with Hedren's hair at least in vertigo. glad to see that referenced here. Also Zalkus said you like audio books so you might like these? the hitchcock truffaut tapes:
    http://tsutpen.blogspot.com/2006/03/hitchcocktruffaut-tapes-1.html
    enjoy
    matt dicke

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  7. The Birds is easily one of my all time favorite movies. Great illustration!!

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  8. Wow, pure visual poetry man. Very nice

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