Monday, August 8, 2011

Imperfect - Illustration Friday August 5/2011

Inspired by the Illustration Friday quote:
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring". - Marilyn Monroe

I read the quote over and over, an idea tickling the back of my mind like a sneeze that hasn't quite arrived - until today, when it occurred to me that jesters embodied the entire quote.

Often different physically, they dressed to stand out even more; the butt of jokes and the confidants of the powerful; japesters, jokesters, philosophers, mountebanks and scapegoats, they made an art of the ridiculous, found beauty in imperfection and split madness until within they found wisdom. I wonder if Marilyn ever saw herself this way...


  1. Quite profound for a clown, and you're probably right, Marilyn probably did see herself that way. There's a lot to see in this piece. I like the "Starry Nights" sky in the background. Kind of plays with the idea of controlled madness. Very nice!

  2. Interesting musings, I like the quote. This illustration truly speaks a thousand words. Wonderful!

  3. You've zeroed right in on it! And a nice illo to go along. Yes, wonderful!

  4. A little *starry night* going on there in the background, bringing to mind another person who, at the time looked "absolutely ridiculous" and certainly NOT boring... ~~Vincent Van Gogh is now considered one of the greatest...
    Now that's food for thought!

    nice image and good emotion as well.


  5. Lovely! I just saw the play of Pratchett's comic novel Wyrd Sisters (based on Hamlet and Macbeth) and this reminds me of poor sincere Verence, the fool.

  6. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Your illustration are really great! Keep it up!


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