whisper

I’ve been playing with words again this morning, trying to come up with a visual illustration for a whisper. No, I’ve not lost my mind or anything, it’s for this week’s Illustration Friday theme. And yes, I know that I’ve only just done one, but we’ve had another Friday since then so we’re now in another week. Time’s getting faster by the minute!

I imagine whispered words to be transparent, like the wind. A breath of fresh air mixed with a little secret – or something like that. A hushed comment, unless, of course, the whisperer is shouting their whisper for dramatic effect.

My whisperer in the image above, the one with the crooked teeth, is whispering a little sweet something into the listener’s ear, the ear that looks like a slab of meat. They are funny things, ears, when you look at them closely.

Well, they are in my illustrations when I give myself five minutes to come up with one anyway!

I also think my whisperer in the illustration is whispering in one of those shouting whispers, the letters are a little more solid than I had intended… I could have gone slightly more transparent with them, but I think it (kind of) works.

They’ve not really been easy, the themes of late. Maybe next week, I’ll have an easier challenge… we’ll see!

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

32 Comments

  1. That is a rather good representation of a whisper, although perhaps the hello could have been smaller. But if it is a shouting whisper, than it is okay. Whispers come in all forms. They are difficult to pin down. This wasn’t an easy challenge you took on. You did well.

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks. I think it will be a shouting whisper, Maire. I wanted the text to be mouth-and-ear sized, but it may be a little larger than it should be!

      Like

      Reply

  2. Well Tom your impression of a whisper looks fine to me… crooked teeth or not.. LOL… and even whispers can be loud… reminds me somehow of that game we would play as children, Chinese Whispers!… where a sentence whispered was passed down the line to emerge a completely different at the other end… Today this is now called GOSSIP! LOL 🙂

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks, Sue. The teeth were perfect when I first created them, so I don’t know what happened along the way! Yes… gossip is Chinese Whispers – you’re right there!!!

      Like

      Reply

  3. whispers of transparency,… in a sea of tranquillity… just north of the Border down…. Ooops… trains of through can derail one sometimes. … I like the thought of the whispered word being a few shades different than the spoken harshness of louder sound…. gentle words, needing the lighter touch, the lips almost caressing the ear of the responder, did you know?…whisper, whisper… (fades off into the distance…..) xPenx

    Like

    Reply

    1. That Border town sounds like an interesting place, Pen… by the sea of tranquility. I’m feeling relaxed already! I’ve a couple of questions about whispers though… when you whisper, is it your own voice or just ‘shaped’ air??? And, if a large choir sang only in a whisper, would their ‘voices’ carry??? Oooo – I think I need to visit the sea of tranquility myself…

      Like

      Reply

  4. Pretty good effort Tom! 🙂

    Whispers can take many forms – I prefer the chocolate version myself!!! 😛

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks, Prenin. I’ve not had one of those chocolates for years!!!

      Like

      Reply

  5. I always take notice of whispers more than I do shouts. 🙂

    Like

    Reply

    1. The quiet voices need to be listened to as well, CM!

      Like

      Reply

  6. *reaches furtively inside jacket* Psssssst! Feelthee peectures?
    That would be a low whisper!
    Your picture does have a, ‘Your place or mine?’ sort of feel to it!

    Like

    Reply

    1. I hadn’t thought of it that way, Colonialist… but you’re right!

      Like

      Reply

  7. Whispers are such an awesome vocal tool. I love what you did with the illustration, Tom.

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks, Andra. I don’t think it’s too bad for a quick five minute attempt!

      Like

      Reply

  8. Tom, I think you nailed an illustration of a whisper, but what a challenge! I hope that next week you’re not assigned to visually illustrate “the” for that would truly be cruel and unusual.

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thank you, LA. It was a bit of a tough challenge, but once I’d decided on my idea it was pretty quick to complete. If I had to illustrate ‘The’ though, I’d have to give that one a miss. There’s only so much inspiration I can draw on. I wonder what the next theme will be?

      Like

      Reply

  9. WordsFallFromMyEyes February 24, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Low whispers give me chills, loud whispers cause me to jump. Like this picture though. I can’t believe I’ve not realised you are an artist! Great stuff, Tom 🙂

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks, Noeleen. I don’t class myself as an artist, though… I like to doodle!

      Like

      Reply

  10. I like the illustration, Tom, but it doesn’t whisper “WHISPER” to me. It looks LOUDER than a whisper . . . but not quite a SHOUT!!!. 😀

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks, Nancy… I agree, I think the text should be slightly smaller and more transparent. It’s a loud whisper! 😉

      Like

      Reply

  11. This whispherer sounds a bit louder than usual. If “hello” was a few shades lighter without the outline and in kind of floating font, that might get closer. Maybe?

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks, Tess… I can see what you’re saying. The text is a little too solid, but I’m explaining that away as it being a shouted whisper…

      Like

      Reply

  12. i had never thought of trying to show a whisper

    Like

    Reply

    1. It’s not something you would generally think about, is it Jo?
      Like your new Gravatar, by the way!

      Like

      Reply

      1. Thanks Tom !! It is one of the ones I took for the 365 challenge. There have never been so many photos of me floating around in years…but I am learning to live with if not totally love the me with wrinkles and all…hehehehe.
        you should check out the last one I took yesterday…boy did I have fun editing that one. Got a few ‘OMG’s’ on facebook at least.
        😉
        http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2013-365-club/365-club-february-2013/
        Maybe I’ll use it later for my gravatar…

        Like

        Reply

  13. I hate whispers. They set my teeth on edge. I don’t know if it’s a psychological throwback to mean girls at school, but, euggh!

    Good illustration, though.

    Like

    Reply

    1. I’m not particularly bothered by what people are whispering nowadays, Tilly, but I can’t bear to hear people whisper… but some people like being rude I suppose.
      Thank you, by the way!

      Like

      Reply

  14. Love the illustration..I’ve been stumped by the two recent themes from IF…but your art is awesome! 😀

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks, Shree. The themes have been quite difficult of late, haven’t they? I hope there’s an easier one this week…

      Like

      Reply

      1. Oh me too!!! It’s easy to imagine what I would like to draw but the actual drawing of it would have been quite disastrous! LOL

        Like

        Reply

        1. No such joy! Sigh. Talent.
          Back to the drawing board, as they say! 😀

          Like

          Reply

Would you like to leave a comment?

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s