Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Illustration Friday "Hierarchy"

“I know my place”

This week’s Illustration Friday topic was chosen by yours truly, so I could hardly let this one pass by.

I’ve always been fascinated and frustrated by the English class system. When I suggested the topic of hierarchy I always intended to create a homage to the classic comedy sketch starring John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbet. This iconic sketch has become one of the most loved English sketches and I think it still holds true to this day. I’ve always enjoyed the look of this footage, especially the opening silhouettes, so I’ve posted it for you below.

For those of you playing at home, this sketch was part of The Frost Report. The same David Frost as portrayed in the recent Frost vs Nixon. Fascinating huh?

25 comments:

  1. love the latest illustration. Nice use of reference as well. :)

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  2. Awesome! I love it!! Nice work my friend! Great characters.

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  3. So you are the one responsible for this hard word! (ha) Very nice drawing. The word was definitely challenging.

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  4. What great characters you have here! The first one is my favourite - really hilarious!

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  5. Awesome designs! Thanks for coming up with the word for this week:)

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  6. Great sketch, really funny! I like your image as well, but I liked it better before I saw the sketch ;) ...there's hierarchy for you

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  7. Just wonderful!! I really like!

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  8. Very nice illustration! hahaa
    I amuse watching so different interpretations of Hierarchy, congratulation for being the Owner of this week's topic :-)
    This one is fantastic, I also enjoyed the video :-))

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  9. now, i adore john cleese...and that diminutive ronnie corbet was on "extras" a few times. and i have never seen that before - verrry funny - THANKS! i loved it. :)

    this illio is perfect, chris. that umbrella's gonna take an eye out, tho...pointy lil weapon o' class! :)

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  10. Good point in your concept, and great style. I like your stuff. Congrats!

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  11. Nice idea and cool illustration!

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  12. This is awesome I had to watch it over again and again. It's wonderful. Did I tell you how brilliant you are??? I just love this so much!! It's great! And now, I KNOW MY PLACE!!! he he he he! Great illustration.

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  13. Great sketch, really funny!

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  14. Awesome characters, I really like the dancing couple a few posts down!

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  15. Ha, ha. I like the faces and the fantastic background.

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  16. Loving this. The same sketch crossed my mind but I saw yours and left it alone. You nailed it!

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  17. First of all congratulations for your blog. Some illos are truly funny.
    Your interpretation of Hierarchy is a bit simple, conceptually speaking (who said that?!), but the looks that characters exchange have made me laugh.
    Regards

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  18. Great blog dude. I'll definitely be back for more.

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  19. THese character design ROCK!!

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  20. Haha a funny toony version of the trio! a flash animated version would be stupendous indeed :D

    Awesome work on your blog, loving your IF sketches in particular, charmingly hilarious!
    Do let me add you to my inspiration list, thanks!!

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  21. great post! I like how the lowest of the hierarchy feel embarrased, even though it should be the other way around.

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  22. Nice buddy, congrats on the 10,000 hits as well (nice image there too!).

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