illustration friday: broken
October 30, 2005 1:32 PM   Subscribe

Illustration Friday is exploding dog for the rest of us. Each week, they post a theme (this week it's "broken") and anyone can submit a drawing based on that theme. Surely this is a double post. But I searched and couldn't find it.
posted by grumblebee (20 comments total)

The requested URL could not be retrieved

posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:39 PM on October 30, 2005

Which one? I just visited Illustration Friday.
posted by grumblebee at 1:40 PM on October 30, 2005

Yup. Just tried every link in the FPP and they're all working for me.
posted by grumblebee at 1:41 PM on October 30, 2005

Anything from crashes. Sorry.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:42 PM on October 30, 2005

Access Denied.

This is happening b/c you already viewed the photos on the site and they are in your browser cache, grumblebee. When someone who doesn't already have them in his cache, the server prevents remote linking when a new IP tries to directly access the file, etc... are there .html pages containing these images that you could link to, mayhaps?
posted by tweak at 1:45 PM on October 30, 2005

Cut-and-paste works, I should say. Clicky, no workee.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:46 PM on October 30, 2005

Sorry. Try these. You can also just go to Illustration Friday and click the links on the left. I will post the rest from my FPP in clickable form in just a sec. Thanks for alerting me to the problem.
posted by grumblebee at 1:51 PM on October 30, 2005

Well this is fun. I really liked, um, Oinker's illustrations. Acutally, scanning through aboud a dozen links, they all seem really good. And you say anyone can do it? Well count me in.
posted by panoptican at 1:55 PM on October 30, 2005

Yes, panoptican. Anyone can post. Currently, you need to host the image yourself, but they're working on a system to allow at least thumbnails on the site itself. There's no prize or anything. It's not a contest. But somehow the theme word gets my creative juices running each week. I always do my illustration before looking at any of the others. It's fun, afterwards, to see what other people come up with.

Also, the community seems really positive and supportive. Usually I get comments on my drawings just a few minutes after I post them.

Oh, and there's an artists' forum on the site.
posted by grumblebee at 2:02 PM on October 30, 2005

Mod note: replaced the blogger links with some of the ones grumblebee linked to above, hope that's okay
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:58 PM on October 30, 2005

It's shame they don't have some sort of ranking system. I'd like to view the most-popular ones.
posted by five fresh fish at 3:11 PM on October 30, 2005

Ah, yeah, I remember looking upon this site and meaning to participate. Maybe now I won't forget!

Your pictures are pretty funny, grumblebee.
posted by furiousthought at 4:19 PM on October 30, 2005

It's shame they don't have some sort of ranking system. I'd like to view the most-popular ones.

Yeah, with 200-odd entries a week already, and surely more if some of the artistically inclined folks here chip in, it'd be nice to either have some kind of filter or a convenient way to view 'em all at once. Picture a visual version of Songfight or something.

Great find, grumblebee!
posted by arto at 5:36 PM on October 30, 2005

my two cents in the vein of "broken"
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 12:42 AM on October 31, 2005

Tryptophan-5ht: I know were in the extreme minority but I thought I'd let you know that your site doesn't like Opera very much.
posted by panoptican at 1:07 AM on October 31, 2005

This is a good idea -- It's just that it would work so much better were the illustrations hosted on the main site. I don't think I will visit again just because of the inordinate amount of clicking-and-loading time involved.
posted by Miko at 7:09 AM on October 31, 2005

I agree with Miko - this is a great idea, but until there is a single page with thumbnails this project doesn't offer a pleasant or easy browsing experience.
posted by twsf at 7:31 AM on October 31, 2005

Though I love the site, I agree with you Miko. It's a pain to click all those links. If you poke around on the site, you'll see that there are plans to revamp it with (at least) thumbnails on the site. If the site doesn't get updated soon, someone else should redo it with a better interface.

I would consider doing it myself, but I don't have the space to host hundreds of other people's drawings. Maybe a good half-way there model would be to host direct LINKS to other people's drawings (i.e. links that make the drawings appear to be on the illustration friday site) but which are actually hosted elsewhere, as when people post images on MeFi.)

I was also wondering if it would be possible to enhance the experience with a greasemonkey script. Could one be built that would visit each of the links for you, one every half-minute or something, making a sort of slide show?

Oh, by the way, cool drawing Tryptophan-5ht!
posted by grumblebee at 7:36 AM on October 31, 2005

yep, it is a pain to click all those bad, cause it seem like a really nice idea.
posted by spix at 10:26 PM on October 31, 2005

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