Saturday, September 26, 2009

IF - Pattern

Ker-thunk

Ker-thunk

Ker-thunk

Ker-thunk

That is the sound pattern of girls playing a rousing game of See-Saw
Xtreme. In Korea, see-saw is a traditional sport, often played by young women during festivals. It's like the typical playground game, but on steroids.


*Guaranteed you will want to wear shoes for this.



Not to be outdone at festivals, the Korean boys perform a traditional ribbon hat dance, creating flamboyant circular patterns in the air with the wobble-wobble of their heads. That's the official term, by the way. Wobble-wobble.


Good gracious! Does anyone else's neck hurt after watching this video? Quite dizzying.




I'm going to take some Tylenol now. Tell me when the room stops spinning. Hope you have a wonderful week!

98 comments:

Sonia ;) said...

Your drawings are superb...They make me smile...Hope all is well

Smiles

clairedulalune said...

Oh Bella, I am so lucky to have been found reading your posts. Your drawings are really beautiful and you capture the moment so well!I always look forward to your posts. I loved the clip of the sea saw! I would try that, just give me a crash helmet and whole lotta padding!

Ellen Byrne said...

Interesting, educational and fun all at once! Darling illustrations!

Patricia said...

This is an exciting game!
And again beautifully drawn by you :-)

Still dizzy?
Drink a cup of tea ;-)

Ces said...

Oh God, I am running out of words in awe and appreciation of your drawing skills. I love you so much.

Now why can't all Koreans do this? Perhaps if Kim Jong Il did this kind of dance up north, he wouldn't have become so bellicose and megalomanic.

Sometimes I just don't know what to say about your art anymore. My heart just exploded with mirth! Even the arrangements of your words served as a captivating and unique segue.

I am so sad you don't live across the street from us.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Hey... Get two for me, I'm seeing double and triple right now. You jumped to hard and I hit my head. You've got to warn your sister when you show things like this. I thought when you said that we would be playing on the see saw it would be like here in america! OUCHHHH!!!! My feet hurt really bad now. I tried to do the flippy thingy too and.. and... lets just say, " I won't be doing that anymore" And let's not even talk about the those head twirly things. Gee whiz. I think I'm going to need spinal cord replacement of some sort for sure. Okay, so like when we meet finally for the first time and I 'm not looking you right in the eye, but like at your ear... You'll know why he he he! This was totally awesome and I love, love, LOVe both illustration you did! Fabulous indeed! Wonderful action and color too. Both are wonderful pieces. Great job Sis!
Love you ,
Nessa

Nicky Linzey said...

Oh my goodness, I can't even sit on a seesaw without feeling dizzy - I'm no fun at a theme park! Beautiful illustrations as usual Bella. Fantastic skills in the clips too, I enjoyed them.

Deborah said...

Bella, your drawings are so delightful and sweet. In simplicity, you convey so much more.

Manon Doyle said...

Hi Bella,

My god.... i love your illustrations! You are incredibly talented!!
I think i got whiplash after watching that video...lol!

nina seven said...

oh, bella! what a delightful post and such wonderfully adorable illustrations!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Now that is the kind of see-saw that I am glad I didn't participate in the playground on! Can you imagine what the teachers would have said! Love your drawings!

Marie S said...

I love that I got the feeling from your drawing before I saw the video, I am not as dense as I think!!
Thanks Bella, that was fun.

linda cardina said...

ooooh bella, i just loove the illustrations. way too cute. the videos are so cool just like what the ribbon says.. cool.

btw i finally posted something on my blog.

xox
lin

Owl Eng said...

Very interesting and lively! though they are still illos, i could feel the girl jumping and the boys swinging their heads to make such a beautiful pattern!!
And, i have learnt something new on Korean culture from your nice illos ;)

nollyposh said...

WoW! (My Lara would ~Love~ all that jumping!) Me, i'm dizzy tOO! Lol!

Johana Venessa Mazuera said...

Hey Bella
your drawings are so adorable
nice job

voz said...

I love it when you get all educational.

I also really like the background in the see saw picture. Very subtle. I like!

The Original Drama Mama said...

Adorable! I never heard of either of these past times before, thanks for the mini-education!

happychinchilla said...

Your illustrations are gorgeous.
Its really great to learn about different cultures, specially with such beautiful images.

Delwyn said...

Hi Bella

this is gorgeous Bella

I will show my Korean daughter...

I have seen the see sawing, the tightrope walking and the crazy streamer dancing at the folk village outside Seoul...

Happy days

Diana Evans said...

Hi Bella!!! what a wonderful collection of magic...you are always an inspiration to me!!!

Hugs
Diana

Ces said...

The expression on the girl's face in the middle of the seesaw is priceless! I really love love love love this drawing. It is my favorite so far. My favorite ever and then Suzy is next. AAAAWWW! I have to show this to the guys at work tomorrow!

Mighty Kwan said...

I never got the chance to really enjoy see-saw's when I was younger. I was always in a weight clss all my own! LOL! I'd hate to see what would have happened if I'd attempted to do what they are doing in your illustration! The result would have been too funny!! LOL! Well done Bella!!

-Wilson

aimee said...

before i saw ces's comment i thought exactly the same thing! i need some new adjectives to describe your pieces because i've worn out the other ones. you do such a good job of pulling in bits of culture into your posts. i don't know much at all about korean culture and this is a wonderful primer, starting at the common denominator of how we all played as children. we ran, we jumped, we all went kerthunk at some point. what a great game!

beautiful drawings as always :)

Valerie said...

i shouldn't have watched the videos... now my eyes are going in circles.ooOOO heehee, but i love your drawings.

Nicola said...

Love your illustrations they are so sweet! Great idea for this weeks theme!!!

Bella Sinclair said...

Wow, thank you, Sonia ;)

Clairedulalune, haha! I think we should cover ourselves in mashed potato. Would that be padding enough?

Ellen Byrne, thank you, thank you, and thank you, all at the same time.

Patricia, oooh, what did you put in this tea? The room's spinning faster....

Oh, Ces! The mental picture you gave me of Kim Jong Il whirling a streamer 'round his head.....shudder.

Nessa, BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Lucky for you, my eyes ARE where my ears are. So sorry about the injuries. I guess I shouldn't have made you take the end that was directly underneath the tree branch. My bad.

Hey, Nicky. Thanks. Does that mean you won't go to Disneyland with me?

Aaah, Deborah. Complexity conveyed through simplicity.... Now you're getting my mind all twisted up in knots.

Manon, did you hitch onto Deborah's long legs? You came right after her. Ooh, your neck is too pretty to be whiplashed. Sorry.

Thank you, Nina Seven!

Oh my, Alicia. If I were a teacher, I'd be having a conniption fit!

Marie, Marie, Marie. You are most definitely not dense! And neither are you porous or full of air. You are just right.

haHAAA, Linda! I can finally leave the park! OOoooh, excitement.....

Aww, thank you Owl Eng!

Nollyposh, I saw a video of two men trying to see-saw, and it was laughably pathetic. I'm sure I would have done no better, though.

Hey, Johana. Thank you!

Hahaha, Voz. I'll get all educational on your a**. :D Say, thanks for teaching me about those goatsuckers.

Drama Mama, you are most welcome. Mini is all you get with me. I don't do maxi education.

Happy Chinchilla, thanks. I love your name! Are you really happy?

Oh, Delwyn! Fantastic performances, aren't they? I'm sure your daughter was proud and amazed.

Thank you, Diana. Likewise.

Hahaha, Wilson! You are a hoot!

Aimee, it seems you have a nice and colorful collection of words already!

Valerie, just make sure people don't think you're rolling your eyes at them, and you'll be fine.

Nicola, thank you so much.

Caroline said...

What a really fun take on pattern, Bella! Loved the whole post but your illustrations are the best -just adorable!

MONICA said...

Wonderful drawings!!
Nice week and thanks for share this video.
Hug and kind regards :)

kathi said...

Your drawings really capture the joys of childhood. I love these!
Have you illustrated any books?
You really should!
I'm going to email you a poem I wrote. I would love it if you would do a drawing for me!
Maybe we could collaborate on a little book about color?
Love,
Kathi

kathi said...

Can't find your email? Mine is posted in my profile.
I would love to see what you would do with my poem. Just for fun, of course. No book planned! :)

encaracolada said...

I love these two illustration, nice subject, very original and funny!Didn´t know about these weird games... thanks!

Cheryl Lynn said...

Bella, these illustrations are dizzying, yet beautiful. The colors are vibrant and magnificent. The action is apparent. Thanks so much for the insight into these cultural event.

Bravo!

Dusik said...

hi Bella!!! omg, i love your new banner! i remember that illo from before. i love all your new IF illos.

and thank you so much for appreciations of my little oil attempts :) (you like yourself with butter, eh? LOL)

serline said...

Very fun and exciting to watch them performed. But it's more enjoyable to look at your illustration. They are so adorable!I really love their expressions.

jenn said...

so much fun! and your illustrations are just delightful. :)

roberta baird said...

Woah.... how do they do that!!

Delightful and informative and fun as always my dear!!

Samantha Hughes said...

Oh your work is beautiful, such a sense of fun and rhythm! Grogeous ^_^

Terri Fischer said...

adorable. now THAT's a see-saw. What a blast!

soulbrush said...

beeeoootifooool, such a happy little peace, hope your life is now settling down and the girls are all fine at their new schools. xx

Peter Breese said...

Ha ha... fantastic! Love the teeter totter action, what a tip-top intro to pattern and a great take on the word. Bravo my friend.

The Gypsy said...

Amazingly delightful! More please.
By the way, I read a special report about spinning that says its actually good for you :-)

Carol Lawecki said...

The extremem see-saw was fantastic. It looks like so much fun. Love the drawing that went along with the video.

caren said...

I love it!!!! Wonderful drawings again....they make me smile. Believe it or not, I am in Paris! I can't get my pictures to upload because the internet here is so slow.....it's killing me! Ashley is finished at the Paris Fashion Institute....she is sad. However, she gets to go to a runway show at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday...so that makes her VERY happy!

Art Fan Ako said...

adorable!!!

Ces said...

I is a Korean jumping butterball!

Sonny said...

Wow!!! I am totally impressed with your drawings!! :)

Marie S said...

Thank you very, very, much Bella!
Love and hugs.

Francisco Martins said...

Hi Bella! What lovely illustrations! This is really sweet, I love it! Great post!
Kiss!

Francisco

theartofpuro said...

Hi Bella ,wonderful illustrations.
I saw the sport you are talking in a documentary.Amazing sport

Anna said...

Ahh the see saw gils are fab!! love them and the whole idea of competitive see saw its crazy!!
wonderful drawings as usual Bella. Thanks
hope you're well
xx

justdoodleit said...

Awesome! That Kim Jong-il fellow should learn this new way of throwing his weight around instead of all those expensive, useless missile tests :)

Btw, the drawings are best described by the 2nd little boy doing the ribbon dance - COOL!

J Perrault said...

They look like they're having a blast. Nice work Bella!

Nina Crittenden said...

How fun! It was cool that the one guy's ribbon got all tangled up, he untangled it, and moved on. That's the sort of thing that some people just can't get past... Your art is darling, as ever!

Ces said...

Hi honey, they are pigs. A lot of pigs. One year someone heard me mention I love pigs because they are intelligent and everyone gives me a pig wherever they travel or if they want to bribe me - it does not work. I have Monsters Inc. toys now and a lot of Japanese anime toys, they are all girls, they look like Sailor moon types and they pose in different positions. Have a wonderful day. TSUP!

Faruffa said...

I can fell the sound pattern through this adorable illo, really superb!!!

studio lolo said...

The expressions on all of your characters faces is priceless. You always nail it bella!

ValGalArt said...

Amazing and wonderful! I have never seen the seesaw used in this way :)

nessadee said...

Excellent illustrations! I love those little characters!

Valerie Lorimer said...

These are both so awesome! I love the energy in these. Simply wonderful.

Bella Sinclair said...

Aw thanks, guys! You all are so wonderful. Thank you for the generous comments.

room....still spinning.....

cindy said...

i love your drawings and seeing the inspiration behind them even if it hurts!

Draffin Bears said...

Oh Bella, your sweet drawings are always delightful.
This one really made me smile as I used to love riding the sea-saw as a little girl.

Hope that you are having a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Mamzelle Rouge said...

Really cute !!!
So amazing work :)

Renee said...

These are so fun Bella.

The drawings are perfect and those are two new things I learned today.

Maybe we always need to question, that way we can get answers.

Love Renee xoxo

wendy w. lee said...

your work is beautiful and It gives me flashbacks of my tween-hood in Korea when I went on a class field trip to a folk village where they performed all the traditional activities. I think I tried the see-saw and it scared me so much. Your characters are adorable and
I really enjoyed your blog!

yoon see said...

Wow! Really amazing feature for this week IF.
I really enjoy your postings Bella.
Both illustrations are priceless, incorporating the most beautiful culture and fun beats along.
I hope we all get to be able stay positive like these performers:)

Cheers,
Yoon See

johanna said...

looks like so much fun!

laughingwolf said...

wowsers... great art as always bella, love the history/vids, too :)

Sae Lin said...

What a pretty!
The girls are beautiful, both designs are very well made. I love the joy that release.

I'm glad you're (at least a bit) okay.

Loni Edwards said...

What beautiful illos Bella! They are wonderful! Thanks for the vids too, they were great :)

Renee said...

I love these illustrations sweet Bella.

My Dad really was lovely and funny like you wouldn't believe.

Thank you dear friend.

Love Renee xoxo

isay said...

gosh, lovely illustrations!

deepazartz said...

Hey Bella

Fab work as always!!!

Lovely art and great info...

I really missed you all and I am happy that I am back in Bloggyland:)

Janine said...

Your drawings are so wonderful.
I love the see- saw drawing it is so....Yuhuuuuuuu

Sarah said...

Oh the drawings are wonderful hon!! I think I am dizzy now though - wowowowowow!! Amasing things those kiddos!! Wonderful post - hope all is well with you!!
Hugs, Sarah

Renee said...

Dear Bella I so agree with you; and then I don't. And then I do; and then I don't.

I do believe in hope and I do believe that we can make a difference. And in some things, I think there just aren't any reasons.

Some people (retards) thought what had Jacquie done to deserve this suffering. Well she did nothing and I don't believe there is a reason. I don't believe that God took Sheldon to teach her or any of us a lesson, or made Jacquie unable to walk or move because she did something to cause this or offended God.

It just happened and the reason is no reason.

On the other hand, with you sweet girls, I would have been just like you and I think that is a different situation.

What think you my dearest friend.

I guess you can tell I am sick of these born agains saying that so and so didn't love god enough and so these things happen. That the rest of the world needs to follow Jesus or these things will happen. Sickening.

Okay, love you.

You bolster me and I will always bolster you.

Love Renee xoxo

nancy said...

Aww, your drawings are always so happy, so fun! Love them. :) And the videos, blimey! sure we could get quite wild in our younger days, but this would've made us look like amateurs. ;)
But congrats on the stickers! So not unexpected. Waiting for the book deal now. :)
Good to see you back - sorry about being a little late, bad timing. :o

Gai said...

Your illustration is lovely. The concept great. I enjoyed looking at the videos. You have taught something very new to me.

Ces said...

I am here and I am ready to see-saw with my favorite playmate! Oh wait, I have to find my helmet and knee splints first!

Renee said...

As usual dearest Bella we are in peerfect sync.

That is exactly how I feel and what I believe.

Sheldon felt that this was his destiny and that there were reasons and mysteries in life and he didn't know them.

I agree with you totally.

Love you.

Renee xoxo

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Anytime you need a makeup tip just call me! Ray brought home a kitten and now it's 4 am in the morning and I am trying to get work done and the kitten wants to PLAY AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!
After a while it's just now cute! It's just plain old
annoying if you know what I mean. The poor thing sees me as his mother so when sit down to go to work on the computer he jumps up and crawls his way up the sides of the desk and then sits on my shoulder like a bird. It's actually very funny. Don't tell the kitty he he he! I love you so much and miss you more. I want stamps! I want stamps! I want stamps! I want stamps! I want stamps! I want stamps! I want stamps!!! he he he he

Björnik said...

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Tessa said...

Oh the sheer enchantment of your drawings makes me want to stand up and dance in delight. Thank you, Bella, for totally making my day. I'm off now to practise wibble-wobble ribbon twirling.

tusen said...

great illustrations, I especially love the girls on the see-saw. I love their faces - you can show so much expression with just a few lines and dots :)
it's also great to see the "real thing" - it's the first time I've seen any of them, so thanks for sharing.

Björnik said...

Oh I'm sorry, I must have fallen asleep! My neck hurt from too much spinning and I was seeing double. By the way, here's what I meant in my previous comment:

epe@ yjod ;ppld s,sxomh@ esoy. o fpmy yjoml o, ,slomh smu drmdr@

Wow! This looks amazing! Wait, I don't think I'm making any sense!

Just like what the middle boy is trying to say: COOL illustrations Bella! Aylavet!;)

Ker-Thunk!!! Weeeeeeeehhhh...... To infinity and beyond!hehe

Julia said...

86 comments - well, no surprise there really! These are fantastic! So much personality in those little characters! Just precious - great illos!

BT said...

My head would fall off if I had to do that ribbon thing. Now, how do the girls get on the see saw in the first place? Who starts? Crazy people.

I just love your drawings of the wobbly wobbly men though!

I hope you're doing well and chipper Bella. xxx

Bobo said...

So cute, what a joyful game!

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

oh, so cute, your illustration is so attrative and it lead me to understand the Korean culture better.
Bella, you have lots of heart in your drawings! Keep drawing and keep inspire us! You go girl!

Emily said...

Oh Bella! Bella! Bella! The little girls on the seesaw just tickled me pink! I just adore the movement and play in this one!
So happy to see you out among the blogs again by the way! Your light was most sorely missed!
Cheers!

Amy C said...

these are just stunning Bella, so pretty and so fun and the little videos are just brill, that Korean Seesaw is just amazing, just a simple plank of wood, do you think I can set one up in the back yard!?!
You and them all so incredibly inspiring.
x

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...
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Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

How funny! When I was a kid we called it "Joggle Board" and it was a great way to end up with broken bones! Seesaws were performed seated, but joggle board was for jumping!
...and I've been totally in the ozone 'cause I didn't realize these are your drawings... fabulous!!!

Silke said...

Hi Bella, don't know how I missed this... I liked the videos, but I LOVED your illustrations. So wonderful!! Good luck setting up house and getting settled in. Don't get lost among the boxes... Love, Silke

Renee said...

Bella just wanted to say how exciting to move. Love Renee xoxo

Esti said...

I feel a little dizzy after watching those videos, but not enough as to forget to say your drawings are superb.

sketched out said...

How cool to see these wonderful little videos and then see your rendition of it all. Just priceless. I'm so glad you're back and I need to get my butt in gear and come visit more often.

Good luck with your move!