Fan Art Friday: Black Balloon

I discovered the Goo Goo Dolls after their hit song “Iris,” and was fairly obsessed with them in high school.  They are still among my favorite bands.

I also enjoyed writing “song fics” where I took song lyrics and made fan fiction (or original stories) with them.  This is what I would call a “song sketch,”  where I took the opening lyrics from the Goo Goo Dolls’ song “Black Balloon” and drew an image.  I don’t think there’s a story that goes with it, it’s just an impression I had based on the feeling from the song.  I was also practicing perspective obviously lol.

Baby’s black balloon makes her fly

13 thoughts on “Fan Art Friday: Black Balloon

  1. saraletourneau January 5, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    That brought back music memories. Good music memories. 🙂 I liked the Goo Goo Dolls music a lot, too. Listening to the radio was one of my favorite hobbies when I was in middle and high school, and their songs were playing constantly back then. This song, “Iris,” “Slide,” “Broadway,”… and now when I hear their songs at the grocery story, I get a little nostalgic.

    The fan art for the song is cute, btw. I like the anime influence.

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    • Mei-Mei January 5, 2018 / 2:23 pm

      “Iris” is my favorite song of theirs, but I think “Slide” might be their best. Definitely some nostalgia there!

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  2. For Tyeth January 5, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Hi Mei-Mei, I think you nailed perspective and you also positioned the “catch-lights” in the eyes and on the balloon correctly. (You also remembered to capture the refraction in the balloon so that the hair looks lighter…great work!)

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    • Mei-Mei January 5, 2018 / 2:27 pm

      My high school self says thank you! Those are exactly the kinds of things I was practicing.

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      • For Tyeth January 5, 2018 / 2:34 pm

        You did a good job. My Grandfather was a “Master Craftsman” which in the UK meant he was a qualified artistic painter, carpenter and decorator and I think some of his eye for detail passed down to me, which helped me pick those details out!

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  3. starwarsanon January 5, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    I think I was the only person not into the Goo Goo Dolls. They always sounded whiny to me haha. But cute pic!

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    • Mei-Mei January 5, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      I love whiny music! Haha I am such an emo kid.


      • starwarsanon January 5, 2018 / 2:28 pm

        I keep seeing this new k-pop music that’s taking over and I think of you every time.

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      • Mei-Mei January 5, 2018 / 2:37 pm

        Yessss the world takeover has begun 😉


  4. Michael J. Miller January 18, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    Aww, I love the Goo Goo Dolls! I actually haven’t listened to them in a while. I think I need to pull out some of their albums. I remember falling in love with them in high school too. In fact, “Iris” is definitely on my “I awkwardly slow danced with someone to this song” list :). Ahh, the memories! The picture is wonderful too. I love the “song fics/song sketch” idea too. I’ve never heard of anything quite like it but I think it’s really cool.

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    • Mei-Mei January 23, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Yeah, I haven’t kept up with them in recent years but they are still putting out albums! I really love their early stuff that has more of a grunge “garage band” feel. I also listened to Gutterflower and Dizzy Up the Girl on repeat

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      • Michael J. Miller January 29, 2018 / 7:36 pm

        I’ve bought their last few albums but I don’t find I play them like I did ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ and ‘Gutteflower.’ But those albums hit me at the right time. I did really like ‘Let Love In’ but I think that one’s a few years old now too.

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