Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Illustration Friday: Déjà-vu

This week's Illustration Friday theme is Déjà-vu.

Déjà-vu – meaning "already seen" – is the sensation of feeling sure that you've already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain and were perhaps imagined.

When I was a child, I use to experience moments of Déjà-vu quite often. I would suddenly get an uncanny sense that I'd experienced a moment before, hearing a familiar conversation or viewing a scene I'd witnessed before. It usually only occured for a few seconds, yet in all these cases, there was no possible way I could have seen or heard these things in the exact same way before. It's hard to describe the sensation. As I grew older, these moments became a lot less frequent, but recently I have begun experiencing them again from time to time.

Earlier last year I went to Brighton for the day with some friends, and while we were sitting on the beach, I suddenly had a sense that I'd experienced this exact moment before, sat on Brighton beach with these exact same people, and hearing the conversation that was taking place. All of which finally brings me to my drawing for this week's Illustration Friday theme, which was an attempt to capture my own personal moment of Déjà-vu...



While I was producing this illustration, I was thinking a lot about the concept of Déjà-vu, and the sensation of feeling as though you've experienced something before, and I got an idea for another illustration for this theme.

Surely, with their supposed 3-second memories*, goldfish must spend their whole life with a feeling of Déjà-vu...

*Apparently, goldfish don't actually have 3-second memories. According to The Internet, it is more likely between 3–6 months.


  1. haha
    love the fish :P

  2. 3-6 months remembering your shitty fish bowl is enough to want to kill yourself.
    I remember that exact moment in Brighton!

  3. It's like having the same argument on a famous social networking site, again and again.

  4. Love your work! Keep it up ! Feel free to visit my arts too :D http://usasa-graphic-art.blogspot.com

  5. hahaha both are great :D