illustration friday

IF: Old-fashioned

September 30, 2010
Pen & Ink, Watercolor
Sitting under a tree, reading a book, wearing an old-fashioned dress. Mmm--three things I love! 

I started this picture a while ago, but once I got to the watercoloring stage I discovered the paper was so old that the watercolor went on in a spotted, speckled sort of way. Demotivational for sure!

By the way, If you're in the mood for some old-fashioned end-of-summer reading, be sure to check out Booth Tarkington's hilarious 1915 novel, Seventeen: A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family, Especially William.

IF: Acrobat

September 18, 2010
Pen & ink, digital coloring
When you're small, even the simplest things can require a certain amount of skill!
AA Milne

IF: Proverb

September 16, 2010
 Pencil drawing--unfortunately photographed rather than scanned :)
For centuries past the ruling monarchs of Barodia had been famous for their ginger whiskers. "As lost as the King of Barodia without his whiskers" was indeed a proverb of those times. A King without a pair, and at such a crisis in his country's fortunes! It was inconceivable. 

A. A. Milne, author of  "Winnie-the-Pooh," also wrote a fairy tale called "Once on a Time." If you like Milne--or fairy tales--or both--you might want to check out the free Gutenburg e-book (with illustrations by Charles Robinson). No time for reading? There's also a free LibriVox audio dramatization!

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