Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Here's a happy doodle for Illustration Friday: "Refresh". It's a bit of an experiment ... I wanted to capture the feeling of light rain filtering through broad-leaved trees in the tropics. Rather than sourcing reference material, I decided to let my brain construct a scene from memory and desire. The result was this rather odd fantasy-symbolic scene in which the figures are marching along like ancient Egyptians on a bas-relief. I resisted the urge to tidy it up and make the plants botanically accurate and add some perspective, because that would definitely spoil the fun. The limited palette is an experiment too - I like early picture books done in that style, but haven't quite worked out how to do it yet - something to work on when I get a chance.
I just read in the paper that '63 percent of children aged 4-12 do not eat the recommended minimum daily serves of vegetables'. Imagine! I'll bet the other 37% are surreptitiously feeding theirs to the dog.