Tales from the Sketchbook: I’m Not Sure What This Is, Either

Yes, I still draw, though I haven’t posted too much in a while: I’ve been a bit distracted, and most of my drawing has been either cartoon lizards or preliminary designs for a large mural, and not something I could really talk about it in the way that I do character pictures. Most of my pictures are, if not planned, than at least in pursuit of some sort of image. A landscape. A character. An item. Then every now and then, something like this comes along.

This is that picture I occasionally mention that gave me the story idea with the objects being able to gain sentience. Aside from that, I’m not sure I could say what it is any more than anyone else could. An experiment in fairy tale logic, perhaps?

It was a relatively normal day. I’d finished drawing the week’s promotional picture for the library email, there was a piece of paper in front of me, and I started sketching. First the lizard. Then the tree. Then the bird–I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be a pheasant or a peacock or what. Somewhere in the process, an ant fell onto my sheet, right in the blank area, got to its feet and meandered off, and I followed it with the pencil, giving me the slope of the center hill. I’m not sure if that was before or after the left hand trunk (I liked the way the tree framed it on the left)–but it was definitely before the ants that, after a bit of wavering, I decided were adding to the moon cradled in the tree’s twigs rather than taking away from it. I may not be fond of ants, but the little things deserve some respect every now and then.

Note that this is the pencil version. I’ve done up the coloring sheet photocopy, but I’m definitely not looking forward to inking all those trees!

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