I got back from a trip to the coast and after recovering from salt air and sun decided to sit down in front of the TV and see where my pen would take me. It was just supposed to be nothing much but once I had finished I thought it was kind of fun and decided to share it.
My latest illustration was inspired by a photo taken by John A. Anderson of "Fool Bull" in or around 1900, (Tatanko Witko 1844 - 1909). Fool Bull was a medicine man among the Brule Sioux. I was especially taken by his "Shield of Many Feathers" and the following drawing is the result of what I call my Fool Bull inspiration ...
"Inspired by Fool Bull and His Shield of Many Feathers"
I am not a portrait artist, so this is not a factual depiction of "Fool Bull". But, he seems to be a man who has inspired many an artist, myself among them.
I have applied doodle patterns to my ACEO's and thought I'd like to try my hand at a larger scale illustration using this technique. An idea came to me on Sunday, but I needed to pick up some art supplies to do it. So on Monday, after my jaunt to the Art Supply Store, I sat down and started an 8-1/2" X 11" drawing. This afternoon, Wednesday, I finally completed my attempt which I have titled:
"Reaching For The Unknown"
I think she turned out rather well, what do you think?
Today I was watching the little hummingbird outside our front room window, out of nowhere came the thought "Feathers"! Then I saw an oval with feathers flowing around, so I sat down and started a new ACEO. After several hours I am happy to show you.......
I am really having fun with this doodle technique! I finished one last night and woke up today, Jim said "Look, the Hummingbird is back...". Well, dang ... he just gave me a new idea for another ACEO! These are my last two for a couple of days, have to get ready for a show this weekend.
I awoke this morning with butterflies on my mind, Monarch Butterflies in particular. Then I had this grand idea to combine 2 ovals with a butterfly! The result is "The Merry Monarch"! Hope you like her ...