Monday, January 30, 2012

LSC Presidential Candidates (IF Forward)

With all the hubbub about the republican candidates running for president, Lyndon State College had the four final candidates for the Presidential Search came to campus (this was for the colleges president). During the faculty meetings with them I took the opportunity to draw each one. It was the only time I had during the day to draw. Each one talked about how they would move Lyndon forward so I thought it was appropriate to post them to Illustration Friday for this weeks word.

I am looking forward to hearing the results of who is selected and I am hopeful that a good final selection will be made.

Monday, January 23, 2012

IF Twirl

This is an illustration I created a few years ago for a book I am still trying to get published. It fit the idea of Twirl well.

The title is 9 Elephants Dancing and it is for the book The Twelve Elephants of Christmas. The center elephant is a parody of one of Degas ballerinas. When I was in high school I had this dream of recreating Degas with elephants instead of women. Some Ideas just stick with you until you can get it on paper.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

IF Prepare

Here we have a kiwi bird preparing for the difficult task of tying a bow tie. What makes it more difficult is that he has no wings and yet through the act of preparing through mediation or prayer we realize that he just might be able to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

I have found this to be true in my life as well. I find that when I make time in the morning to pray, to contemplate the day ahead of me, and to meditate in silence, I am able to accomplish a great deal more. I also accomplish it with more peace than when I go into the day without the proper preparation.

Monday, January 9, 2012

IF Grounded

Bowling Ball (ˈbōli ng bôl)
These don't bounce very well. It seemed to me their weight made it difficult to leave the bonds of earth, but it still hopes to take flight one day. I am slowly coming to a better understanding of what hope is and how it can help us even in the most trying or seemingly insurmountable situations.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

101 Bow Ties in 100 days More or Less

Dalmatian (dalˈmā sh ən)

To this point I have refrained from drawing dogs. They, like cats, are too common. I prefer the odd and the unique, but when Julia suggested I do this I couldn't resist.

I have recently begun reading and studying Richard Williams book, The Animators Survival Kit, and it has reminded me again the need to be an expert drawer. It is a wonderful book for any artist. In just the first chapter, I realize I have more to improve upon. Here is to a year of drawing.

-99 to go.