Posting at a snail’s pace

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “snail.”

I was going to write something about how we all carry “home” with us, for better or worse, or yet another version of “the race is not to the swift,” but hey, this is better:

A snail shell is an example of a logarithmic spiral, which means the overall shape stays the same even when the spiral increases.  (This unique mathematical property is called self-similarity, if you’re interested.)  Logarithmic spirals  are also called miraculous or marvelous spirals, and how lovely is *that*?  They occur throughout nature, and can be seen — according to a couple of online sources —  in the growth pattern of sunflower heads, in tropical cyclones, in mollusk shells, and in the arms of spiral galaxies.

These snails (which, by the way, are not logarithmic, or even drawn from reference) are watercolor and Verithin colored pencil on Canson Montval paper.

A quality act

The Illustration Friday theme is “vintage,” which for some reason made me think of old-time vaudeville.  That, in turn, reminded me of Alan Price’s 1960-something hit, “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear.”  (If you’ve never heard it, you can watch the Muppets’ version here.  I’ll warn you, though, the song will be in your head for *days*.)

Anyway, that kind of led to this:

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And yes, this is a loose definition of “vintage,” but I like to think I haven’t hit my peak yet!

Watercolor, colored pencil and ink on Canson Montval paper.

 

Trying something new

The Illustration Friday theme is “dragon,” so I did a couple of quick sketches:

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Since these little dragons were trying out new skills, I decided I should, too.  I dug out some woodless colored pencils I got as a gift a while back, and used them to color the sketches.

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The pencils don’t have a brand name on the barrel, so I’m not sure who made them. They’re really shiny and pretty (and heavy!), and it’s a pleasure to hold them.  Now, if I can just figure out how to use them…

 

Blue skies and warm breezes

Well, actually, the sky’s gray and it’s in the 40s (F) here.  The Illustration Friday theme is “tropical,” though, so…

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Even a polar bear can use a vacation now and then!

Watercolor, ink, and Faber-Castell colored pencils in a Canson Monval field watercolor book.

Edited to add this work-in-progress pic, courtesy of Michael:

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Whirling around again

The Illustration Friday theme is “whimsical,” so here for an encore is Gertie, who’s still trying to perfect her pirouettes.  This is one of my favorite pieces.

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The original’s in a 7″ x10″ Canson Montval watercolor field book; it’s watercolor and colored pencil.  (Sorry about the crummy scan.  I’m having computer issues this morning.)

Just my imagination

The Illustration Friday theme is “monster.”  Like Dr. Frankenstein, I cobbled this together from bits and pieces, though instead of Igor, my assistant was Photoshop.

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The quote reads, “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”  A nice thought…

This is a combination of three separate illustrations. All three are (mostly) watercolor and colored pencil on Canson Montval paper.