>> Sunday, January 08, 2006
After taking a couple of weeks off, I'm happy to be doing another Illustration Friday. This is an illustration for the Edward Lear poem "The Owl and the Pussycat". The whole poem is here along with Lear's original illustration. Part of the challenge for me was to work on painting the sea itself, water can be tricky. I didn't want to be exactly realistic, of course, but I wanted to really suggest the sea in a simple way. (As usual you can click on the picture to see it larger.)
Another reason I wanted to do this illustration is to possibly use as my first ATC. ATC stands for "Artist Trading Cards". I just discovered this idea (and I have my first swap all lined up) thanks to a talented contact from Flickr. I looked "ATC" up online and learned more about them from this site. I have lots of ideas for mine. I want to have an illustration printed on them but they need to be handmade too, and be one-of-a-kind or at least one of a series. I'll post mine when I'm finished, and of course I'd love to do more swaps!