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Illustration Friday on Monday – Clumsy

Posted in Cartoons, Illustration with tags , , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by Mj Rains

This was a tough word this week.  All I could think about was a one of my cartoon character drawings to describe the word clumsy.  My Continuum teen staff suggested I draw Bella, from the Twilight series, since she’s clumsy throughout the story, and I considered it.  But this is where I ended up:  with Hank from my Hank and Shadow cartoon series in a not so graceful position.  Hope you enjoy it.

Illustration Friday on Tuesday…

Posted in Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Mj Rains


Strange how what we have on our mind enters our dreams when we’re unconscious.  After mulling over the prompt word “wilderness” on Friday, I had a two part dream — part one: I was walking with Red through the forest (I think I was wearing a hooded coat also) set on a purposeful journey, we said nothing, we carried nothing. There was snow on the ground.  Part two: I was drawing her, walking confidently up a tree-lined path, snow covered and untread upon.  This was my answer…out of dreams.   More  here.

Illustration Friday on Monday

Posted in Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by Mj Rains

The word prompt for this week on Illustration Friday is confined.  I like to wait for the word to come up on Friday. This gives me the weekend to mull it over, sketch out a couple ideas, or write some ideas out.

The word confined had me thinking; first of a cage, something caged – birds, of course, was the first image that came to mind.  A cute bird, I pictured, confined to a cage, a pretty cage perhaps, but confinement just the same.

Then I drew a person in the cage, without the bird, holding on to the bars…waiting…
            for what?
            for whom?
            for what event to happen?

Then I considered:  Who put this person in the cage?  For what reason?   Why is she not free?

The bars….they also keep this person confined…What are those bars made of?

Which led me to this drawing….
                     What Confines Us?

You may have your own list.  “Time” was one I’d thought of later…or “lack of time.”  “Perfection”, as suggested by my daughter, was another.  Again, it’s all subjective.

Link: Moonlight Illustration

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