Monday, January 24, 2005


The Seasons - Illustration Friday

It's been a very busy week, so this is late, and I haven't gone beyond pencil sketches. I do intend to paint these images soon, though.

These sketches are supposed to represent one person through the seasons of her life, changing, yet staying the same. Should be clearer once I add some color, I think.

Thursday, January 13, 2005


Balance - Illustration Friday

I discarded all the initial ideas that came to mind when I saw this week's Illustration Friday topic - a tower of animals and acrobats, a tight-rope walker, and so on. Then I thought of the flamingoes we saw on vacation last week, balancing on one foot very comfortably. Added a toddler trying to imitate the flamingo - on a beach - at sunset. Many balances in the image now: human and bird, land and sea, day and night.

Here's the pencil sketch I started with for this illustration:

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Disaster Relief - Illustration Friday

Disaster Relief was last week's Illustration Friday topic. I couldn't finish my piece on time because I was on vacation. The night after I saw the topic posted, this image came to me in a dream (well, nightmare, actually), so I felt compelled to get it down on paper.

I think of the tsunami whenever I see water now. I give my daughter extra hugs at bathtime, thinking of all the little children who were swept away, and worse, of the ones whose parents were swept away. I remember reading in November about how the latest vintage-styled Red Cross T-shirt has become a fashion statement - apparently, Julianne Moore was wearing it on a walk with her child. I guess those were the influences showing up in my dream.

Here's the pencil sketch I started out with for this illustration:

I used to live in Chennai a long time ago, and my girl scout troop used to meet on the beach at 8am on Sundays. We would have been washed away if this earthquake had happened two decades ago - and that's not a very long time on a geological timeline. I keep wondering if the troop still exists (existed?). I don't really want to find out, though ...

Saturday, December 18, 2004


Starting off on Illustration Friday ...

This week's Illustration Friday topic - Adoption - reminded me of my latest illustration, so I decided to sign up and link to it.

I don't know where I'm going to find the time to do a finished illustration every week just for fun, but I've got to try ...

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