-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (Book #3)
First, I'm excited to point out that you can now click my blog images which will allow you to zoom in on all that meticulous work I did! Go ahead, try it out :) Granted, this isn't a professionally digitized version of the illustration, only a cell phone photo taken by yours truly.
Second, well, I guess that would be my explanation for this illustration. When I started this drawing back in January-
*Glances at calendar and raises eyebrow*
Wow, that's two months shy of a year ago now... anyway, with my then current circumstances I didn't expect to be making any large or consistent strides with the progress of my projects, and with the move, perpetually limited resources, and less than encouraging improvement with my unresolved pain/chronic exhaustion (it's been nearly 13 years since my earliest symptoms) I wanted to create a Weekly Words illustration to communicate that I'm "here to stay" so to speak... err, type. I have not given up on my art, and even though my creations may take more time than some other artist's, they will be completed.
For this Weekly Words drawing the quote chose me. What I mean by that is, I didn't have a well-formed theme or image that I wanted to go by, I just read through a lot of quotes until this one tapped on my heart and said, "I bet I can sum up what it is that you want to say." I would describe my creative process and artwork as both a lot of fun and fraught with solemnity. Kind of like my personality... no wonder I feel so awkward.
So, in this drawing there's a dragon crawling out of the canvas. That's just the kind of thing that happens when you create with too much "FEAR Inside" a very potent brand of emotion-medium. I spilled the entire contents and didn't realize until it was too late. The other cans contain the elements you need to create any good dragon, like "Fire" and "Beast Magic".
The artist is me, although my real nose isn't that flat. The hair is pretty accurate though.
A total list of the names on the cans (and tube) (italics being brand names) include: "Fire" "Strength" "Freedom" "Beast Magic" "Wrath" "Fear Inside" and of course, a big 'ol reliable can of "Umm". I think artists paint and draw, ect. with "Umm" more often than anyone realizes, or admits. But that's a post for another time.
Also, can you find the nightmare owl hidden in this drawing? They've been hanging around like ghosts hang around in people's photos ever since I met them in the sakura pearl bubbletree forest.
"Born in Yate, England, on July 31, 1965, J.K. Rowling came from humble economic means before writing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a children's fantasy novel. The work was an international hit and Rowling wrote six more books in the series, which sold hundreds of millions of copies and was adapted into a blockbuster film franchise."
I read about and watched a video on this author here: www.biography.com/people/jk-rowling-40998#!