Probably about 20 years I submitted an idea for a writer for his fictional children's book. He didn't accept it. I thought he was really picky but, oh well, that's life. So I threw the drawing into a drawer. Who knows what ever happened to his book. I just looked him up and he died this year!
Anyway, I have pulled that thing out of the drawer many many times thinking it was a fun drawing. I've always loved Arthur Rackham's illustrations. If you have never looked at them you should. Just Google and enjoy to your little heart's delight. I keep getting sidetracked but I really have been influenced by those wonderful early 20th century illustrators-that's why I mentioned him. My drawing has a kind of Arthur Rackham feel to it-although his are darker in their mood. About a year ago I decided I was going to actually doing something with this. So I put colored pencils in front of me while I'm working and if I have some down time for a few minutes I put a few marks on this drawing. It's been slow, careful, going but fun in a satisfying way. If you look at how the 'Mona Lisa' was painted you'll learn that that was a 'picked at painting', also,-for many years.
I just thought I'd show some of the progress and then again in a while. It's going to look a lot different when I'm finished.