This week’s topic on Illustration Friday was “Shy”. The trouble started almost immediately. My own ambitions were getting in the way of getting things done. The challenge was to devise a scene that *screams* shyness – the only problem being the fact that shyness – by definition – doesn’t scream.
One idea after another came to life on paper only to end up meet a swift demise in the dustbin.
“This one is too obvious.”
“This one is too obscure.”
“This one is really boring.”
“This one is too sexy.”
As for that last one; it’s not clear just how far Illustration Friday will let you push the envelope – most of the stuff on there is pretty PG. After stewing on it for a few more days, the pieces finally fell into place with a quick sketch I squeezed in over lunch at work.
An all-nighter at the computer and another couple hours of finishing work resulted in this little number:
The piece seems to pick up where the last drawing (Haunt) left off: they could exist in the same world. Or, they could be two intersecting storylines in a foreign film with very little plot, but a series of poignant tableaux.
The characters seem sweet, but hopefully not toothache-inducing. For the optimal viewing experience, you can examine the drawing while listening to Big Brother and Holding Company’s version of “Summertime” from the album “Cheap Thrills”. It provides a fun, nostalgic backdrop for this fictional moment that appears to take place on the heels of summer.
Meanwhile, there are a couple new paintings queued-up and ready to post in the next few days – and the blockbuster that’s been taking up so much of my time is nearing completion. Stay tuned.
And let me know what you think, or what the drawing makes you think of… if you’re not too shy!