Since it's almost August (no, really! It is!), I've decided to get ready for naarmamo
by making a picture of some sort every Sunday; here's what I did yesterday [crossposted from capriuni
I remember reading somewhere (either from a book borrowed from the library, or in a footnote in T. H. White's "Beastiary") that the Hippogryph -- the offspring of a horse and a gryphon -- first appeared in literature as a satirical joke. You see, back in the day, it was believed that gryphons ate
horses as their primary prey. So the idea that a horse and a gryphon would be sexually attracted to each other enough to mate and have an offspring was considered the most impossible of impossible things (think "Horefeathers!").
So, once, a writer (forget who, forget when) wanted to make a point that alchemy / magic was nonsense, so he wrote an epic where there was an alchemist who rode a hippogryph.
Somewhere along the line, people forgot the satire, and took hippogryphs seriously, as a magical animal (Hello, Harry Potter
Anyway, I figured that the combination of fish-cat would have a similiar connotation for people today.
...I was going to give it bird's wings too, to make it really
odd, and also to color it in with more texture with scales and fur, and feathers. But getting the shapes right was so fiddly without a proper mouse that I ran out of enthusiasm and energy by the end...
I love this pic, I failed at commenting to my flist again this morning. I worry slightly more about the bird/fish creature than the Hippogryph, because of the drowning issue. But yes, it is lovely all the same:)
Well, yes... But if it works for mermaids (and mermen, and such), I don't see why it couldn't work for mercats. And dolphins and whales come up for air, too...
One title I thought of giving this (though it would have been even better if I'd included feathered wings) was: "Neither Fish nor Fowl." :-)
Mercat has a lovely ring to it - not to be confused with Meerkat (I have that ruddy advert in my head now) and she looks very content. Nice idea :)
oooh - today at work they had new books in, and one of them was an "art ideas for kids" book, ad I flicked through it thinking of Naarmamo and eyes aspy for any inspiration!
The age segregation makes me uncomfortable. But "Art ideas for kids" could just as easily be "Art Ideas for NaArMaMo" because it generally means art you can make with household items instead of special supplies, and that you can finish in a luxurious hour or two. *nods*
well, I viewed it with an ye on Naarmamo and I'm a very big kid!
My brain is trying to design a new comfy spot in which to write and draw. The livingroom has too many distractions.
Hooray for comfy spots! I think people often underestimate the importance of living infrastructure.
I have moved all my art supplies out of the hidden cabinet and flung them into another room where I hope to sort them before August so that I can, for example, spend the day drawing with crayons VS spend the day *looking for* crayons.
Also I have sorted out some pretty animal photo references so if I can't think of a subject I can randomly grab a horse etc. to sketch.
Edited at 2009-05-11 08:25 pm (UTC)
Your preparedness sounds marvellous. I knew where my crayons were up until yesterday when someone kindly tidied them away for me. I think I may borrow your getting-ready ideas.
I just came up with a new organization invention- I have been saving plastic cat-litter jugs for a while because they just *look* useful, so now I have at least half a dozen flat-sided, roughly gallon-size plastic containers with a handle on top and a screw top for pouring. I laid one down on its side with the handle facing forward so I could pull it off a shelf, and used a craft knife to cut a three-sided flap in the side that's now on top. Then I used magic marker to write 'Crayons and Pastels' on the cap. And voila! It holds nearly all my small packets of crayons and pastels neatly & will keep them dustfree & can be removed en masse with one tug. I
'm going to be able to organize a lot of the small stuff that way.
Oh, that's a useful idea! Currently my art stuff is mainly in a large plastic storage bin and is hard to get at because everything is on top of everything else. A dedicated art area would be a worthwhile project, and having space to work and tools at hand always causes amazing spurts of creativity.
All my stuff had been shoved in a cardboard box and in two shelves behind other stuff & it was root, root, root, to find things. This is going to work out really well. I'll subdivide a few things into ziplock bags. My next jug will be for watercolors & inks. :^)
My brain is avoiding thinking about August and how I am NEVER GOING TO FIND enough things to draw all over again. It is impossible to imagine. OH GOD. That sort of thing. I am going to carry on pretending Summer is years away la la la . . .
Now we have some nicer weather I have occasionally had the urge to draw something. I've resisted the temptation so far...
I think this warming up to it is a good idea. I won't resist next time.
It's winter that's looming here, which doesn't give me a lot to draw from (or just draw) in nature. I always have to cast about desperately for ideas and solicit them from friends. :-(
Well, come the end of August, you'll be there to witness the burgeoning hope of oncoming spring, which is always nice.
And there's always Google Images, to help with source material for drawing. :-)
True! I drew a magnolia last time. Most of August was pretty crap though.
There are daffodils in August! Even if it is too cold and windy to go outside and draw them.
There was a gorgeous magnolia against an amazing blue sky last time; lucky I had my camera with me to get a photo to work from. I'll have to make sure I have my camera up till then.
And this reminds me; I was going to make icons from some of my artwork, and that magnolia was one.
I have been busily creating clothes for an upcoming occasion, which has involved researching vintage dressmaking patterns, making sketches of evening gowns, choosing fabrics and matching colours, and lots of cutting and sewing, which definitely counts as an artistic endeavour although the design and all the really hard parts of the sewing were done by my dressmaker sister.
Sometimes I've had the urge to draw a picture but the urge has been less than fruitful, due mainly to lack of practice and very minor difficulties locating anything to draw with or on. I hope that NaArMaMo will give me all the motivation I need but I have horrible visions of lasting only two days and not doing any art for the rest of the month.
I'm going to sharpen some pencils. I plan on spending 31 days sketching Shah Rukh Khan. It's just a plan.