Monday, December 5, 2011

illustration friday (brigade)

"The Honey Brigade."

The accompanying quote is the first line of Against Idleness and Mischief, a poem by Isaac Watts
(1674 – 1748), the English theologian and hymnwriter. The poem was famously parodied by Lewis Carroll in his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in the poem How Doth the Little Crocodile, which is now better known than the original.

The washi I used for this piece is less soft and less absorbent than the cards I usually use, so I had some trouble getting the effect I wanted. But not being able to control the outcome is an important part of Etegami, so I shouldn't, and I won't, grumble about it. ; )

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  1. I don't know what effect you were hoping for, but the red and golden tones are really great. All the different perspectives on the bees makes for a great little group, too!

  2. Such wonderful little busy bees! I think it came out great.

  3. Very much a brigade, great illustration!

  4. Just like the bees that live in the hedge outside my house!

  5. I'm not sure what the effect was that you were after, but I can hardly imagine this could be any more beautiful.