Illustration Friday: Stay

Illustration Friday: Stay

Pen, sepia ink and wash, with background texture scanned out of an old book and added on the computer. This came from two sources – looking at Tenniel’s dark-eyed Alice in Wonderland illustrations (which I always remember as crisp and proper but which actually have a rather sketchy line), and the “Reader’s Digest version of Titanic” which was on the wall in my hall in college for several years and ran, I recall, like this:

ROSE: Hello, I am a wealthy girl.
JACK: I am a ship’s rat.
ROSE: Let’s frolic around the ship and have fun.
ROSE: Never let go!

In other news: On the weekend, I drew heroic ducks. Polished tables are great, because spilled ink wipes right off. I bought a book of vampire paper dolls, which is less dangerous than it sounds, but still both funny and awesome. It has Count Orlok and Spike and Varney the Vampire (who sounds like a muppet but is an actual classic of the genre). But, alas, no Count (“no, wait, why don’t we… cooperate!”).

7 thoughts on “Illustration Friday: Stay

  1. There’s something a bit melancholy about this one. I like it very greatly.

    Also, the abridged Titanic cracks me up. They’re re-releasing it in the U.S. theaters next April, for…the 100th anniversary of the sinking. I will happily take the opportunity to see it again, but doesn’t that seem tacky to you?

    • Thank you!
      And “everything seems tacky to someone else”. I would go, because one day it will be more fun to say “I went to see Titanic for the 100th anniversary” than, “Oh, no, I thought it was tacky so I stayed home.” Embrace the tackiness!

      • Agreed. It’s part of my life’s work to embrace tackiness in the interests of fun. And epic romantic silliness with a 22-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio deserves a fourth theater viewing 14 years later.

  2. This illustration really resonates with me. The caterpillar looks rather morose to see this friend/sibling fly away, even though he is being so supportive.

    And that Titanic summary is very clever.

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