The grab bag of artist prompts words I picked this week are Ginger, Elephant, and Mouse. These words reminded me that I created a little book a few years ago with images that almost match the prompt words. Well, almost; enough that I thought I’d share it. The book is titled Elephant’s Ants. Ok, there’s no ginger or a mouse, but a lot of the hues and tones in the book are ginger-colored. Does that count? Ants are like mice, aren’t they?
There was no storyboard or outline before its creation. It grew organically on the pages of a little sketchbook. This is a love story featuring an Elephant and his best friend Hanz – an ant. While Hanz is off gathering morsels of food, Elephant gives a giant sneeze sending the tiny ant tumbling towards his true love – Tullic. Ant or mouse, I guess it was just the idea of a giant creature next to a tiny one.
The style of this little book is inspirational to me. I love that there was little to no planning. I had never drawn an elephant before, maybe that shows. With a little research he was passable as a character.
The message to myself is to perhaps loosen up. It has always been something that I’ve strived for but somehow I keep coming back to familiar shapes. Once again I tried to go abstract with my artist prompt words. This is the result, which I keep wanting to add detail to. At least “ginger” got a little more recognition this time.
Grab Bag of Artist Prompts Week #6
The grab bag of artist prompt words has revealed: Copper, Walking in the Woods, and Birds. I already have a few ideas. Copper flakes comes to mind first. I think another of the big lessons here is the need to understand how to use more technology, whether it’s photoshop or procreate.