"I wish I had larger shoulders/ I wish I had a back of a mule./ Doing my job, and living my life. . . ."
Taken from a poem written by Matt Ross (rossmat5msu)
Matt wrote this poem for his new group Poetry in Stream-- I thought his idea for the group sounded intriguing.
This is my drawing of a donkey (I had to use an old piece of clip art as a reference since I don't have a pet donkey to model for me!) rather than a mule, but since a mule is the hybrid offspring of a donkey and a horse, I thought it would work.
This is one of my first pieces created on Illustrator and drawn with an inexpensive and truly horrible pen tablet (which shall remain nameless). The poem is simple and one of the few I've written for children, and It deals with my favorite time of year (and my favorite subject for my seasonal poetry). Halloween is the only holiday I really enjoy, and I love the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of fall. Fall is so sweetly melancholy, reminding us gently of both the ephemeral nature of life and the equally ephemeral life in nature
Check out my book of poetry, Elementa. You can see the cover here: www.flickr.com/photos/grafixer/2342218363/in/set-72157604...
You can read Luan Gaines review of Elementa at www.curledup.com/elementa.htm
and read the interview at www.curledup.com/intfgoble.htm
Also, you can read more about our new literary review www.ganderpress.com/review/
A cover illustration for a novella which was accepted by Bewildering Stories. Here's a link to the publication. You can access all the chapters from the page: www.bewilderingstories.com/issue461/birdland2.html
For the Illustration Friday group, I point out that the man's scrubs are really WRINKLED!!! In the story the hero (Michael) is an escapee from protective custody in a scientific institute in a post-apocalyptic, Utopian society (where he is being studied because of his brain's unusual ability to work as a receiver for radio waves), and naturally escapees don't usually have access to irons or dry cleaning. Also Michael's brain is his most valuable organ; WRINKLES are characteristic of maturing brains; what Hercule Poirot used to call "the little gray cells" are composed of wrinkled (and therefore imprinted with memory and knowledge) matter--thus wrinkles are an integral part of the story in two ways.
You can hear Sarah Vaughan's classic rendition of "Lullaby of Birdland" at
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Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He recopies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He's convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.
In the final analysis, a drawing simply is no longer a drawing, no matter how self-sufficient its execution may be. It is a symbol, and the more profoundly the imaginary lines of projection meet higher dimensions, the better.
I could draw Bloom County with my nose and pay my cleaning lady to write it, and I'd bet I wouldn't lose 10 % of my papers over the next twenty years. Such is the nature of comic-strips. Once established, their half-life is usually more than nuclear waste.