Lately, I’ve been having a blast writing Light Verse while I imagine the accompanying illustrations. Draw me a poem is a pretty apt description of the process. One portion of my mind gets occupied with finding and playing with silly rhymes. That leaves the other side (right brain, left brain?…I never know!) to free-associate images.
Draw Me A Poem – Awestruck
I posted the video below on my YouTube channel yesterday evening:
Part of the inspiration for the video came from this excellent post on awe by Eric Barker. I also took inspiration from the whimsical text by John Cassidy and Quentin Blake in their wonderful Start with a Scribble workbook. And, of course, one of my favorite “stock” characters (my mom) makes an appearance as well!
A Dog’s Life
In case you think that I’m only about cats, think again.
These days, I admit that I see our cats’ faces in most of the dogs I notice. But for this once-afraid-of-dogs illustrator, I think that’s still great improvement!
In case you’re wondering, I do work out drafts of my rhymes in my Moleskine notebook. But it happens to be a different notebook from that you see in the video above. In this “practice” notebook, I also now roughly sketch (with permanent colored pencil) the illustration so that I can plan the layout. The finished illustration – drawn freehand in ink – is then a departure from my sketch.