My first entry for Illustration Friday. This week’s topic: FUEL.
My first thought was to do a robot shaking an empty gas or oil can into his mouth (or into a receptacle on his head, or wherever the oil entry point might be). But I have been on a colorful farm animal kick (most recently steampunk farm animals, several of which you can find in recent posts!), and I have been liking goats. So I thought, what silly thing can I show a goat eating? Perhaps some long johns or socks. So I had a plan.
As you will see, this plan fell apart during sketching. I did not leave enough room for a recognizable sock at the bottom (not a giant one like I wanted) but I did leave some room at the top. So clearly the fueling would have to take place above. I thought about giving him a beer hat contraption (ah, a few weeks late for that topic, I know!), maybe with something silly in it like orange juice. But I didn’t want to cover his face with a straw. So I decided another creature would be on top of his head, fueling him through a pipe in his head. I’m not sure why I thought this! Here is the result:
This seems to me prime fodder for a trick I found while browsing last week’s entries: Bella Sinclair’s Doodlespot, in fact, in the following query to her readers, “What do you think is going on here?” So, I would do that, except I am a first timer to IF and I do not know if people will get a chance to visit me, straggler entrant #673 or whatever number it may be. (But if you do, feel free to let me know what you think is going on in this picture!)
If you have been kind enough to visit and read this far and don’t want to have to come up with a story for the above, this is how I see it:
The pink creature is one of many thousands of similar creatures on a small planet really, really far away. About four hundred years ago (our time), a garbage scow from earth was picked up by this civilization, and the only item they kept was an old picture album depicting life on a farm. They were completely enchanted by the farm animals, which became very popular subjects for their art. So popular, in fact, that when the time came to re-design the planet’s power plant, they used goats, chickens, and llamas as decorative statuary to hold the massive tanks and wiring. In the picture above, one of these enormous goats is getting a shot of oil that will keep him in perfect working order for another seven months or so.
Oh! (Sorry, this is probably too long, lol) I wanted to post the initial sketch and some early coloring (with Copic markers):
I used Copic markers and pens for this 6″ x 9″ drawing on 150 lb. smooth drawing paper. Thank you so, so much for dropping in!