The topic is “Carry” at Illustration Friday. Another blue cat, this time a lovely creature called Delilah. As the eldest daughter, she will be inheriting the ancient elephant vehicle and the title Elephant Princess when her mother retires. She is both excited by, and dreading, the entire affair. Excited by the thought of riding the elephant in the parades, but dreading the procession of merchant cats and their tedious complaints about one another.
So glad I stopped before filling in the cat, because I think she makes a nice contrast with the very busy elephant. A bit too heavy on the outlines, but overall I think the steampunk elephant makes a worthy companion to the Cat Ship and Llama Genie Airship.
And one more thing. I’ve been listening to a great podcast while doing art over the last few weeks. It’s called The Dork Forest and is the podcast of comedian Jackie Kashian. She talks to other comics and comic book people and movie people and loads of others about whatever it is they are really enthusiastic about. Very entertaining. If you need a new thing, go see! Thanks for visiting!
Elephant photo reference; Siamese Cat Hybrid photo reference
WOW! I LOVE the patterns on the elephant! You are really pushing the envelope with these fabulous patterns.
i love this, and the cat ship and the llama airship, next time i take a trip, im flying air llama :D
love the texture:)
WOW is right! The textures on that elephant are glorious and I love the smirky look on Deliah’s face.
Another wonderful illustration, love the way you write too.
Love your steampunk elephant. Such a great additional to your menagerie! You are definiately the queen of copics.
This is an amazing illustration!!!!
Just when I thought you’ve done everything to be done with pattern, you’ve managed to bump them into another dimension! Quite beautiful.
This is amazing! great job!
I like all the different patterns used to create this. It is a feast for the eyes. I also like the idea of the huge elephant paired with the small and fearless cat. Excellent!
I very much like the contrast of Delilah and the elephant, and I think it’s all balanced quite nicely. She looks like she’s in for a good ride :)
This elephant looks good to carry things…armoured plated….is the cat big or elephant small?
Excellent question! This cat, a member of the ruling race of cats, is quite large.
Beautiful colors & textures…I love the luminance!
Oh my gosh! I absolutely love this elephant. Are these ATCs or ACEOs? This is gorgeous!!!
Duh! never mind. I got so excited I did not read the dimensions. Oh Cindy, I have been enjoying your illustrations so much! Thank you.
Thanks, Ces! I thought about making a tiny size of it! But more likely, something similar with less detail because my smallest pen is a 0.03 :)
Oh my gosh, that elephant is great!! Those patterns are perfect, and the contrast with the cat works very well. Ah and thanks for the tip about that podcast!
Oh wow. I love your work!!
Thank you for showing the whole process.
Hey there! Totally, totally AMAZING piece – I so love the way you show the development frame by frame! Thanks so much for visiting my blog – I very well may be coming to you for advice when I open the Etsy shop :) I´m actually just waiting for some postcards of the swirly piece and then I’m opening the doors! :) Leigh
Very, very cool!
I love the elephant. And I quite agree that leaving the cat light makes a nice contrast.
Wow ! This is gorgeous! Decorative and colorful I love all the patterns interweaving and creating a story!
Great illustration. I love cats. Yet again I love seeing the progression of your illustration to completion. I like that idea so much I sometimes now will do the same but I’ll be posting them to dribbble.com.
I just discovered Zentangles and now I’m seeing patterns everywhere, like in your lovely elephant. Your work is so unique and exquisite!
Thank you so much, Nora! But I have to say I hate the whole Zentangles thing. Arrgh! In my opinion, the people who “created” the Zentangles thing, while they may very well be helping a lot of people find their inner Zen doodler, did not invent or otherwise add much of anything to designs artists and doodlers have been doing for ages. I certainly never read a Zentangles book, and it burns me just a bit that people might think I’m using Zentangles-learned design.
Oh geez, please don’t take that the wrong way! I know some people are less familiar with these kinds of pattern styles and so “Zentangles” might be their first introduction. Which is totally fine! But I feel like those folks co-opted something that was not theirs to co-opt, if that makes sense. And clearly I’ll need to mention this in my next blog post because I have strong feelings about the subject. ;D
Another awesome piece, Cindy. I am always immediately drawn to your thumbnails.
Yes!!! The white cat is perfect! This is really wonderful, Cindy. Your talent and great skill is a wonderful thing!!!
Great story line. Ha! And a purrrfect illo for carry.
very cool. great line work.
Yes, the contrast between the two animals works perfect in this illustration.
I love the story. I’m the eldest daughter in my family, wish I could inherit an elephant :)
Have a nice week!!
I just love the creases and wrinkles and textures on the elephant that you expressed so very well! Elephants are my absolute favorite creatures, and you get an A++ on this one:-)
I agree about the cat. She’s a needed area of visual rest from the excitement of the elephant. (who’s complex textures are really quite intriguing!)
Wow! I’ve missed out on a few of your posts, I love where your artwork is going and this is my favourite yet. Love love love the elephant and the cat, and the enchanting story.
Thats the way to travel
WOW! Cindy, you continue to take your amazing texture and pattern to higher heights! this gives the elephant an incredible musculature even. your contrasting cat is superb. I just love it!
Absolutely love your steampunk elephant!Your textures patterns,palette and use of color is equally admirable. Lovely!
Really cool concept! She looks quite comfortable! I have to say, what I find most interesting this week is that you drew the elephant’s body first. I *always* start all of my creatures with the head! Always fun to see how different artists work!
i love you works, so colorful! thanks for visiting my blog Cindy!
wow! The detail is amazing – esepcially when you get to see the progress. Love! :)
Thank you so much! Several folks did not leave an address for me to visit back, so please accept my hearty thank you here. :)
Wonderful! I think they are both princesses!
Oh yes, those lavish & exotic patterns carry the day! What a very lucky cat that is to command such a vehicle.
p.s. I’m a Dork Forest fan too. :-)
Love the cat, it’s just purrfect as it is!
Love this! The elephant is just devine – love his tactile coat of many patterns. The cat is perfect – oozing wiht attitude… :)
your work is so very lovely…just dig all your colors! i think you may have invented a few colors of your own because i swear i never saw em on the color wheel! haha!
oh this is surely the most spectacularly patterned pachyderm on the planet! does it have a name? I’m so very in love with it!