Professor Tortoise is a meditation instructor. Now, maybe you think that’s just a dodgy way to slip in under the Illustration Friday topic, “Teacher”. And maybe you’re right! But I did have two days of horrible unable-to-draw-anything funk, and the Professor – Henry to his friends – taught me that if I kept at it, I would eventually draw another thing I liked. (There were many wretched and frustrated hours spent thinking otherwise. It is a poor strategy for art or anything else.)
A few days earlier I finished a certain druidic cat:
Liam is a Tree Tending Instructor in the Many Wonders Woods. That’s right, another teacher! He teaches tree healing to young cat druids as well as forest sprites. Liam and Professor Tortoise were traded at illustratedatcs.com.
Thank you for stopping in! And here’s a progress slideshow!
Wise old professor tortoise, an excellent meditation instructor. I like the how the value and very simple design in the back, warms up the green and brings him right to the front of the frame. Glad you kept at it, he obviously taught you patience and persistence is fruitful.
LOL – nice one! great colour contrasts with Henry, and as you know, I totally LOVE the Druidic Cat! Happy weekend – may inspiration FLOW!!
I am sorry to hear about your lost days. Glad Henry helped you out. Very serious looking beasts this week! I wonder about the white details, are the copic markers so opaque or is it a different material that you used for those?
Hi! It’s a white gel pen I’ve been using more recently. I may switch to a tiny brush and white acrylic paint because the pens tend to clog, and the line is too thick, and it’s generally annoying at times! (The Uniball Signo seems to work a bit better than the Pentel Sunburst, haven’t tried the other brands.) Sometimes the little creatures need a bit of brightening up. Still trying to figure out what works best.
I love Proffessor Tortoise! Such wise and serious face and love those strong textured front legs.
It’s great to see an artist who is so dedicated to a unique individual style. Your work is beautiful and consistent!
Happy ATC making!
Terrific tortoise, cosmic cat. Well done!
Your strategy works
Love the tortoise!!! His color really pops! And unfortunately I can relate to those creative funks only too well!!!!! Glad to see you emerged from yours!
Prof Tortoise looks like he means business! Isn’t the art-process a roller coaster ride? Looks like these two have you on the up-swing :)
Sorry for the lost time etc. but guess if it were that simple even your Mom could do Art (NOT) Keep those critters & stories coming!! Your devoted fan, Mom
Turtles do have a very wise look about them, as do cats! The druidic cat is especially cool to me. All of your recent work is super! I love the maidens and all of the colorful ACTs. I’m very envious of how much work you get done!
Ahhh, I know that lost-creativity (lost-self?!) funk feeling all too well. But you really pushed through with a winner to show!
Hi Cindy, these are two excellent illustrations, the turtle can certainly teach us a lot, but sometimes it strikes me as an animal very little expressive
maybe the cat is a bit more expressive but not to tell their ancestral secrets, no?
Thanks for your comment, Ha Ha, yes maybe the man that is fallen, in my illustration is taking a nap. not bad, learn, is a bit tiring. good weekend for you:)))))
I would take their classes, Cindy. I like these very much. The wrinkles and folds in the turtle combined with the flowered shell are priceless. I like the flowing line of the headdress on the cat and have liked every single cat you have ever done. Are you a cat person, Cindy?
I would call myself a dog person, but I do love most animals and when I’ve worked in shelters I’ve worked with dogs AND cats. I am probably going to start trying to do portraits of Wilson, my dog (see Wilson the Snackmaster page in my sidebar). I am worried they won’t look right which may be why I’ve done more cats recently. But people have been asking for pet portraits. Ack! I think I’m better equipped to do them now than I was a year ago, though. :)
I love this little green guy. He makes me want to take my pics of Mr. Turtle and paint him.