Illustration Daily – Day 158: Wedding

Bat wedding! Alright, I’ve been super-inconsistent on posting these last few weeks. I had hoped that after getting the whole graduation thing done that I’d have time to catch up on everything. I was kind-of right, life caught up with me. And I’m going to be away from my drawing table for the next week. I will be posting sketches in the meantime. I hope you enjoy this one!

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Wedding, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily – Day 155: Independence Day

Forgive me for skipping the trivia today. I’m focusing on catching up on the illustrations so my writing may take a hit for the next few posts. So, here we are, continuing with May’s theme of events, with Independence Day.

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Independence Day, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily – Day 154: New Baby

How about some world record holding babies? So just for scale an average newborn is 7.5lbs. and around 20in. long. The heaviest baby to ever be born weighed in at 22lbs 8oz while the lightest documented infant weighed a mere 9.17oz.  The longest baby on record was 28 inches long (making him taller than some of the shortest people in the world.) The record for shortest baby is a paltry 9.44in who was born 108 day premature. But one of the strangest records for infants is for having the most teeth at birth. The record is heald by Sean Keaney who was born with 12 teeth, which were extracted to prevent problems with feeding, however, Keaney grew a second full set of teeth at 18 months.

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New Baby, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily – Day 153: May Day

Still playing catch-up. I expect to be back on track by the end of the weekend. So, finally I’m getting the May’s theme: Events. And to start the month we have May Day and a May Queen. The day is both a day of day of celebration (yay – summer!) and protest (yay – worker’s rights!). However, the holiday May Day and the distress signal, “mayday” have nothing to do with one another. The later is actually rooted in the French “venez m’aider” or “come help me'”.

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May Day, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily – Day 152: Tricycle

The tricycle actually pre-dates the bicycle with the first version being a hand-cranked model invented by the watchmaker Stephan Farffler in 1655, this trike is also considered to be the first self-propelled wheel-chair as Farffler, who was unable to walk, developed it in order to improve his mobility. Since then trikes have been improved and redesigned for both adults and children and a bevy of other uses. (I have especially fond memories of my Big Wheel.) But artist Sergio Garcia turned tricycle design to the surreal with his show ‘Infinite Chapters’ in 2014. Garcia’s tricycles bend and twist into knots, hearts, and circles and are delightfully curious to look at.

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Tricycle, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily – Day 151: Ball

One of the most ubiquitous playthings, the ball is one of the most versatile toys around. And the only thing better than playing with ball with a friend is playing in a ball pit. The first ball pit (or ball crawl) was designed by Eric McMillan and installed at the San Diego Sea World in 1976. It is possible that McMillan took his inspiration from a therapeutic device for children with physical disabilities but no matter where the idea came from, the ball pit has become a fixture of the childhood experience.

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Ball, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily – Day 150: Rattle

Rattles have been used to soothe and entertain infants since antiquity. Rattles can simple, like a clay pillow filled with small balls, found in an 2500-year-old burial site in Poland. Then there are more elaborate rattles, status symbols like the $45,000 diamond, sapphire, and ruby encrusted rattle designed for Princess Charlotte. But if you need a rattle in pinch you can always download one of the many rattle-apps to your phone.

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Rattle, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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Illustration Daily – Day 149: Jack in the Box

The legendary inspiration for the Jack in the Box comes from the 14th century rector John Schorne who reportably was able to cast the devil into a boot. Some believe that depictions of Schorne holding a boot with the devil’s head poking was the muse that inspired the first toymakers. The first documentation of a Jack in the Box comes from quite a bit later, the early 16th century, when a German clockmaker created one for a local prince. The toy was so popular with the nobility, that soon it was was in great demand. You may have noticed I’m running a few days behind. Sorry about that, it’s been a crazy month. I’m working hard to catch up, so in the next few days I’ll be back on track to start the new month’s theme: Events.

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Jack in the Box, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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