I’m not dead, just busy. This one was trouble, it just didn’t want to get done.
Genie, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board
Leprechauns have a mythology that stretches back to the 8th century. The word “leprechaun” means, literally, “small body”. Of course if you want a chance of a spotting a leprechaun your best bet is Ireland. However, the US has one tiny park in Portland, Oregon that is rumored to be home to leprechauns. Mills End Park is only 452 inches square and hosts a variety of flora and miniature amusements for it’s resident leprechauns.
Leprechaun, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board
The interesting thing about trolls is that they don’t really have a defined visual appearance. They have been described as everything from grotesquely monstrous to almost-human looking. In popular culture they range from the merely weird-looking troll dolls to the childhood traumatizing Trantor the Troll from Ernest Scared Stupid. So, this my take on the concept of a troll. I think he’s likely to be the bridge-lurking sort.
Troll, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board
Centaurs of course have their roots in Greek mythology. Some hypothesize that the legend originated from non-riding cultures that were awed and confused by contact with equestrian invaders. If you’d like to see a “real” centaur created from the remains of a Shetland pony and man, you can travel to the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and view creation of Bill Willers, called “The Centaur of Volos.” Otherwise, you’ll just have to make due with this little centauride braiding her hair.
Centaur, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board
So, it seems May was a disaster in terms of me staying on schedule for Illustration Daily. (I blame graduation, vacation, exhaustion, but mostly just myself) Instead of trying to catch up with the backlog, I’m going to move ahead and get back on schedule with June and finish up the missing illustrations as quickly as possible. June is all about myths and legends, so today we start with the fairy. In the early 20th century two young girls in Cottingley, England produced photographic “evidence” of fairies, Although the girls admitted to faking the photographs over 60 years later, their story and photos were convincing enough that they hoodwinked Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of the Sherlock Holmes series). Doyle was so convinced that he even wrote a book on the subject, “The Coming of the Fairies” which wove together Doyle’s theories on fairies and the photographs.
Fairy, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board