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Illustration Daily(ish) – Number 190: Vampire

So spooky! Slowly plugging away on these. I’m working on a project that I can’t share yet which is taking up a lot of my time right now. I’m also building up some other supporting work and getting ready for a race and a conference. (There is a little bit of procrastination in the mix too, but it sounds so much better to just be extraordinarily busy.)

190Vampire

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

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Illustration Daily – Day 188: Leprechaun

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.

188Leprechaun

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

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Illustration Daily – Day 187: Troll

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.

187Troll

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

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Illustration Daily – Day 186: Centaur

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.

186Centaur

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

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Illustration Daily – Day 185: Fairy

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.

185Fairy

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

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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!

158Wedding

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

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