Thursday, March 13, 2008

Octopus's Garden






















I didn't have time for a painting this week but the prompt was just irresistible, so I did a drawing instead. It's Dr. Martin's bleedproof white (with a flexible crowquill) on black Canson paper, 7x7". Click for more detail... can't see much at this size.

I added the text from an old children's natural history book in Photoshop.

Our town is suffering its worst drought in recorded history, & I'm not allowed to water my garden, so I'm jealous of this fellow. Obviously there are no restrictions in his district!

27 comments:

neilornstein said...

this is a delightful piece although there is a certain, shall we say, coals to newcastle aspect to the entire endeavour.
regards, N

neilornstein said...
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neilornstein said...

unless of course this fellow is a terestrial/ avian octopoid in which case it all makes perfect sense

Leah said...

love the drawing!! and of course your name is fabulous too. ;-)

KarinaCocq said...

gneial dibujo...buenisimos detalles, me encanto...el pulpo y su jardín

nessadee said...

Beautiful piece and wonderful concept!

Thanks for the comment!

rebecca woodward said...

Oh my...I'm so glad you made comment on my blog so I could come and check yours out. I just LOVE your work! This octopus is wonderful, a great composition with the text and color too. I'll keep an eye on your blog from now on, that's for sure.

Cindy DiBlasi said...

What a great concept! I'm glad to see you took up the challenge, I love to see your new work.

Richard said...

This is just great Leah! I love the whimsy, and delicate look of your ink work in this piece. Lots of nifty detail to enjoy as well.
Hope you get some rain soon (you can have some of ours),

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Nicola said...

I agree this needs to be viewed up close--I clicked on "Octopus's Garden" and, wow, I was in another dimension. Brilliant!

Diana Evans said...

oh what a cool take...love it!

Janice said...

the beatles.... what a great take!

Richard Cardona said...

what a fantastic piece. this is great work. really awesome!

Ellen said...

I am awed!

cathy june said...

Fascinating!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful - wonderful technique and the concept is terrific.

Nemo said...

Delightful! I love the old engraving look...

Catherine said...

I love it ! Really ! It is so rich in details and the composition is excellent, congratulations !

Roz Foster said...

Wow. Your stuff is brilliant!

Nemo said...

Oh, my God! As the link viewer of IF show only a static page, I haven´t seen the rest of your work...and I have to say that it´s one of the more original, amazing, eeriily and inspiring I´ve found a long time ago!!
Great discover, I´m absolutely astonished...
Right now I link your website in my blog, so I´ll check out your work oftenly.
Greetings!

tanaudel said...

That's lovely - so ghostly and detailed.

Diana Evans said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Daily artwork gallery said...

Sea creatures are allways so interesting and strange. I like the white line on blue. Perfect! Nice you liked my drawing too!

Cecilia Levy said...

oh! I wish this was my garden instead of the frozen tundra outside our house... Thanks for commenting on my illustration, I'm glad I discovered your blog.

Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

Awesome.

josée said...

Absolutely beautiful octopus!
VRAIMENT SUPERBE!!!

Nguyen Duc said...

My daughter and I have this. Even the look on the baby's face. What great illustration work. Very nicely done! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I know how busy it gets and I really do appreciate you taking time to do so.
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