Thursday, August 14, 2014
Yay! Once again it is Illustration Friday and I am Excited!
This week's topic was KING. This brought to mind thoughts of European History Freshman year in High School. I learned about SO many Royal Families that I would not even be able to tell you have of it today. Though I'm certain many of them were named George, Mary or Louis (which makes me excited.)
I also thought about certain types of world leadership that year. Like what makes a Great King was either his ability to expand the Empire, or (and more importantly) his ability to improve the life of the peoples of his Nation, and not just the lives of the wealthy, but all peoples.
As an American, I admit that I have a certain fascination when it comes to the study of a monarchy. This fascination I am certain comes from the fact
that our government was founded in the opposition of one. We have never, and more than likely will never be a monarchy here in the USA. Unless, of course, the USA Government, economy and all social systems crash and burn, leaving our nation vulnerable to invasion and that foreign power sets up a monarchy...
More than likely it will probably never happen.
Now from my perspective as a Children's Illustrator, playing with the figures of the monarchy is much more Romanticized in Nature. When you are a child, you begin to imagine what the world would be like if you were a King or a Queen or a Princess or a Prince, probably from the very moment we all learn about what they are.
...Which brings me back to King My Way (as I call this character). After thinking back through some of the a fore mentioned memories, King My Way popped up out of the cold black dark cob-webbed infested recesses of my mind.
I just sketched him on a day that I was idly doodling back in 2002 (yes the original sketch is a relic) when I doodled him out of my head. He was only EVER just a doodled character on a scrap sheet of paper, but I kept him all these years because I though he was cute. I was originally going to develop the character into a children's book that dealt with the topic of Selfishness and how it can affect or hurt others and in some cases even ourselves. The title I had intended for that book was In A World Where Everything Is MY WAY! I still may develop that story, but I had abandoned it back then due to not being able t pull a dynamic story from the concept. Also other more interesting projects came along so I shelved King My Way and his tale for some future date. I decided it was High time for me to finish a colored version. First I had to locate the drawing, which if anyone has ever been to my studio, you know that would be a challenge.
The process for color was the usual, digital collaging. I have included a few screen shots of the Work in Progress below as well.
King My Way has always had a tender spot in my heart because I believe he represents that long ago little child inside all of us that secretly makes us want to rule the world. Now that I am older I have realized that a better vision for my world has to include more than just cabinets full of powdered coffee creamer and just getting my way all the time. I've thought often this week, as I was working on this project, of some very wise words by Mick Jagger and the rest of His Rolling Stones Buddies,"You can't always get want you want. But if you try sometimes, you might get what you need." And getting just what you need, I have found, has made me a far happier little artist man in his lifetime. The little Kings and Queens of My Way that reside in the small very distant Grigotts Vaults of our minds and in our histories, I'm certain, can appreciate Mr. Jagger's lovely sentiment.
I hope all of you out there enjoy the illustration, and enjoy the rest of your Friday and your weekend. I also challenge all of you to do something. For just this weekend find or do something you absolutely want to do for just yourself and also do something or get something that you really need for yourselves this weekend. That might be a fun task to put into practice. I definitely know it's an activity all my Libra friends will enjoy. ;0)
until next time, friends,
Keep sketching, keep thinking, keep laughing and most important of all, keep making art.