Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6th, 2011: A Blustery Day and Runaway Umbrella

Ok, so I think umbrella's are cute- especially red runaway umbrellas.... and so I decided to do a quick sketch before bed, and delay practicing piano yet again. I used an adorable child's face from an old children's prose book that's filled with Jessie Willcox Smith illustrations. ( I love that book. SO MANY pretty pictures.) There is an odd shadow in the top left corner that is not on the original, but that I cannot get rid of no matter how many times I scan the picture. I am a little too tired to care much about it right now; I want to go read a book or sleep or something. Anything BUT practice piano.

Hehe. Where is the mouse? See him? I love mice at the moment. Five second cuteness right there (i.e. takes a short to draw, just incase you were confused). How about some Despereaux Tilling quotes then? (What? How did we go from kidnapping umbrella's to Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux? I don't know. I don't plan these things.)

"Once upon a time," he said out loud to the darkness. He said these words because they were the best, the most powerful words that he knew and just the saying of them comforted him." 

"There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name." 

"Despereaux marveled at his own bravery. 
He admired his own defiance. 
And then, reader, he fainted."

 "He was reading from the beginning so that he could get to the end, where the reader was assured that the knight and the fair maiden lived together happily ever after." 

"Love is ridiculous. But love is also wonderful. And powerful. And Despereaux's love for the Princess Pea would prove, in time, to be all of these things: powerful, wonderful, and ridiculous." 

I spose I got a bit carried away there. That is easy to do with such a lovely book. I love Despereaux! Is it insane to be a smidgen bit in love with such a tiny big heart? He has the most adorable over-sized ears! (Look at me gushing over a mouse.)


  1. Adorable picture! Totally makes me think of Mary Poppins. :)

  2. Aw! It does seem a bit like that. I am glad to hear you say that, because i was hoping it looked a bit London-ish, but I was too sleepy to research a London street and make sure it looked so. :P I hope I can do a color version sometime and make the umbrella actually red. Now I want to go watch Mary Poppins....

  3. Awww, it's so prettyful and cute! ^_^ I feel rather sorry for that poor girl though. :( ;)

    Hehehe, Despereaux is loverly, isn't he? ^_^

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  5. all 5 year olds fear bathtub drains and large umbrellas for these reasons!
    by the way, never, ever, chew on a book, you'll ruin the story.

  6. Yes, well, I spose I was feeling KINDA mean to put the poor girl through all that.... I was having an angsty day I must say. :P But I was trying to tone down my angst by drawing a little kid, but, as you can see, at the poor kid's expense... oh well. :P
    Chesalon, I may have to do a drawing sometime that has something to do with that chewing on a book joke... I rather like that a lot.
    SOrry I haven't posted like I should yall. Been crazy and visiting schools and sick and yeah.... ugh, trust me, I'd rather be drawing. But I am an "artsy type" and so being off kilter is sorta my right. :P At least I use that as an excuse and to comfort myself.