In response to the photo challange : vibrant
Nothing like some fluorescent plastic to brighten up my day.
All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed. – Richard Adams, Watership down
Watership down is my favorite book. I shall ever be irked that it is sold as a children’s book just because its about Rabbits. If the characters were people it would be far from child friendly. I first read it by myself at 10, I barely understood half the vocabulary used. A gentleman at my art club today described it was “a reflection of the human condition but through Rabbits” which I feel is quite accurate in a way. It certainly is about how we still fight our hardships and celebrate their victory though we know it will only be fleeting.
I have had the above quote stuck in my head for a number of days now. I’m not certain that the Rabbits at work appreciated me reciting it to them though.
Many of the characters i paint or draw are personal to me. I create them, they are my own little creatures and people and, sometimes as many an artist or writer may agree you come to love them dearly.
The following are two that have been with me for 14 years now. Just before my twelfth birthday i started to draw this little green fellow and an Elf, always together, but with a knack of antagonising the other, like siblings. And indeed early on, the ‘Green Guy’ was heavily influenced by my younger brother. Green guy needed a name. It was at my Grandparents whilst stuffing my face with chocolate gateau, that i thought something based on the delicious pile of goodness would be a marvelous name. I couldn’t spell gateau, hence the name ‘Gattola’ stuck.
Gattola is a nymph, of deep forests and swampy ground, generally playful, his childlike nature however it does lead to abrupt temper tantrums. Aben, the Elf has verbal diarrhoea, especially if shes nervous, or can see a fine opening for some needling. The resurface every few years. Redesigned, renamed or repurposed. But they are a familiarity i wouldn’t be without.