Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Crayon & watercolour - Duck


I'm especially fond of ducks, which I think was what lead me to writing and illustrating 'Little Duck' a few years ago now (published by Penguin). The picture above was an experiment with coarse grainy watercolour paper, with crayon and wash. I quite like the soft effect. It seems to capture quite well the essence of a duck. As a kid, I always liked having pet ducks, and as characters,  they're such gentle, inquisitive creatures.

To quote Michael Leunig - (Australian cartoonist/artist) 
'How will you know if a person (perhaps a politician, a policeman, a partner or a priest) is corrupt.
You must study he duck. You must play with the duck. You must talk with the duck. You must know the ways of the duck. You must look deeply into the eyes of the duck. Then looking into the face of the person, how will you know if that person is corrupt? You will know. You will know.'

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, I like the colours in this one (my brain is colour crazy at the moment). I love how the hints of brilliant colour set off the greys. Do you have a larger photo of this one? I'd love to see it in more detail (my eyesight is failing at my ancient age :D).

    (nice to see some more posts :D)