Thursday, December 27, 2007

octopus killing shark

this piece really started out as a doodle while my students were working on an all-hour in-class writing assignment. i'm kind of stuck there monitoring them, but i can't interact w/ them in any way -- so i was doodling in my journal. the page was blue, so i thought of a water theme. i did the waves during class and then wasn't sure what to put under it.

originally i thought of a shark, and as i was looking up shark pictures on google, i found this story about an octopus caught killing the sharks in the tank. i found that extremely interesting from a philosophical standpoint -- the mean/tough bully of the ocean (which happens to have a very small brain compared to its size) is taken down by an intelligent creature with no backbone. h-m-m-m, sounds like some things in life that i know. those people who are bullies and try to force other people to bend to their will are not always going to win and will eventually be taken down by someone or something that has more intelligence and/or a better use of resources but is maybe not seen or thought of as being as "strong" as a shark.

this picture is done in a comp notebook w/ cheap acrylic paint for the background. the drawings part is done w/ a blue gel pen and the shark picture was cut out and glued in place. i was tired of working on the picture and didn't want to mess is up by drawing the shark wrong or something! no protective spray or covering was used on the page as gel pen doesn't smear unless it's wet. if the book gets that wet -- probably protective spray wouldn't save the picture anyway!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful drawing. love your work. from mr. wonderful

Sat Jan 05, 10:25:00 PM CST  
Blogger Karen Campbell said...

This is a terrific journal page -- fabulous drawings! I'm still on stick figures -- well maybe one step above LOL

Sun Jan 06, 12:03:00 AM CST  
Blogger MILLY said...

Really interesting page especially as it started off as a doodle. Just started a journal this year, trying to put a drawing in it everyday, my first ever journal. Been inspired by other people doing such great journals.

Sun Jan 06, 07:07:00 AM CST  
Blogger Roshanda said...

Great journal page and wonderful use of your time!

Sun Jan 06, 07:21:00 AM CST  
Blogger Brenda Y said...

Fascinating story and a very nicely done sketch. It's good to see you back posting!

Sun Jan 06, 07:50:00 AM CST  
Blogger iffy said...

The book will get web when the octopus reaches it's tentacle out and grabs it...hopefully, not you.

Sun Jan 06, 10:44:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Linda said...

love your drawings especially Jimmy and the tiger lily is really pretty.

Sun Jan 06, 12:21:00 PM CST  
Blogger Warren Bunch said...

Pretty cool! Neat video, too. Gonna go home and show Raven this page... She'll love it! She's been watching A LOT of Blue Planet and Planet Earth on Discovery, so she's very familiar with underwater animals... She did want to know where the mermaids live and if sharks bother them! HAHA!

Sun Jan 06, 01:30:00 PM CST  
Blogger carolk said...

Nice story about how you used your time to create and how yu were given even more to reflect on as you developed your image. that is what i love about creativity. It's so creative!!!carolK.

Sun Jan 06, 02:57:00 PM CST  
Blogger nothingpetty said...

Very nice, evocative work- simple and clean design. You just give me one more talented person to emulate (if not outright envy).

Sun Jan 06, 03:33:00 PM CST  
Blogger Shelly McC said...

Wonderful work! I love the stylised waves againts the realistic shark. Very cool!

Mon Jan 07, 04:18:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Endora Aphrattos said...

Very nice artwork, Jill. But, in all honesty, I enjoyed the reading even more. It was very interesting hearing the story and you told it so well. I seldom visit blogs and fewer still do I enjoy as much as I did this. I was totally surprised to learn the shark was a cut out. Keep up the good work!

Mon Jan 07, 04:02:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Amanda said...

This is great.

Mon Jan 14, 11:39:00 AM CST  
Blogger SideShowMom said...

How fun!!! Cool drawing! The kids watched the video 5 times before we left for school this morning! Then they both asked if I could find them a toy shark so their rubber octopus could kill it!

Tue Apr 01, 11:28:00 AM CDT  

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