Saturday, June 07, 2008
The little emperor
He may well have a really sweet, loving, happy go lucky temperament, but somehow I doubt it. He was 'guarding' the cloisonné factory we visited on our way to the Great Wall. It was out in the countryside, in the middle of nowhere seemingly, but I found watching the life going on, down the drive and outside of the gates, more fascinating. The small country road opposite the gates seemed to be a main thoroughfare for farmers going to and from their land with all sorts of strange vehicles and loads. It was Mark who spotted the road sign on the little road - a circle with a line through it, so a warning, with a picture of a car with a huge flame and sparks (?) coming out of the roof! What could it mean - do not blow up your car here? I found the image on Google Images ("Chinese road signs") but am none the wiser as to it's meaning.
I didn't realise until I drew in colour how hard it is to get a good colour scan. I tried a photo but that's not much better. Although it was the face and mane that initially attracted me, I began to see all sorts of subtle colours in his grey fur. I'll talk about those on my other blog but here is a photo of the pencils I used, and a little bit of self indulgence - I can't remember where I saw it now but an illustrator had all her pencils in colour coded pots and I knew I needed to sort mine out instead of having them littered all over the desk. Trouble is, now I think I spend more time admiring the pretty colours instead of using them!
Btw, if you haven't heard that today is Drawing Day 2008, click on the link and join in!