Flipside: The White Snake is new to me and up my alley. Insight and power through transgressive eating! Talking animals! False accusations! I am about half-done the initial sketch for a prospective design. In some ways I love it, but worry it's a little too classic-leaning. It'll be a larger woodblock, with lots of carving details and possibly some hand-coloring post-print. Other notions are floating around my noggin; I'm currently in this sketch's pacing stage. Half of it is taped across the dining room table and I keep walking past, glancing over as if it's some person I'm trying to assess for conversational interest.
This is also the image gathering stage, which is meandering, but ultimately fruitful.
|The hair band: surprisingly difficult to weed out. Heh.|
Other Crittery Tidbits:
A search on snake scales yielded a study about "Limbless Locomotion," which has a great ring, doesn't it?
Figure 1. How do land animals move without legs? Limbless animals tend to be long and slender, such as the corn snake shown above. One benefit this gives them is the ability to hide in narrow spaces under branches and leaves. To move along flat ground, snakes use a variety of limbless "gaits" analogous to a horse's walk, trot and gallop. We study here the simplest of the snake's gaits, slithering.
Please consult figure 4 for my favorite part, "Enveloped in Cloth." Hee.
A raven search yielded a man's interesting blog post about a raven warning him away from danger.
Ravens also led me to some good photos posted on a pigeon forum; riiiiight, if Bert were real, he'd totally be on here! I was lured in by the novelty of it. The pigeon fanciers have the expected discussions -- common pigeon diseases, where are you in training your young bird, "Hall of Love" photo memorials, etc. Plus, it totally schooled me on one of those things I knew nothing about but was weirdly certain of: namely that pigeon racing exists. It's alive and well and at least a few people are out there "Looking for some good white racing pigeons..." Ginger: mea culpa, my apologies, you're totally right, pigeons are raced. But you knew that already...
Will post design photos when farther along...
Good Night and Happy Week, Everyone!