1 Penny Farthing + A Gazillion Balloons

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This illustration has been “finished” many, many times. It’s finally been introduced to the official end of the line, however — pastel fixative. It was inspired by e-friends of mine who are cycling around the world and could do with a bit of floating above storm clouds on a balloon-assisted penny-farthing from time to time.

I have a theory about my obsession with balloons. Deep down, I really just want to colour in. With balloons, I get to draw lots of simple shapes then fill them all in with pretty colours. Also, everyone loves something that flies which really shouldn’t. It reminds me of my childhood love of Enid Blyton’s “The Magic Wishing Chair”. I also remember being outrageously jealous of Aladdin’s flying carpet.

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16 Comments 1 Penny Farthing + A Gazillion Balloons

  1. Margaret Tyson

    It’s fantastic Katherine. Things i notice: The symbolism of the feather that the girl holds, even though it’s the boy who holds the balloons. The colours are wonderful – the shapes of the balloons are echoed by the clouds and the colours of the balloons/clouds work across a sort of muted spectrum and overlap. The stripes/spots clothing are a lovely yin/yang comment. Are these things conscious on your behalf? (Note to Daniel: do you think that even if the artist (poet!) isn’t aware of these things, they can still be a valid response for the viewer/audience/reader?)

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    1. Katherine

      Some of the symbolism is very conscious — the feather (the female half of the couple who inspired the piece is a writer) and the ying yang clothes. The boy holding the balloons was just a composition decision — although I did have a bit of a laugh at my loyalty to gender roles when I decided to have the boy “driving” and the girl being dinked.

      I used the same limited colour palette on the balloons, background and clouds, which makes for a nice harmony. I’m going to start doing this more and more and see what happens.

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  2. Jessie

    A beautiful illustration! I used to be envious of flying carpets in the Rupert Bear books! Many a time I’d try to get the rug at home to fly, I really believed it would!x

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    1. Katherine

      Thanks to everyone for the comments. It was a really nice start to the day to find them in my inbox :D

      x

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