Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Lost" for Illustration Friday

I initially posted this image for a challenge some months back, called the "Thirty Character's" Challenge.  I didn't sign up in time to be officially on the challenge, but I did it on my own as practice.  Essentially, it was to draw thirty characters in thirty days-- as well as come up with character traits and personalities for the characters.  I did a number of characters.  Fell a bit short of creating a full thirty, but it was a good exercise.

Below is Priscilla-- she is "lost," not in the literal sense, but in the overall life sense.  The world is dark and difficult, and she is not sure what her next move should be.  Determined, though, she wants to keep pushing ahead in spite of the difficulties.  Priscilla is clipped from a larger piece, but for purposes of this illustration challenge, I'll only focus on her.

The whole piece shows anthropomorphic animals struggling, with faceless, human-esque policemen adding to their struggle.  I began it quite some time ago, and while it originally mostly focused on homelessness/how cruelly law enforcement sometimes can treat those who are on the street, the point of the piece seems to have also grown to expand the strife between OWS protesters and the polcie.  Other animals in the piece are a hummingbird, a rat, a rabbit, and a bat, to name a few.

Below, I've copied and pasted the character description I came up with. for the original challenge.  If that's a bit TL;DR (as they say in Internet-land, to describe those of us who are over-verbose like myself), scroll down to the very bottom for more links:

"Priscilla was living in a shelter, and is young-- she's only just turned eighteen.  Her parents passed away in an accident when she was sixteen, and after being bounced around, she knew she'd be better off being by herself.  She'd been at the shelter for about a year and things had been going all right.  She had a good friend, someone who was like a sister to her-- as an only child, that was something Priscilla craved.

Yet, the best friend she made at the shelter passed away.  And then, Priscilla decided to leave.  She's been by herself and on the streets for two months.  In her shopping cart, she carries her own belongings, as well as useful things she picks up.  She'll trade and barter them with other people.  The only thing she won't trade is her Dodgers tee-shirt (the one she's wearing), because it was a gift from her Dad.  She doesn't care how tattered it gets, it's the one thing she has that holds her to her old life.

Priscilla also collects stuffed animals that she finds abandoned on the  streets, and cleans them up whenever she is able to go and wash up.  She  gives a lot of them away to kids on the street who she thinks could use  them-- yet, she keeps a lot of them for herself, because she's always  loved them and finds them to be good company.  After all, a toy can only  smile at you, and never judge you-- if you have enough childhood in  your heart you can believe they're secretly real.  On an even more  practical level, a toy cannot get sick, choose to hurt you, or ruin  their own lives, thus breaking your heart in the process.  She  particularly loves stuffed toys because her Mom did.

Here is another shot, showing Priscilla's cart of items, her teddy, and even a Viola.  She traded and acquired it recently, and means to try and play it soon-- she played it seriously until she was sixteen, and keeps hoping things will calm down enough for her to pick it up again, and perhaps make some money with it.

Lastly, this is a close-up of Priscilla's face, as she is happening upon the scene of Bettina being arrested.  She is saddened but not surprised, and is planning on circling the block, hiding around the corner, and watching to see where Bettina walks, in hopes of helping her.  The two know each other in passing."

Link to Bettina the Bat, and her story here:

Link to submit to Illustration Friday:

Thanks for reading!

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