I don’t know if I will be able to keep up with #childhoodweek but I want to try. I didn’t have time to do color for day one (video games/toys) I might come back to this later. It was a toss up between this (my memory of my dad bringing home a computer for the first time, the giant floppy disks, playing snake) and giant towers of legos.
I’ve been taking some courses through Society of Visual Storytelling, and each month they have an art challenge. July was “independence” so I came up with some ideas, and this story idea finally came to me, about a little marionette who is freed when her strings break. She eventually comes back and frees her friends.
Here are the initial sketches as I worked out the idea and character design.
After some feedback, I moved the scissors to the rabbit’s belt, to help make the narrative more clear.
Behold the loyal flamingo! Mighty hunter of the swamp! [Not really though, all that pink would make blending in kind hard.] But those long legs sure come in handy.
Victoria Ka’iulani, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii, fought to restore her nation’s independence after the overthrown of the monarchy on January 17, 1893. She traveled the States, arguing against annexation. She met with President Grover Cleveland, who was impressed with her and brought her case before the Congress.
“Seventy years ago, Christian America sent over Christian men and women to give religion and civilization to Hawaii. Today, three of the sons of those missionaries are at your capitol asking you to undo their father’s work. Who sent them? Who gave them the authority to break the Constitution which they swore they would uphold? Today, I, a poor weak girl with not one of my people with me and all these ‘Hawaiian’ statesmen against me, have strength to stand up for the rights of my people. Even now I can hear their wail in my heart and it gives me strength and courage and I am strong – strong in the faith of God, strong in the knowledge that I am right, strong in the strength of seventy million people who in this free land will hear my cry and will refuse to let their flag cover dishonor to mine!”
Despite her efforts, in 1894 the Republic of Hawaii was established, and on August 12, 1898 Hawaii was annexed by the United States.
“When the news of Annexation came it was bitterer than death to me,” Princess Kaʻiulani, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was bad enough to lose the throne, but infinitely worse to have the flag go down…”
In 1898, she was caught in a storm while horseback riding, and came down with pneumonia. She died at the age of 23. Her father said that since Hawaii was gone, it was fitting for her to go as well.
This is what happens when I ask my Facebook friends to tell me what to draw:
Smurfs with machetes wandering the Amazon Forest.
Riding smurf-sized dragons.
I have weird friends. Any-who, here is what I drew. I didn’t work everything in that was suggested, but whatever. I always reserve artistic rights.
About 1.5 hours in ArtRage