A few weeks ago I finally got hold of a copy of Mythomorphia. I have to say I LOVE this book. Mythomorphia features Kerby Rosanes’ quirky art style but with less of the swarms of doodle characters (which i do love too, by the way,) and more fully finished pictures with backgrounds included. Mythomorphia is filled with pictures of mythical creatures just as the title suggests. My middle son, Chayton, who has a passion for mythology, and I had a lot of fun looking through the book and naming each of the creatures. Chayton corrected me with the snake haired lady. I didn’t realise that she was a ‘gorgon’ and not a ‘Medusa’… ‘Medusa’ being the name of one poor, unfortunate woman who was turned into a gorgon by an angry god. He got all of them , by the way, except for the tree lady… we weren’t sure what they were called… I thought ‘sylphs’ or ‘nymphs’. Any ideas?
Amongst all the lovely fantastic creatures I spotted the picture of the Harpy and knew straight away which one I wanted to colour first. Myra, my personal harpy muse, would not be happy to meet this brash young squab. I think she would chase her out of her territory quick smart! This young bird lady was a nuisance, refusing to tell me the colour of her feathers and I had to colour the background first before she was assured of my colouring skills. The background was blank so I decided to add to her dramatic pose by creating a sunset complete with purple clouds. I did a little googling of cloudy sunsets to get a feel for the right colours. Finally she informed me that her plumage was brown with black, green and yellow tips.
I coloured this picture completely using double ended Colleen pencils. I have this thing where I like to challenge myself to produce good work using cheaper pencils. I really want to finish a pic using only children’s crayola’s or Faber Castell Classics. I also have an impressive, huge set of Crayola Escapes sent to me a while ago by a lovely lady Doreen. She sent them to me in a nice little case and even included a hand drawn colour chart! Thanks Doreen for those. I’ve never seen them in Australia and I’m not sure they’re even available here. Such gorgeous colours! I’ve tried them already and they are good pencils for their category. A have a few little test pictures (my own art) coloured with them and I’m getting confident enough with knowing their individual personalities to move onto one of my precious colouring books with them. Stay tuned.