4.7.09

IF: Shaky


i was attempting to use the chinese character of elephant (象) with chinese ink on rice paper, to illustrate this week's IF theme.
When this seemingly formidable giant has become shaky by losing her cool and balance point, every rat in her vicinity wants to run for life for sure with the hope that her fall is not going to impact their lives. Chaos, doubts and anxieties like this would undoubtedly prevail, just like the current economc and social situation. Market downturn, retrenchment, H1N1, etc ...The more we think about them, the more depressed and unsecured we become.
Fortunately, there is One we can always turn to. With our eyes fixed on His Words & grace , He delivers us through this chaos with peace and joy retained in our hearts.

(Chinese characters are always amazing me. Hopefully i can explore more and integrate them into daily drawing routine).

16 comments:

yati davies said...

lovely illo! can't have enough elephants... that's what i say!

Audrey said...

I love the idea of using the chinese character as the frame for the elephant - very clever, you!

Teri C said...

OMG, this is so fun and adorable! Love the look on their faces as they scamper away.

Ren said...

Nice work!

soulbrush said...

love it,love elephants

yoon see said...

Wow! So attractive and appealing!
Owl Eng, I love your chinese painting, please do more in the future!
I love everything here:)

Indigene said...

What an original concept and so well done!

matt dawson said...

Really lovely combination of bold graphic and soft edge narrative characters. Surprising, entertaining and educational! What do we learn about in Chinese script class next week :)

Butler and Bagman said...

You have such a good eye with both pen and camera.

Wicky Woo said...

awww those mice are so sweet! What an adorable illustration!

Caroline said...

Lovely, lively illustration. Super idea!

Alex said...

Nice explanation, and what a great concept! :) But don't worry though, Optimus Prime said the matrix will light our darkest hour ^_____^

Emily said...

fun little piece! and cutee little mice!

Amy C said...

lovely and stunning I love the fluid lines truly beautiful.

Asja said...

i love this concept of integrating Chinese letter into your illustration, that's very clever!
and in spite of being scared mouse look very cute to me.

sara! said...

like it owly.. looking forward for your further exploration of Chinese characters!