With a Little Help From My Muse ~ By Annina Luck
Illustration by Stephen Ingram
My illustration Muse is called....
I’ll just google the name of the appropriate Greek muse and fill in the blank. Wasn’t there a muse of art or illustration or something like that? I would even settle for the muse of sculpture.
But there IS no such Greek muse among the nine. Turns out the Ancient Greeks held artists and sculptors in low regard. So I’d welcome any suggestions for a name.
In the meantime, while I know there is no computer on illustrator Stephen Ingram’s drafting table above, I do want to share one way of inviting her in when you’ve got nothing.
About a year ago, I discovered illustration prompts on Twitter and was so pleased by the inspiration they provided that I wrote an article for the SCBWI Winter 2017 Bulletin.
I ‘d like to add a postscript here about how helpful they are.
The #scbwidrawthis prompt for the month of March was “March”. I thought and thought and sketched a little. Then I decided to go on line and see what other illustrators had already posted. I typed the hashtag in to the Twitter search.
An entry by Julie Rowan-Zoch caught my eye right away. First, because it was beautifully drawn.
Illustration by Julie Rowan-Zoch
The little boy is bundled up in a big scarf and a fabulous fluffy sweater. Right away I thought—blustery March, March wind, and March—“in like a lamb out like a lion” or was it
vice versa? My brain was percolating. And then, I realized ... as wonderful as all this was and worthy of an A++ for fulfilling the prompt, there was something else.
It didn’t strike me right away I think because the drawing is black and white and also the little boy is so captivating. But I now noticed the telltale Pussy hat. Was the boy attending the Women’s March on Washington? Wow. So here was yet another meaning to the prompt word woven into the piece—the little boy wasn’t only bundled up but he might be at a march. Possibly a historic one. Brilliant!
“Now you do something like that Annina,” said my muse and bopped me on the head.