Those who were kids in the Sixities surely remember long afternoons spent to play with an army of little plastic soldiers. I have never been militarist, so I didn't like those kind of games, but when I had the occasion to illustrate for a competition one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales I chose to portrait the little lead soldier: so far from the classic iconography of the soldier and much more similar to a colourful nice toy.
Just a quick sketch for this week Illustration Friday challenge while I'm trying to gather the ideas for my next book project, the illustrations for a children's story written by Nicholas Goh. It is unlikely you will be able to grow such rainbow of colors in your own garden, but maybe you could easily manage to get a blue elephant to water your plants. Sketching is often a matter of thought association: the perplexed cactuses brought to my mind the book "the secret life of plants" a weird research by Peter Tompkin and Christopher Bird, edited in 1973, which introduced the intriguing idea of plants having their own emotional life as well as their own form of communication.