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.
"Desenzano del Garda, in the shadows of the Italian Alpes, looking over Lake Garda, for almost 40 years, a local man quietly lived in the world of imagination until a publisher discovered his works. Paolo Avigo recited poetry in images of fairytales, riddles, paradoxes, and hearsay. Seeing his works turned the viewers into Alice in Wonderland. From childish doodle to fleeting painting to soothing abstract, Paolo's paintings have a special quality that appeals to the child in us yet incredibly sophisticated and mystical. In 125 pages, this book tries to share to the world the vision of a common man, simple, yet tender and beautiful like the first sight of sunlight on a cold winter day." D. Van (Toku Publishings - Los Angeles)