Tuesday, August 4, 2009

SKETCHBOOK: "Weekend Warrior"

I've been reading a book called "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield...it's a fictional account of the historic battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans (plus allies) fought the hordes of the Persian Empire. It's not for the faint-of-heart, but it's a great read. Oddly enough, it inspired the angel sketch above. Last Saturday afternoon, I had just finished reading a rather intense passage, then took a break to sketch a bit. For some reason, the winged warrior was where I ended up. I've always thought of angelic beings as being powerful...guess that's why, in the Bible, they always had to tell people to "Fear Not!" when they showed up on the scene. I decided to throw in the "elvish ears" to give it a little "other-ness" feel (as if the wings didn't do that enough already).

And while I'm on the subject of angels, I wanted to show a couple of little digital sketches that my dear Mom did recently with Corel Painter. She's 76 years young, and is not afraid to have some fun creating art on the "scary computer". Kudos, Mom...keep on playing!


Anonymous said...

Wow, me on a blog. Miracles never cease. Thanks, Warren. Mom

Fitz-Badger said...

I see artistic talent runs in the family!

BaronVonJ said...

Great book. I believe I recommended it, hmmmmm?

Warren said...

Yep, Jaye...you sure did! I'm re-reading it a second time. I found out that "Gates of Fire" is actually on the mandatory reading list for the U.S. Marines.

You inspire.