Monday, March 23, 2009

A Sketchblog!

That's what this is turning in to I tell you. I say to myself "I am going to post some useful information about swords" and what happens? Here I am slapping up another batch of sketches of kids. At least this time I broke out the watercolors a bit. The first one is from my favorite old picture of Zita from a couple winters ago. The second was a really quick and loose sketch using a frayed old brushpen, and the last is Angelica who was holding a cat when I started the picture.







I'm reading the Alvin Maker series, by Orson Scott Card. This week I'm on the second book, Red Prophet, which is all about a sort of alternate universe fantasy version of Tecumseh, Tenskwatawa, William Henry Harrison, and the events that transpired within a few miles of the place where I grew up. The real, non-parallel-universe history of the battle of Tippecanoe was also the subject of my college Thesis. How did I not find these books 20 years ago when they were published?

7 comments:

Margaret Perry said...

Oh Ben! The one of Angelica is just lovely. It really captures her personality. I love it.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Mags, you're a brick.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

I'm enjoying these sketches and looking forward to the sword post.

Speaking of swords... do you think long ago God gave us wisdom teeth to replace the ones we would loose in intense battle? Now there's a question!

Ben Hatke said...

Huh. That's an interesting idea. God would shake his head sadly and say "these poor creatures are just crazy for bashing each other about with sticks and swords and fists. ...I better give them a few extra teeth.

Sadly, the ones you are most likely to lose and break are up toward the front.

regina doman said...

Angelica! Love it!

BEFORE the fall, your teeth would have automatically all shifted forward when you knocked out your front ones in an intense battle.

D.haddock said...

Nice pics, Is it the last on that was inspired from the Alvin maker series?
And Have you gotten any further than the red prophet by now? I think that everyone ought to give these books a try they really make you think!

Ben Hatke said...

Ha! That last one is my daughter. I think I'm up to Alvin Journyman. Its good, but like Ender Alvin is a little bit too perfect.