Cabbagehead Knight

Cabbagehead Knight

Here is my entry for the annual Tomie dePaola Art Award.  We had to choose one of three classic books and create an illustration in black and white only.  I chose Little Women, which I had just finished reading a year prior.  I wanted my image to stand out, so I actually chose to illustrate a story within a story.  What would a knight look like with a cabbage for a head?  Would he feel it or not?  The idea of the brave knight with a cabbagehead is a juxtaposition in and of itself.  This piece represents innovation, transformation, and humility.

Then, to top it off, I drew the final picture using chopsticks and calligraphy ink.  Talk about pressure to get it right!  I had already done several studies of both knights and cabbages in pencil, but they seemed to lack something.  Or perhaps they were simply too careful.  With chopsticks and ink you have to let everything go.  You have to let the art move through you.  It is a way to laugh at yourself and the idea of perfection.  Just like this cabbagehead.  Enjoy!

Check out some of the other fantastic entries.

The forum allows artists to comment on each other’s work.  Here is what some talented entrants said about mine:

“so good.. reminds me of this book I just came across.”
http://childrensbookalmanac.com/wp-content/uploads/Mr-Gumpy-image.jpg

-Brian Won  http://www.brianwon.net/

“So fun! Love his expression, Angela..and chopsticks? Wow! : )”

-Shirley Ng-Benitez  http://www.shirleyngbenitez.com/

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. biscuitsspace
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 22:38:01

    Nice!

    Reply

  2. Anne Stockard
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 00:11:30

    Very creative. Chopsticks and ink? I would have never thought of that in a million years:)

    Reply

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