Today, we travel to the arctic to meet a couple of baby harp seals named, well, actually I don’t know what their names are so we’ll just call them Suzy and Michael. Though I’m not sure which is which as I have no idea how to check the gender of a harp seal (much like cats) and they could easily both be male, in which case, apologies to Suzy for the less than masculine name.
These little furry, roly-poly guys were super tough to doodlewash because of their lack of defined features and white fur. After a quick light contour pencil sketch, I used only Gamboge, Cobalt Blue with Neutral Tint, started layering slowly, and just sort of hoped they’d appear out of the mist. Since I always start with the eyes, they were staring at me hopefully, as if rooting me on, the entire time I was attempting to give them heads and bodies. I stopped as soon as they sort of showed up because I also have a Lego Christmas set to complete.
Even though the weather is oddly warm for this time of year, I’m determined to imagine snowy places in my head. While I was hoping to light a fire tonight, it would require turning the air conditioner on first. The meteorologists had initially forecast snow, but instead, it’s been raining here for the past 24 hours. Snow would have been a lovely sight, but now it’s just gloomy and looks like all the trees got naked for no reason at all.
I remember always hoping for snow at Christmas when I was kid and that really hasn’t changed since I’ve become an adult. Philippe assures me that it’s quite impossible this year due to something complex about a polar vortex that made my brain numb and my inner child scream, “Stupid vortex! Stop ruining Christmas!” No matter what happens when the big day grows near, whenever I close my eyes, I’ll continue to imagine snowy scenes fit to welcome Santa (yes, of course, I’m aware that the one coming to my house is likely over six feet tall and Parisian, but as long as there’s a stocking magically full come Christmas morning, it’s the real deal! Can’t wait!).
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