dancing the night away…


Another quick doodle today – and more experimentation with texture.

UPDATE: New poem from Tom to give a new spin to the image (sorry couldn’t resist!)

Across the ballroom floor they fly
two forms in single motion
binary in unity
prime numbers of devotion:

To dance, each other, and the prize
competing for the judge:
disposer of the accolades
and praise so oft begrudged.

Today they know they’ll win as one;
tomorrow they might lose
but this perfect moment lasts
so long as they both choose.

(c) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

SECOND UPDATE: Another poem from Tom with a very scientific twist (lol) – refer to comments!

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer


ready for the ball?

so what's the prince waiting for?

I’m not quite sure if she’s feeling smug or impatient… this was a very quick doodle trying to capture a more elusive type of expression – and you can read into it what you want! … with this rather loose style, it looks a more like Cinderella before the fairy godmother did her bit!

UPDATE: Here’s Tom’s poem – this girl has attitude!

You wanna piece of me? I’m sayin’
this dress won’t mend itself!
So if you wanna dance you’re payin’
or get back on the shelf!
I’ve had enough of little boys
who think they’re big tough men:
they’re still playin’ with their toys,
no cockerel for a hen
who’s got the chops I got, boyo,
you see this body here?
You wanna piece of this? Oh no!
You gotta have no fear!
So step right up and do your best.
I’ll knock you right back down
unless you pass my special test
and give me my own crown!

Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

to dream…

floating dream

Here’s a quick doodle in response to Tom’s poem about the dreaming couple… this image immediately came into my head. Dreams of floating with stars and diaphanous fish…

UPDATE:  A lovely poem from Tom which explains (?) the image…

And in this sleep of reason what fish might come
swimming through the waters of the night
while she rides the dark between the stars
blowing on the stellar wind, a kite
strung by her soul down to her lover’s bed
where he dreams base matter as she flies
past shoals of souls awaiting karmic turns
toward the source, the sun, about to rise.

Copyright (C) 2010 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

sweet dreams…

sweet dreams

Just a random doodle today. I have been trying to create images with different viewpoints recently and this is the latest result.

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! I like his interpretation!!

beside themselves they lay by each
so peaceful in repose
as he slept oblivious
her astral form arose
to tread the corridors of night
beyond the darkest star
while in dreams he wondered
should he buy a car?

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

happy dance…

where did everybody go?

Tom mentioned a while ago that he thought I should draw some elegant terns sometime – so here they are! Let’s see what he sends in as a response – he certainly won’t be able to resist!

I am trying out a new multi-image format. Elegant terns are most expressive in their movement so this seemed the best way to show them – don’t they remind you of a Snoopy happy dance?!

When trying to be expressive with animals I almost always think first of  The Abominable as the model for how it can be done – if you never have, check it out – cute, touching and full of animals!

UPDATE: Just in from Tom in the comments!

Frame 1 (Cue music):

“I’m a dancing tern
Watch and learn…

Frame 2:

“You and I
We can fly
Or swooping on fish we can dive…!”

Frame 3:

Alternative 1:

elegant terns fly
when they realize true joy
lacks all irony

Alternative 2:

shouldn’t have asked her
if she’s ever gotten laid
since she was an egg

(c) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer