|"Vampire Rat" Pencil and digital color. Copyright 2011 Jessica Boehman|
Sunday, August 28, 2011
An Ode to the Rats I've Loved
Second in my series for Halloween 2011 is this image that I made while under Hurricane Irene house arrest. Before rendering and coloring, the sketch of this drawing reminded me of the animated rats and mice that I always admired growing up: Justin from "The Secret of NIMH" (based on the book "Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh" by Robert O'Brien) and Basil from "The Great Mouse Detective" (based on one of my favorite childhood books, "Basil of Baker Street" by Eve Titus). They had an intelligent cool factor to them, especially the latter, who was based off of Sherlock Holmes. I remember squeezing in between two pieces of furniture in my sixth grade classroom during our hour to read books in order to create a little haven for myself where I would not be disturbed. That's where I followed the adventures of Basil.