Friday, 7 October 2011


100 faces by Elena Godden

I have a collection obsession - I love putting things into categories, threming a series of works, and illustrating things that are or can become part of a collection, such as Zodiac signs, breeds of animal and so on.

I could do a series of 100 bird drawings and collate it - different mismatching styles an-all into one image.

Or I could look at things that come in 13 and create birds representing or just suggesting those things.
  • 13 At Dinner (Agatha Christie)
  • 13 witches in a coven
  • A suit of playing cards
  • 13 signs of the zodiac (apparently now!)
  • Triskaidekaphobia means the fear of number 13
  • Last Supper- Jesus dined with his twelve apostles.
Something new that i found very interesting was in 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system of 13 virtues
  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
I looked for 13 sins, but could only find the original 7.

My other dilemma is whether to approach this as 13 separate images - creating a calendar for example (extra image as cover or fold out wallcander-art) Or to create this as a coehesive image including all the different characters.

Darwin! Finally I had also considered looking at ornalogical illustrators and creating a more comical simplified depiction of a set of different breeds of a bird, or even birds that change through the season.
Angry birds -

Ornithological illustration

John James Audubon

Alan Aldridge - The Peacock Party! Born in 1943 in east Londonldridge first worked as an illustrator at "The Sunday Times Magazine.'' After doing some freelance book covers for Penguin Books, He illustrated peacock Party in 1979 the art work and illustrations are truelly eye catching. I can look at this book over and over and never bore one for the imagative.

I just love this painting!

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