The prompt for the CBIG blog this month is, “Earth,” and the prompt this week for Illustration Friday is, “Journey.” After the fun I had last week putting Frankenmoo in a bottle, I decided to create* another picture of him that would work with both of these prompts. I had tons of ideas, but decided to go with this one:
This image idea came from thinking about two really great titles: 1.
Stop The World, I Want To Get Off (a play that I saw as a kid) 2. Around
The World In Eighty Days (saw the movie when I was a kid and always
loved the idea of sailing around the world in a balloon). I combined the
two titles to show Franken Moo leaving the earth in a spaceship.
Some of the inspiration for the spaceship design comes from looking
at steampunk flying machines (which are really cool looking). Some of
them have wings, which I added to the spaceship. Some of them also have
hot air balloon type things attached to the top of the flying machines.
This spaceship originally had a hot air balloon looking object on top,
helping it to fly, but it didn’t look right. I erased the balloon before
erasing the strings. I liked having the strings there, but without
anything on top, it looked a little weird … so I made them into
Now it looks like the spaceship is alive. That wasn’t my original
plan, but I like it! Happy accidents in art are excellent, even if you
can’t plan for them.
* Created by painting the black outline in ink and coloring digitally.
p.s. Happy Earth Day!