Daily Archives: September 2, 2009

Fireflies

I want to warn you ahead of time that I don’t have the finished illustration that would normally follow the series of sketches below.  I must have gotten rid of it, or else it’s boxed away somewhere in my attic (I moved last November and am still unpacking).

A while back I got an assignment to illustrate a cover for a summer issue of StoryWorks magazine.  The art director asked for fireflies reading books. Sounds like a fun idea—I went to work drawing variations of it.

The first one works, but it’s kind of the obvious solution:

firefly.book

I like this next one in spite of its being a little weird.  To make it work I’d need to really play up the lighting effects:

firefly.bed

Fireflies reading books in a bookstore after hours:

firefly.bookstore

Fireflies combining their individual lights to read a book:

firefly.jar

Firefly using a flashlight, with a farm in the background:

firefly.farm

And here are fireflies using each other’s butts to read by:

firefly.circle

Those were the ideas I came up with.  The AD liked the last two, couldn’t decide which one to use—and asked me to combine them in one sketch:

newfirefly

I wasn’t happy with it.  Too many elements, too difficult to read the idea.  I would have loved to paint any of the other sketches, but it wasn’t meant to be.  Nobody’s fault; the art director and I just had different tastes.  That’s the way it goes sometimes.  You do your work, get your paycheck, and move on.