So this post requires a bit of pictorial explanation before I post the actual piece.
For those of you who I haven't seen in recent days, while I was out in Minneapolis visiting a friend, I chopped off all of my hair. (Do not despair, I donated it.)
I had a particularly inspired working day the other morning...
and yes, I work better in a silly hat
Gratuitous cat photo.
So pre-haircut, I had started a self-portrait project for a contest. The contest is being run by Tony DiTerlizzi's facebook fan page. The title is "Re-imagine Yourself", and the goal is to create a portrait of yourself within one of the many DiTerlizzi stories. There was no end to the possibilities, and the brainstorming itself was incredibly fun; I almost had too many choices.
In any case, I finally settled on a self-portrait as an imaginary monster in Tony's hilarious and ridiculous alphabet book, "G is for One Gzonk", using my crazy ginormous hair as a jumping off point. I created a monster not only entirely engulfed by the crazy ocean of red, but also whose hair becomes a character itself, creeping about and nabbing odds and ends and even other creatures from the original book.
But then I cut all of my hair off.
So I went back to the portrait, did a little revision, and voila double self-portrait, pre- and post-new-do.
in the style of Tony DiTerlizzi's
"G is for One Gzonk: An Alpha-Number-Bet Book"
The rhyme in it's entirety:
The Rare and Red Rumprunkus
Is barely visible, you see.
Covered with a vibrant mane,
Her hair's as wild as can be.
That monstrous RED hides many things -
It hides baubles, bits, and bangles.
Even ribbons, rocks, and riches
Are caught up among the tangles.
But beware the creeping tendrils,
As they slither through the air.
With a strange life of their own,
They might drag you under there.