As we prepare to bid farewell to May’s Under the Sea theme (oh, how we shall miss thee!), I am delighted to share one final kid-submitted drawing, this one from Everett B.
This is what Everett had to say about his drawing:
“The Ornithocheirus [like a pterodactyl, beak protruding down from top of image] is trying to get the other fish. The yellow one is just a fish. The red one is a seahorse. The blue rock has sea cucumbers on it. And then there is an anemone with lots of colors.”
I appreciate Everett’s description. But not as much as I appreciate that lovely yellow fish. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to successfully draw a fish from that angle, pointing directly toward you, with its tail off to one side? Well, let me tell you, it is extremely hard. Even Robbi agrees, and she has an advanced degree in illustration.
Also, I love the composition here, and by “composition,” I mean the ways in which the various creatures are arranged. I love that we only see the beak of the menacing Ornithocherius, because the beak is the only part of the Orithocherius that matters to the yellow fish, who is clearly not happy about that beak entering his otherwise cozy space. I also love how the seahorse, anemone, and rock of sea cucumbers sort of clusters around the yellow fish, helping us get a sense of his environment.
But let there no doubt about it: this drawing is about the yellow fish and whether or not he is the next to be eaten.
Do you think he will be? We have no idea. And that is what makes the drawing so interesting.
Well done, Everett! More please! Perhaps you will send us another drawing? I have it on good authority that next month’s theme will be posted soon!