Great Expectations Day 47


(It’s actually still day 46, but I finished another one today and will take the day off tomorrow.)


This is my daughter posing as Estella. I keep saying over in my head “eSTELLA!!!” (from A Streetcar Named Desire – haven’t seen that movie in a long time!)

Pip notices that everything in Miss Havisham’s room has stopped, frozen in time: the clocks, the one shoe never worn, nothing moved on the dresser, with dust all around each object. Estella criticizes Pip for his course hands and thick boots. She is very rude to him as they play cards. Pip whispers to Miss H that he wants to go home. He tells her that he thinks Estella is very pretty, very proud and very insulting.

I had fun drawing over this picture of my daughter in Photoshop…VERY quick sketching with my tablet. I drew a red curtain to cover up the bookshelves in my living room. I looked at old drawings of girl’s clothing from the 1860s for this dress and hat. My daughter loves it!

Great Expectations Day 24


(Twenty-four was always my lucky number when I was a kid!)

Something simple, clean and graphic. I’ve been wanting to do this for a few days, to see what it would look like. So here it is! Prison stripes on the word “CONVICT” with a shackle added. This was done in Illustrator. I work on a Mac using CS4. Of course, I often use traditional materials too: paints, pastels, ink, etc.

The sergeant tells the Christmas celebrators that the soldiers are hunting down two convicts who have been hiding out in the marshes. Joe agrees to fix the handcuffs (what choice does he have?) and they all head out to his shop. He starts to “hammer and clink, hammer and clink, hammer and clink”. The soldiers make themselves useful and help out where they can. Surprisingly, Mrs Joe becomes generous and offers up beer to the soldiers and wine to the sergeant.

This is actually my post for tomorrow, a day early. Busy weekend coming up. Have a good one yourself!