My sketchbooks feature any number of half-completed scribbles, usually with a scrawled notation which I may or may not be able to remember and/or decipher.
This one I remember: in a bookstore one day, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a title on the spine of a book which, for a fraction of a second, I thought was Roman Carrot Races. It wasn’t, of course.
Chariot. Roman Chariot Races.
But, as you might have guessed from my previous blog entry, I’m something of a sucker for the idea of rabbits driving carrot-shaped vehicles. So I quickly sketched a rabbit in a vaguely Roman sort of helmet driving a vaguely carrot-shaped chariot.
And given that this week’s blog entries have already featured misread titles, rabbits, chicks, and carrot-shaped vehicles, and that today is Easter — which for many years meant that one TV network or another could be counted on to broadcast Ben-Hur — it seemed only logical to expand that hasty sketch into a fully-realized illustration.
Materials: Posca paint markers; various colored pencils; Faber-Castell Pitt India Ink markers (black); Sakura Gelly Roll metallic gold gel pen; Canson XL “Mix Media” paper pad.