A Romance Progresses

I’ve decided the only way to finish my Edward Lear project is to not let myself start anything new and to proceed to the final illustrations without further planning. Too much storyboarding and I lose interest; it starts to feel like there’s no room for exploration, it becomes just recreation.

So I sat down and forced myself to produce the first three illustrations. The only setback has been discovering I got the worst paper for these pens; the blending in my sketchbook is not easy achievable in the little book I got for the final project. I also really need to work on a way of taking better, and truer to colour, photos of my work.

Ah well, only three illustrations remaining for “The Owl and the Pussy Cat.”


The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea / In a beautiful pea-green boat / They took some honey, and plenty of money / Wrapped up in a five-pound note.


The Owl looked up to the stars above / And sang to a small guitar / ‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love’ / ‘What a beautiful Pussy you are / ‘You are / ‘You are! / ‘What a beautiful Pussy you are!’

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl! / ‘How charmingly sweet you sing! / O’ let us be married! too long we have tarried: / ‘But what shall we do for a ring?’


They sailed away for a year and a day, / To the land where the Bong Tree grows / And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood / With a ring at the end of his nose / His nose / His nose / With a ring at the end of his nose.


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