Saturday, 13 June 2009

Unfolding in pen and ink

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is unfold.

I know a lot of people call these Cootie Catchers, but at my elementary school they were known as Fortune Tellers (I guess we were a pretty tame bunch) and if you were a female student chances are that you had made at least a couple dozen of them by the time you reached Grade Six. Personally, I hadn't made one for at least twenty-five years before tonight (yesss... I'll reluctantly admit to having made one or two AFTER elementary school. They were a bit less than tame, though. Let's just say that they were adolescent and leave it at that), and it's scary how easy it was to fall back into the familiar folds.

I'm not sure why we were obsessed with the men we were going to marry when we were making these things. I suppose it's not that unusual, but it seems fairly... conventional now, especially when you consider that we weren't that far removed from the bra-burning 60s. I have a feeling that my eight-year-old self would have been horrified to find out that one day I'd decide I wasn't interested in marrying anyone.

Good thing I'm not eight anymore, I guess.


In other news, I gave myself a little treat this week and bought some new Pigma pens. A sepia set this time. I love the black Micron I already have, but now I have Microns in two sizes, a Pigma Graphic, and... A BRUSH PEN!

Ok, maybe it's not that exciting. Still, though. New toys. Gotta love it.


Fox said...

I remember this game. >.<

M.M.E. said...

Pigma pens are awesome. I think you'll love the brush pen too, though I've never tried it. I stick to rapidograph most of the time for my illustration work.

DEB said...

How fun! My kids still play with these!

Nicky Linzey said...

Yes, I made these too. In fact I made one the other day and still found it exciting - what does that say about me!! Love your illustration for cracked too.

Diane said...

this is terrific! my kiddos still make these...funny

Indigene said...

This brought back such memories! Wow! it looks just like I could put my fingers in there! Great illustration!

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