Happy New Year!
My inspiration for this piece comes from dreams that I had in November last year. In that month, I had three animal-related dreams, but these left me with dread when I woke up.
The first involved huge brown moths that lay dead on a table. Each one was the size of my palm. As my grandfather was in the hospital and moths are symbol of death to me, I got quite unsettled.
The second and third happened on the same day. A baby boar swam across the river and I think some poachers were out to get it. Then there was a frog: not sure what happened, but I woke up out of sorts.
The layout took me some time to draft out, because I did not know how to put in the animals. At the same time, I wanted to draw sceneries, but considering my skills, I thought I would try something easy. Forests, then.
I wanted to draw a genderless being wearing a fox mask, but I did not want the same old look-at-the-camera-straight-on pose, and I initially wanted some perspective. That proved difficult.
Purple is my favourite colour. Why not use lots of that in the drawing!
Halfway through colouring this picture, at the very last Sunday of 2014, my grandfather passed away. He had been in the hospital since November, fighting for his life. I was not with him at the end, but I heard he passed away with a smile after hearing us sing 'Happy Birthday' to him.
So this piece became a tribute to him... though my grandfather knows nothing about art or the finer side of life.
It was sad to see him in a coffin, to see that he had grown so thin that he can fit into a box. It reminded me once again of how fragile humans are.
I will finish the picture and post it soon.