Hello Dear Readers,
For this week’s entry I thought I’d post a few pages from one of my sketchbooks. It’s actually been sitting in my drafts for quite awhile now. I was working on the next part of Let’s Go! Mage Punk and the Final Flame when I came across the need to do some studies of, get this, beetles and lilies!
Check it out~
A quick Google search tells me that in the language of flowers, lilies are often interpreted as being symbolic of purity and devotion. For this page, I was going for an effect reminiscent of the symbolism you see in a lot of yuri manga. Unfortunately, since drawing these I’ve learned that lilies (and tulips and other flowers in that family) are POISONOUS to cats! Sheesh! Chandra there being a cat person herself kind of changes the meaning of these flowers to something a lot less positive.
This goes to show how important the context of symbol’s use is. Whenever I revisit this comic, I’ll most likely go back and replace this flora with something more appropriate (and significantly less lethal); but for now I’ll leave this here as a lesson in being thorough with your research, lest you poison the symbolism of your work.
Thank you for reading,