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Poetry Corner


by Shel Silverstein

Rockabye baby in the treetop
Don't you know a treetop
Is no safe place to rock?

And who put you up there,
And your cradle, too?
Baby, I think someone down here's
Got it in for you.

Comments (35)

Thanks a bunch for your Shel Silverstein posts. I'd forgotten about him, and how much I liked him as a kid.

I also like how you blurred the image on the left to help give it depth and focus. Did you draw it like that or blur the image afterwards on the computer?

I don't know about others here, but I'd be interested in learning some of the details of how you create your other art, too. I'm very impressed.

Hey Kevin

I'd say I finish 90% of the drawings on my art table and then add a few details or optical effects in PhotoShop. Blurring certain sections of a drawing really helps with the focal point of a given piece.

I'm very interested in keeping my work organic and as "computer-free" as possible. I think it helps the work stand out.

I'd be happy to answer in tecnique questions as long as it's very specific. I really don't have much to say about the creative process. It's just how my brain works (when it works).

Fair enough; I'll try to be specific as my questions arise.

One thing I'm curious about is how large your pieces actually are as you work on them? Sometimes the detail you give makes me think they are actually pretty big... at least, a whole lot bigger than my own little drawings. :)

There is definitely something special about your work, probably owing in part to your organic method.

Thanks, John.


The finished pieces are always under 81/2 x 11. That's how big my scanner is.

It so happens I prefer to work small because the drawings develop so much faster, I usually spend an hour or two on them, depending on the amount of detatil and the media. Pencils are pretty fast, the ink drawings are about twice as long and the watercolor studies usually take about three hours.

Wow, that's even more impressive. Thanks, again.

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John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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