Every Circus Starts With A Parade
What’s the right way to start a circus?
With A Parade, Of Course!
The answer seems obvious, doesnt it? But I was a bit befuzzled when it came to trying to translate that idea into something online.
Then the characters at the top of this post spoke up; they’re from the same planning project as the love letter, and they represent just a very few of imaginary Right People.
Who Are They?
The Lady Whippet? She’s a very talented poet, but she keeps her beauty under her very sensible wrap where no one can see it. She is a little afraid of the attention it might bring, I think.
Chantecleer the Rooster is a proud, successful business type, who secretly wants to chuck it all in the hen house and become an opera singer. But he’s a bit worried about balancing his artistic aspirations with his existing obligations.
And Meester Hare? He’s a bit of a nervous type. What you don’t see is that hidden in that hat of his is a whole collection of magical tricks and ideas that he’d love to get out in the world, if he can find the courage.
But Back To The Parade!
They had this grand idea that *they* could be in the parade.
And it seemed like a pretty good idea to me, too, and very brave on their part!
But we’d need more help to make it a *proper* parade.
So I sat down at the drawing table and whipped out a few more images. They’re pretty quick to do, since I’m basing them on antique illustrations and gave myself permission to *gasp* trace their general form. That’s scary, to me – I’ve had it so drilled into me that it’s NOT OK to use existing images that I often limit my inspirations.
So for this project, I’ve given myself permission to play happily without constraint, so long as I’m using images that are out of copyright.
And Here’s Where You Come In…
As the day goes on (and probably through tomorrow, too, since I’m getting a late start) I’ll be posting a parade of images here, along with explanations of their roles in the Circus Serene. A few are already completed (because I was afraid I couldn’t get anyone to play along) but the way I really want this to work?
I want *you* involved in the Parade!
So tell me about your inner circus geek, the clown that scared you as a kid, or which animal in the menagerie you’d still love to keep in your bathtub. What’s your favorite part of the circus? Is there a particular sideshow act that lives in your head? If you ran off to join the circus today, what would your role be?
Let me know, and I’ll do my dangedest to draw it for you.
Today. Now. While you wait.
I’ll add it to the parade, and write about how that character or act fits into The Circus Serene.
Oh, and for at *least* the first five of you?
I’ll send you the actual artwork.
With a signature and everything.
(So you know how big of a deal that is or isn’t, here’s a few examples of my more typical artwork. I guess I’m kind of a lot like Lady Whippet, since I don’t really show this stuff around much. )
I can only promise to send the artwork for the first five people who participate, but I’m going to try to get as many images done and gifted as I can… so long as my hands and postage budget hold out!
Update: All of the original artwork is spoken for, and then some … But I’d still love to hear your favorite circus acts, and you never know when I might decide to draw a few more, on a whim!
How To Participate:
Just leave a comment below, telling me what circus character or act you’d like to see on parade – Oh, and I’d love to hear about why you’ve chosen it.
You can also Tweet your favorite circus act to me, using the hashtag #circusparade (for extra insurance, you can be sure to get my attention there with a reply to @ToriDeaux). And if enough of you go the Twitter #circusparade route? I’ve got more top-secret-plans to do with that, too!
So, have I left anything out? Questions?
Then Let’s Get This Parade Started!
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