March 29, 2008
Ferris wheels are notoriously difficult to draw...
There's nothing quite like creating an illustration of the entire 1904 World's Fair... including the ferris wheel, promenade, crowds of little people, fountains and all. I wonder if that was the same ferris wheel that Robert Lawson wrote about in 'The Great Wheel'?
I hope so, since Robert Lawson was always one of my favorite bookmakers. Rabbit Hill and The Great Wheel were some of my favorites.
Ferris wheels are notoriously difficult to render in illustrations. To draw an oval in perfect perspective is nearly impossible... and certainly beyond the abilities of this particular illustrator. That's why I have to rely on cleverness... and various illustration helpers.
One does not draw so much as one erases it sometimes seems.