(My personal Illustration Challenge for 2017 is to complete one 'page spread' from a popular, modern or classic children's story each week, picked randomly from a hat. Using lines from the original text, I am re-creating the 'imagery' in my own way, just for fun!)
The genius of A.A. Milne's Pooh series is that each of Christopher Robin's toys reflects a different aspect of human nature and character.
Piglet is tiny but strong, Pooh is huggable and safe, Tigger is bouncy and uncontrollable, Owl is wise and sensible...
The House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne, first published in 1928
Then we have Eeyore, my all time favourite. I was definitely a bit of an Eeyore as I grew up. The glass was usually half empty. And even now, if I have washing to hang out, you bet it will probably rain.
But this quote sums up perfectly for me what I have learnt over the last few years. It's okay to be a bit different, to have your own little ways that seem odd to others. But to you, this is normal, and this is what makes you feel at home.
Illustrating Eeyore was easy. I love drawing animals with expression, you can break the rules; exaggerate or human-ise. He is slightly haughty, probably holding it all together as Tigger bounces far too near his nice fresh thistles. And yet, he is bold enough to make a complaint - how very un-British. He doesn't walk away and boil inside. He makes his voice heard.