Smoke is a hot topic here in France at the moment since there will be changes made in the law to ban public smoking starting next year.
[ Stations , museums, government offices , shops, universities etc will be non smoking areas from February 2007 and restaurants, hotels and bars will have to comply in 2008]
I think its a good thing to make public spaces smoke free and it seems to work really well in Scotland and Ireland and Italy. I initially wondered about doing something to illustrate the smoking ban.
At the weekend we adopted a 5 month old kitten , who is smoke grey , charcoal and white - we are renaming him and the current favourite name is Gandalf- since he is very clever, both grey and white and his markings are remarkably like a long swirly grey cloak.
He has fitted in to the family amazingly well so far - its been 10 years since we last had a cat and it doesn't seem like it at all. So many things have changed in cat culture- there seems to be endless variations on things like litter trays and a multitude of different foods for all stages of cat life.
The litter trays with lids and charcoal filters are amazingly effective -a definite improvemnt on the old style trays -no smell and no litter flicked all over the floor. We were surprised at how quickly Gandalf learned to open the swinging door.
Here he is his debut photo on the blog - no doubt the first of many.
As far as the I Friday topic is concerned, I ended up experimenting with different brushes to try and make a smoke effect.
After a bit of experimentation, I quickly sketched a monster coalescing from smoke. It made me think of some x-rays I had last year , so I added in some vertebrae, with the idea that the monster might be getting more and more substantial as the smoke eddied and drifted around.
In order to give him a tiny bit more context, i thought I'd add in a magician's fire bowl, complete with mysterious coloured flames to help the spell along.