Saturday, May 10, 2008

Illustration Friday "Electricity"

For Illustration Friday's theme, "Electricity," I thought of Topsy, the unfortunate elephant whom Edison electrocuted in order to demonstrate the dangers of AC current. I wanted to draw something that would capture the barbary of the act and add a crown of electric sparks, while incorporating the bizarre headdress that they put on her. I'd like to think of this image as some sort of electric ghost or spirit of Topsy.

6 comments:

studio lolo said...

What a horrific sacrifice. Nicely illustrated though!

Connie said...

God a'mighty, I didn't know Edison did that, the !!@?%!. Your dramatic drawing is a nice tribute to the poor beast.

Moro Rogers said...

An electric ghost elephant...cool. (Thomas Edison was a dick.)

Fourborne said...

I didn't know that. Thanks for illo to teach us.

Flying Colors said...

Your illo made me aware of how mistreated elephants have been.
Many were killed struck by lightning, this one was sadly executed by electrocution.
Beautiful tribute to a sad situation... thank you.

Brine Blank said...

That color really pops on this one...you'd never get away with something like that today...they would probably let you use a child but never an elephant...

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