My drawing for the word CLOUDS for MonkeySideBars was based on the artwork of A.M. Hopfmuller. An unsung hero, a designer that I know nothing about, only that the artwork for the magazine entitled Shadowland (from 1919 to around 1923) went unnoticed.


This particular piece was called Green Hill and Trees and Clouds. I thought it would be an easy drawing to do digitally (Sketch Club), but took me in total 2:47 hours. I used a bristle brush only without hitting the undo button once.
A challenge that I have now become accustom to.

Even though the magazine didn’t last very long
the artwork for the covers are still admired today.
I feel that the work is so unique
and would probably make a good set of tarot cards.

I used to draw all the time... then there was a very long gap till I acquired a Draw Something addiction that began in March 2012 which threw me into the world of digital drawing. I now mainly use a drawing app called Sketch Club and have recently created a website for a drawing game my friend and I have invented called Monkey Side Bars. Monkey Side Bars is a twice-a-week drawing game where you are challenged to a piece of art on a specific theme. Players take turns selecting the theme for each round. On the reveal date for each round, we co-ordinate a mass posting to Instagram simultaneously across the globe (see posting times and collages). Be sure to check your posting time. The game is open to all who wish to participate. We welcome all levels of skill from beginners to hobbyists to professionals. All you need is a creative mind, a sense of humor, and a willingness to try. You might have heard it through the ape vine… This game will have you hooked on the monkey bars. Like a monkey likes a banana… it has that appeal. Come monkey around with us and see what all the fuss is about.

2 thoughts on “Clouds

  1. I’d never heard of the artist, but I love this work! The colours and shapes… somehow you can really tell when it was (originally) made.

    Also funny how the (seemingly) simplest things can turn out to be the hardest!

  2. Thank you Ravanel. I love the fact that all the magazine covers captured that distinct period in time. I tried to hold that look with the colours that I used. I honestly thought it looked like fuzzy-felt and surprised myself at the difficulty of drawing each layer bit by bit.

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