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Illustration Friday's theme of plain can be taken a number of ways. I selected the word as a noun, as in, where I live, I am surrounded by the boring, flat, boring and flat plain. You will not find a flatter patch of land in the country than what you see in southeastern Manitoba. For the love of prunecake, even Saskatchewan – for all the ribbing it takes – is hillier, more roly-poly than my home turf.
It is worse in the winter – all this flatness means there's no place to hide when the elements take over. And that's where my illustration comes in, pulling double duty (which I will explain in a moment). For Illustration Friday, this poor chap on the prairies represents the standard Manitoban in winter: despondent, bundled to the nines, shielding his eyes from the glare like a polar explorer, watching o'er the expanse of plain.
And for the Sugar Frosted Goodness! Blank Book Project, a traveling sketchbook a third of the way through its global adventure, this sketch represents my entry. Themed Where I Live, the SFG!BBP showed up in Winnipeg by means of Montréal and the eastern seaboard to myself and fellow SFG! contributor Allan Lorde (who graciously allowed me some page space after I wasn't able to land a spot in the book's 50-member initial sign-up).
Left: Kerry strikes the pose that would help me flesh out the drawing (actually photographed indoors). Right: I pose with the amazing SFG! Blank Book, nestled in its wooden carrying case.