At first, I was going to make four days of angry turtles because many of the illustrations in the Dover “Animals” book were just that – furrowed brow line expressions…but by day two I changed direction. Upon closer study, I found greater variation in their faces, as well as realizing some were tortoises.
April 22 is a wood turtle who appears slightly worried. He looks happy in the original etching but perhaps being Earth Day it was my subconscious way of reflecting concern.
A tortoise with outstretched neck for the next day’s sketch made me see how odd and dinosaur like this animal appears without the rest of its body.
Then I reached Day 100 of the sketch a day book. No balloons, bright colors or big font – just kept on track with a tortoise looking off, looking off to what the next 100 days of pages will bring.