Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Seagulls and Crickets

I'm just starting a fun little piece for a poem that will run in the Friend magazine. Folks from here in Utah will probably be familiar with the story of how seagulls save the crops of early Mormon pioneers from a massive cricket infestation shortly after their arrival in the Great Salt Lake valley. The account has it that the pioneers battled the crickets in vain until hoards of seagulls arrived from the nearby Great Salt Lake to devour the crickets. Not only did they eat their fill, but they then flew back to the lake to disgorge them, returning to eat more.Certainly this was a miraculous deliverance that preserved the crops of the desperate settlers. Here's the final design sketch. I'll be using Photoshop to render the final artwork.

1 comment:

Giselle McMenamin said...

great sketch. looking forward to the color version!