Intellectual Elephant

When I open a blank page in my sketchbook, often I don’t know what will fill that page until the pencil hits the paper. In a way, it’s a bit like improv – free association thinking once the first line is drawn. Thus was the case with today’s piece.

This sketch started with some eyes, then the idea of making it an elephant came along, then the idea that he should be dressed in a tweed jacket and bowtie, which led to the glasses, and finally the idea of putting the intellectual mouse on his shoulder.


I forget why elephants don’t like mice, but an elephant never forgets.