An octopus with a camera?!?! In last week’s post, I mentioned one of my favorite documentary videos about octopuses. While there are many good videos available online depicting just how truly amazing octopuses are, the videos I referenced all had one thing in common. They were all made by humans studying octopuses. What fun to discover that sometimes octopuses turn the cameras on us!
It finally came to a head in seafood restaurant in Naples, Italy. I was seated at a lovely table in the cobble-stoned square alongside the imposing Castel Dell Ovo. This was the start of a walking holiday along the Amalfi Coast. I’d spent the Saturday morning touring the amazing baroque rooms of the Certosa di San Martino overlooking the city and the Bay of Naples.
As you read this, I’m on my second day and, hopefully, my 40th sketch of a person. Yes, you read that correctly: 40th! I’ve signed on to the Urban Sketchers #OneWeek100People challenge for 2017. The 5-day challenge, put together by urban sketchers Liz Steele and Marc Taro Holmes, begins March 6 and ends March 10.
“Your octopus isn’t cute enough. Try making him cuter.”
Not the words I wanted to hear. I’d been drawing and revising “Monsieur Pierre,” the main character for my children’s picture book for months. He started out as a long-tentacled, suave, moustachioed creature. Perhaps even rakish. But he sure wasn’t “cute.” And I was now discovering that “cute” was a better quality for a little octopus adventuring through a big city in a children’s picture book.