Four synchronised deer silhouettes jump (or rather glide) across a road as foretold by the deer crossing sign.

Many signs along roads warn of the presence of animals in the vicinity, often with the use of silhouettes. These solid black shapes are usually easily recognisable as the animal they are representing, even though there is limited information or detail provided.

Baby FrightA couple of days ago, I added a Rorschach Inkblot generator to the Read and Do section. I’ve been randomly assembling pixels to observe what forms they take and the types of familiar shapes they resemble at times. Thinking in black and white has most likely had a subconscious influence on today’s drawing, resulting in silhouetted shapes resembling deer.

After having drawn this cartoon, it reminds me a little of a scene from the movie “Airplane” in which the late Lloyd Bridges stands in front of a photo of himself on the wall assuming the exact pose in the photo.

lloyd-bridges-airplaneI put the deer crossing sign on the right-hand side of the road because I assumed that deer would be more prevalent in countries with left-hand drive vehicles than right-hand drive. I have not done any studies on this. It’s just a guess. The fact that nobody (to my knowledge) has seen deer in this shadow form suggests that they are ninja deer. Ninja deer riding invisible Harley Davidsons.

It was very tempting to import an existing deer crossing sign and trace the silhouette, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that, so I drew one freehand using a sign as a reference and then duplicated and resized for the five deer (including sign) shown.

Perhaps this is a case of life imitating art, or rather art imitating faux-life imitating art.