The recent death of beloved entertainer Cilla Black came just as the world was trying to deal with the loss of it’s beloved lion, Cecil.
As an act of healing and catharsis, I set a drawing contest at the quiz for quizzers to depict the cheeky Scouse singer riding the much-loved Zimbabwean big cat through the gates of heaven to eternal happiness.
Here’s what you drew:
1. Happy Go Lucky
Both protagonists seem fairly relaxed about being dead in this splendid naive piece. Maybe they always wanted to be together, and now they can live that dream… in heaven.
2. Cecil The Cock And Balls
This one is pretty dark and damaging. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it. This gives you a fair idea of what some of the people who come to the quiz are actually like.
3. Colour Hell
It was a given option to depict Cilla and Cecil riding through the gates of the Other Place, as this team elected to draw. Nice use of felt tip which must have been luckily lurking in someone’s bag..
4. Art & Detail
This arty effort includes an effort to achieve an actual likeness of Cilla who, to be fair, was blessed with fairly prominent front choppers. Nice real-life detail where Cecil has been plugged by Walter Palmer’s arrow (40 hours before being finished off with a rifle).
5. Face Swap Manticore
The most confusing of the entries. I think there has been some sort of face-swap going on. The result is a bit like the Manticore on the inner sleeve storyboard of the Tarkus album by Emerson Lake & Palmer
6. So Happy Together
I love this one the best. The dopey look on Cecil’s face is exactly how I picture friendly lions in my mind when I am asleep and dreaming. Cilla’s leg action lends the ensemble some proper helium levity. Terrific.
7. Blind Date In Hell
Right, this one has Cilla and Cecil again facing hell rather than heaven. Rich on extra detail this work includes the teeth, the arrows, a cock and balls for Cecil and a Blind Date line up including Adolf Hitler, Michael Jackson and Osama Bin Laden.
8. Welcome Home
Nice shading. So poignant. Forever.
9. Flying Seal
Cecil looks more like a seal than a lion. I wonder if while driving a car in real life, Cilla ever blew a seal?
10. I’m Coming Bobby
Executed in tasteful pencil to create a ghostly effect, this super-poignant tribute shows how Cilla is longing to get back to her late husband Bobby Willis, who passed on to the other side in 1999.
Since Bobby died, Cilla has had to face 9/11, The Boxing day Tsunami, The Japan Tsunami, The Second Gulf War, and Scotland’s continued failure to qualify for the World Cup… alone.
How she misses the Boaby is tastefully illustrated in this great bit of doodlin’
11. Pearly Gates
Plainly, the work of drunks.
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