It’s time to admit that I’m not an “illustrator.”

Every week I anticipate receiving the Illustration Friday topic. I promise myself that THIS week, I will do it. No matter what.

I’m a smart person, I tell myself. I used to work in graphic design — I was a magazine art director, for crying out loud — so I have a “feel” for illustration…

Then comes the impossible prompt, such as “sprout” or “crash.” What the heck? How am I supposed to illustrate THOSE words? They must be getting harder, these prompts. Yes.

A few days later I might go over to the IF website to see the one or two geniuses who were able to come up with something. Invariably I am accosted by dozens and dozens of witty, smart, well-drawn, highly creative solutions to whatever word Penelope sends to us.