Sunday, October 14, 2007

Illustration Friday: Extremes

"Some might say that Hamlet had gone to extremes to ensure he would be able to watch the flight of Halley's Comet . He didn't believe giving up television and sleep for one night was a big deal, because the next chance to see the comet was an extremely long way off-2061."

I painted this piece for my son's nursery. I had another version of this, but I wasn't too fond of the execution. (It was done a few years ago, when I had picked up the paintbrush and started creating again after a ten year hiatus.) Scroll down to see the original, monochromatic version of this picture.

27 comments:

  1. tekentijger4:08 PM

    Hamlet! hahaha! (Shouldn't laugh about this being a vegetarian...)

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  2. Ohhh this is just so sweet. Love it. Love the rendering too :o) I could stay with hamlet all night too, love to watch the stars..

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  3. Oh, what an adorable Hamlet. He sure is thoughful.

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  4. Awww... i really love the expression on his face... He is really paying attention and hoping to see the comet! What a sweet illustration! :)

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  5. I truly love both of your paintings! You captured that vulnerable quality that animals have and you did it in a magic way! My favourite this week Dee!

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  6. Hamlet was indeed smart for knowing how precious this moment was. TV is worth giving up for most things in my view, but who's to say....Love the colored version. Darling!

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  7. Ohhh, I love his expression!

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  8. Aw tis gorgous, I quite like the subtle colour tones of the first one and his little droopy ears but the sky in the second one is beautiful. They're both lovely

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  9. i like both paintings! lovely.

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  10. I love these little guys! They have such sweet and adorable expressions! Wonderful!

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  11. They're both sweet, but the top one has so much personality! I love the way he;s solidly planted on the hill, looking longingly at the sky. What a lovely painting for your son's nursery!

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  12. I find this painting very comforting. A perfect piece for your son to look at when he is in his room.

    ~Gina

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  13. Oooohhhhh Really Beautiful!!!

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  14. Wow. Nice illo. Feels like a good story wrapped up in that picture. I like the gentle quality too. Nice work.

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  15. Really nice! so sweet, so sad...
    I like it very much!

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  16. Very, very beautiful!!!

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  17. the wee piggies are so cute! i love how the blue one looks so wistful.

    thanks for the nice comment on my illustration friday piece. :)

    BTW - i grew up in Texas --- great place filled with great people.

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  18. Beautiful, both pieces! Hamlet looks perky and enthusiastic in the first but I like his quiet pose in the second best. :)

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  19. Oh, both paintings are lovely, you've capture such a great moment, and Hamlet is so expressive.
    I have to say, I just love the the monochromatic version, there's a tenderness there that is truly touching.

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  20. Dee these are both wonderful, but I do like the color version the most. I think it has everything: a story you can read visually in so many ways; a style that demostrates your wonderful talents and shows how much you are growing; and all that feel-good warmth and charm I love to see in children's art. Just lovely!

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  21. how gorgous ! simply wonderful :)

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  22. I like the cute little pigtail!:)
    I also really like the droopy weight and the posture of the monochromatic piggie.

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  23. Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I haven't been able to participate in I-Fri for a while, and it's great to have such a reception coming back.
    Thanks again!

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  24. very endearing character.

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  25. I especially love the character in the bottom illo. Makes me want to snuggle up next to the little porcine guy and stare at the night sky!

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