This makes for quite an interesting voyage!
Working on fun things this week. Starting with a fun little spread about a family of birds. I love that I get to flex some background work in this one..I always loved working on buildings and such.
More work talk of work to come.
Until then Happy Week!
RULES OF THE HIGH SEAS
1. Ducks do not make good leaders. Although they are arguably among the most optimistic of species, it is due in no small part to their chronic shortsightedness.
2. However, if you need to be bailed out, a bunny is the first critter you should call.
3. Bears will sink your boat.
VANITY, THY NAME IS LADYBUG
Feigning death among man-bugs is quite common when asked this particular question, according to leading entomologists. It is only the brave or perhaps feeble-minded who would hazard an answer.
Alas, “survival of the fittest” would not be a concept that worked out for Rex.
The Illustration Friday theme of the week is “survival,” so…
This week’s Illustration Friday theme is “red“ and the first thing that popped into my addled brain was ”red herring”. So I thought, hey, I’ll redraw and repost this from a couple of years ago. What the heck, I’m on a roll.
Most mystery novel and film buffs know that a red herring is a plot device used in film noir, murder mysteries and suspense films, to distract the audience away from the more important aspect of the plot. The red herring can sometimes be a character, believed by the audience to be the killer, only to discover later in the film that they are innocent and another character, never even considered is, in fact, the murderer.
Now that you have your twist ending, do you know where the term red herring originated?
Wikipedia tells us:
A tradition whereby young hunting dogs in Britain were trained to follow a scent with the use of a “red” (salted and smoked) herring. This pungent fish would be dragged across a trail until the puppy learned to follow the scent. Later, when the dog was being trained to follow the faint odor of a fox or a badger, the trainer would drag a red herring (which has a much stronger odor) across the animal’s trail at right angles. The dog would eventually learn to follow the original scent rather than the stronger scent.
I’ve also heard that British fugitives in the 1800s would rub a herring across their trail, in order to divert the bloodhounds pursuing them.
All this talk is whetting my appetite for a bit of kipperes and toast (NOT!) and a Hitchcock film or two (YES!).
|the wistful ones|
©the enchanted easel 2014
ahh, the look of love...
who could resist a baby polar bear with that *spark* of magic in his eyes? ;)
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The Illustration Friday word of the week is “voice.” So I decided to redraw yet another oldie. I better get off my duff and come up with some new ideas I suppose, eh?
COTTONTAILS IN SPACE
After successfully landing on the moon, Neil “Cottontail” Armstrong was famously quoted as saying, “One small step for a bunny, one giant hop for rabbitkind.
Space is the “Illustration Friday” word of the week. So I dusted this old chestnut off and redrew it.
Illustration Friday – Exotic
Water and Ink on Moleskine
The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
For some reason I felt compelled to redraw this little guy from a few years ago when the Illustration Friday word was “adapt” Perhaps more appropriate? You decide.
Well, it must be karma… get it… karma karma karma karma karma chameleon. No? Oh come on! How can you see the word chameleon without that song going through your head?
Unless you’re under 30.
Mitzy, Manny and Mo took eagle lookout duty very seriously.
The Illustration Friday word of the week is “search.” I had a hankering to draw meerkats today, so these little goofballs showed up.
RACE AGAINST TIME
Despite strenuous training and conditioning, Murgatroid found it difficult to beat the clock.
The Illustration Friday theme for this week is “Time.” So, since it is 11:00 pm on Thursday, with only an hour left to post… time is running out!
“Does this tail make my butt look big?” Matilda queried the patient sales squirrel.
This is what popped into my fevered mind when I saw the Illustration Friday word of the week was “tail.”
Also, just wanted to mention that I’m getting some pretty cool ideas brewing for PiBoIdMo. A little excited.
Well, I may be falling slightly behind, but my fellow SkADaMoers are kicking some serious squirrel butt over here.
If cats could talk, they wouldn’t. ~Nan Porter
You will see a banquet, don’t eat anything!
Your life depends on it!
an older illustration done for stories for children magazine, but i thought it was fitting for this week's IF prompt, *lush*.
Nature hides her secrets because of her essential loftiness, but not by means of ruse. ~Einstein
This week's topic on Illustration Friday is 'Hidden'. This is my entry. A bit too quickly done - I could've given the eye a bit more attention. Ah well, this is it for now.
Cocka Doodle Doo! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪
THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS
The donkey, the largest of them, approached the window and looked in.
“What do you see, Gray-Horse?” asked the rooster.
“What do I see?” answered the donkey. “A table set with good things to eat and drink, and robbers sitting there enjoying themselves.”
“That would be something for us,” said the rooster.
“Ee-ah, ee-ah, oh, if we were there!” said the donkey.
Then the animals discussed how they might drive the robbers away, and at last they came upon a plan. The donkey was to stand with his front feet on the window, the dog to jump on the donkey’s back, the cat to climb onto the dog, and finally the rooster would fly up and sit on the cat’s head. When they had done that, at a signal they began to make their music all together. The donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat meowed and the rooster crowed. Then they crashed through the window into the room, shattering the panes.
A couple of weeks ago the Illustration Friday word of the week was “totem.” I’m telling you, time flies, because I’m just getting to it up now. Better late than never, I suppose!
“We’ll eat like kings tonight, Blotch!” Orville shouted excitedly to his trusty pooch.
Illustration Friday theme this week is “underwater,” and although this may not be the most original solution for the prompt, I just had to get this image out of my system.