Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Illustration Friday - HEIGHTS

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"Bombs away!!!"

Ever look up and see a squirrel scampering across a telephone wire and think to yourself, "Man, that thing is CRAZY?!" Well, that was my inspiration for this week's illustration challenge: HEIGHTS. I always worry they may fall, but to be honest, between the cars and the predators, they're probably a heck of a lot safer up there! I had quite a few ideas that I was excited about this week...if I have time, I'll add another later! Thanks so much for visiting!

39 comments:

  1. And they are pretty fast too. The dog seems happy seeing the squirrel lol!Nice work!

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  2. Love your interpretation for this week's IF challenge! Cute drawing and fun perspective!

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  3. Love the fuzzy squirrel! And wow, great perspective. Haha, and I love that dog's huge tongue. I think they've got some skillz, those squirrelz. And I just happened to be listening to an old RadioLab podcast and learned that squirrels have a lifespan of 25 years! Big surprise to me. I would have thought fewer than 10 years.

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    1. Wow! Really, Cindy?! How interesting! Those must be ones living far from civilization (read: roadways!)

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    2. Huh. that surprises me too. the illustration is really lovely for this week. and thanks for stopping by and commenting on mine. and here we are on another Friday. see you soon.

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  4. Very nice work! Our squirrels like to hang off our bird feeder :)

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  5. Funny illustration! I like the perspective.

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  6. oh nuts...there goes the nut!
    what a great expression!

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  7. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - LOVE IT. I get scared just watching those little furballs...

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  8. I'd love to see a squirrel. We don't have them here. Great idea for the topic!

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  9. Hmmm...I bet the squirrel was CHASED up the tree by that dog, and dropping the acorn is for revenge!!

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  10. Excellent interpretation of this weeks challenge! Reminds me of the dogs in the Pixar movie UP!, how they would turn their head quickly and say "squirrel". :) Love your work!

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  11. Excellent take! I was just watching a squirrel going crazy headbanging our window-- he probably thought his reflection was a rival. They are entertaining little nutcases!

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  12. thanks for the comment, we have crazy squirrels down here too, even more that usual this year it seems! My dog is fascinated by them. I checked out your facebook page of horses - they are beautiful! I have a horse nut daughter who will love them

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  13. My fiancee's dog (little poodle) use to be teased by a squirrel running back and forth on her fence. One day the dog actually caught the squirrel's tail ... both froze and look at each other. Neither knew what to do!

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  14. Great illustration, love the squirrels expression.

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  15. Ha! This is great, Mit! Those sneaky squirrels!! You did a great job with the expression, the composition, the perspective..wonderful!

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  16. Love the angle on this. I had a dog who would bark at squirrels and the squirrels barked back :)

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  17. Haha, what a great illustration! I have a love/hate relationship with squirrels. At college those creatures were brazen enough to steal food right out of students' hands! I am still holding a grudge :)

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  18. I think squirrels would be fun if we had any here in Australia. Closest thing we have I guess are possums and gliders but the are mostly nocturnal so bit harder to spot. Love your critter he looks cheeky.

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  19. I almost forgot that some squirrels like trees. There's just ground squirrels where I live. Usually at mid-afternoon there's an army of them in the park, all standing upright like perfect little sentinels, but who knows what they're guarding. (Nuts, probably.) Then in an instant, they're all ducking underground for cover. Thanks for the new perspective!

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  20. I think we can learn a lot from squirrels - they are survivors for sure. Great illustration and wonderful take on the prompt!

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  21. Thank you all for your comments! And I learned something new - that squirrels are not indigenous to Australia & that they have surprisingly long life spans! I also forgot that the Eastern grey squirrel's territory does not expand across the whole U.S.! (I do remember I saw really cool black ones when I was hiking in the Grand Canyon!) I guess I've been taking these cute little rodents for granted all these years!! :)

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  22. I love the perspective and the squirrel's expression! Great piece.

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  23. Brilliant! I love the expression on the squirrels face :)

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  24. Cute, I like the way the dog is smiling up at teh squirrel...and learned some quirrel facts, too!

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  25. It really looks like that nut has a long way to fall! Great perspective! I always worry about the squirrels scampering across the wires too, but you're right. It probably is safer than crossing the road.

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  26. That is scarey...but he doesn't look scared...just a little annoyed he's dropped his nut. Love the kids
    down below checking him out.

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  27. great one Mit--also, thanks for checking out my post

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  28. Great illo! You are really kind to worry about squirrels!!

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  29. So cute.... Love your squirrel!

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  30. Oh no, he dropped his snack! Ha ha!

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  31. Great composition Mit and expression :o)

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  32. From that height, one acorn can have a devastating impact. It makes me wonder if the squirrel dropped it on purpose? Hokkaido (northern Japan, where I live) is known for the gray squirrels in the mountainous and forested areas, but there are NO SQUIRRELS in urban areas like there are in many US cities. I've often wondered what accounted for the difference.

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  33. great illustration! I love the perspective and the faded colors on the pair below.

    thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  34. Heeheeheee, think he makes little sound effects in his head while he's dropping them? I totally would. Cute! Thanks for the smile!

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  35. Funny! And a great take on the topic of his week!

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