Monday, June 11, 2012

Illustration Friday - SHINY
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Albert's favorite part of playing cowboy was wearing the shiny tin sheriff's badge.....AND galloping around the living room on his trusty horse, Cheerio.

At first, I was stumped on this week's word: SHINY. The only things that came to mind were a nice, clean car (which sadly does not describe mine at the moment), or a bald head, polished to a sheen. Neither made me excited to pick up my pencil & start sketching.  But then I thought some more, & since I'm a girl who really appreciates her bling, I eventually started thinking about jewels....... and gold........ and diamonds........ and treasure.............and, well  I digress. I actually have no idea how the tin badge popped into my head among the jewels, but once I got a vision of Albert, no amount of gold could turn me back! I hope you like him as much as I do!!





23 comments:

  1. I love the enthusiasm in Albert's big eyes (and those of his trusty side-kick, as well). Very fun illo, and I'm glad you didn't turn back :)

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  2. Ha ha so cute, i want a Cheerio :)

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  3. I like that you actually think of something for IF rather than making the word fit my current drawing or pulling something from the old bag. See? I will not be able to do a successful commission because I won't follow rules. I like how the idea came to you. The process is as interesting as the illustration which is adorable. Your drawing brings to mind many wonderful childhood memories. Thank you.

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  4. Very nice illustration, I like your style very much!!
    Thanks for your comment on my illustration.

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  5. Gosh, I liked wearing badges when I was kid, too. You nailed it!

    I also had trouble with the word, and I thought it would be an easy one.

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  6. Haha, so sweet! I love the expression on the horse (er, horse head). Oh my gosh, my car is not shiny either, nor has it been for ages. I should do something about that. Hehe.

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  7. They all seem to be having so much fun... especially the pony.
    must be some party when a body-less character is having such a great time.

    Your storytelling is so much funner than what just a shiny car would have offered, and the shiny head is sorta cliche like, so bringing it to a wistfull view of yesteryear was a good call.

    nice
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  8. Woohoo! They are having a thrill! (I can tell by the shine in their eyes.) The dog looks so happy … I bet he's going to give his boy a good face lickin' when it's over.

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  9. Love it! So fun and lively; a great part of make believe is wearing the shiny badges. I like how everyone is having fun, esp. the horse head, and everything is nicely unified with texture/color/warm and cools.

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  10. This is brilliant I love how you have captured so much movement it looks like lots of fun :)

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  11. Guess what? You have won an Oddment print! See my blog for details. :-)

    p.s. Great galloping shiny-starred sheriff & trusty trail companions!

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  12. I think the Albert's a shiny kid!
    Nice job!

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  13. Great idea! And a fun illo, perfect for the topic!

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  14. Giddy-up! What fun they are having. Great idea and fun illustration.

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  15. Your work is fun and cute!Thanks for your visit!
    Ana

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  16. How happy does Cheerio look! I used to love dressing up as a cowboy when I was a boy so this image clicks with me. I now a follower and will look forward to your next Illustration Friday entry with great excitement :)

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  17. Love their infectious enthusiasm!

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  18. Thank you all so much for the thoughtful comments! I've enjoyed reading every single one.

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  19. Another fun illustration! I love your explanation as to how this came about. Always looking forward to the next Illustration Friday installment!

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  20. Your artwork is super fun! I can so see this scene playing in my living room!

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  21. Man, that is cute! I love the detail of his sheriff's badge, lovely!

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