Friday, August 1, 2008

IF - Poof!


This week, the kids and I went to Sanrio Puroland (aka Hello Kitty Land). The world's capital for CUTE. It's an indoor themepark, created to look like a magical nighttime forest. As we were navigating through the crowd, I suddenly noticed that Emma was no longer with us. Poof! Just like that, she had disappeared. I ran frantically back and forth, but with so many little kids running around, I began to panic. Then I saw her, pacing madly in circles, tears streaming down her face. Needless to say, she clung to my side for the rest of the day.

I started drawing a picture of me running wildly through a sea of Hello Kitties, but it just ended up looking like a bad B movie. A really bad B movie.

41 comments:

2danimator said...

what a scary story. glad she's safe and sound.

INDIGENE said...

I think you've had enough B-movie excitement to last a life time! Although the theme park looks like fun! Colorful imagery!

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Alberta and Ava said...

That must have been terrifying. Twenty-five years ago I lost Andrew, who was two at the time, in a New Orleans mall. Those were the longest, most sickening 10 minutes in my life, and I still get cold chills remembering.

I'm amazed that you were able to transform the experience into such a beautiful illustration, must be the power of your creative spirit!

travelandsing.com said...

this illustration is so beautiful and fun and full of wonderful colors! and I'm so glad there was a happy ending too:-)

Katie said...

Oh, how scary. I have little ones and we've been through that before. It is scary. Love the illustration. Really great.

Roberta said...

That so scary when it happens!

Christy said...

Agghhh, that would be my nightmare!!!
Glad it turned out okay!

esque said...

I remember losing my mom at the malls and from a child's perspective that is sometimes terrifying! Glad it went okay and a great illo too!

Deborah Ross said...

I've thought I lost children before, too...what an awful, terrifying feeliing. I'm glad Emma is ok. It's a scary world out there.
I love your illustration. You are SO creative!

Sandra said...

This is a great illustration of a very terrifying moment. It is great to hear that all turned out well.

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Distressing Delilah said...

I know that feeling! Adorable illustration though! And thank you for visiting my IF post, it is much appreciated!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OMG!!! This is just fabu! I LOVE IT!!! It's like something out of my daughters dream. This wonderful. Thanks for stopping by. I will be back for more of this whole goodness.

Janvangogh said...

That must have been a crazy scary moment.

Edrian Thomidis said...

Bella – I just realized that your daughter’s name popped in my story. I started with a different name (Elle) and for some reason is just didn’t have a ring to it. When I was posing it, I changed it to Emma because it has such a nice sound and I’ve always liked that name. Now I realized why the name seemed so familiar … it’s your little girl! It’s funny how our subconscious holds on to stuff and you don’t even know it!
Oh, stories about getting lost in crowded places! My little boy is a wonderer and explorer and loves to make his own rules. I have too many disappearing, heart stopping stories with him…the last one about a week ago at a Department store. I completely sympathize with you!
Your characters have such personality! And what a great idea to layer them on the photo.

NANCY LEFKO said...

glad you found her quickly...I've had that terror before and it's the worst kind....

happy illustration !!! and thanks for the kind welcome back :)

thefridayfrog said...

is it me? or is she just kind of scary? used to see her in back alleys in hk...no, not in that way. but all of her "stuff." next to hanging octopi. yeesh! this is too cute.

i love i love the stubby piece! :))

Cookie Sunshine said...

I love your illustration. Your story was so frightening. I'm glad that everything ended up happy and that you were able to share such a happy picture with us....sort of like "it was just a bad dream"....poof!

Cookie

Chris said...

Nice piece! I really like your decision to use a photo as your background. I must admit that I would have loved to have seen the one of you running through a sea of Hello Kitties. As scary as your story is (and the thought of losing a child is really, really scary), the resulting image would be quite amusing.

TattingChic said...

So glad you found her, how terrifying for both of you. I hope it ended up being fun afterall!

ValGalArt said...

oh, it is so stressful in large crowds :( i am so happy you all are ok and i think the illo is darling. I wouldn't mind going to the Hello Kitty Forest :)

Zari said...

cute illo...but that was a very scary story...glad she is safe and you are together now!

isay said...

beautiful!

your story reminded me when I almost lost my niece and good that she cried as hard and loud.

Solvere volo said...

Very scary story! I think she'll remember it... Great illo.

sketched out said...

Oh sheeeeesh! How surreal that must have been. You must have been out of your mind! Made for a sweet little illo though. Honestly, I am curious to see the one with you running through a sea of Hello Kitties though, cause that's just the kind of gal I am.

Alicia Padrón said...

That is the worst nightmare isni't it? I'm glad everything turned out ok!

johanna said...

that's a terrifying experience! i'm glad she's ok.

queenbammy said...

Love your artwork! wow, you are quite talented!! As a new mommy, I dread those days, glad all turned out well! Phew.

Andrea Kobayashi 小林アンドレア said...

Thank you Bella for you comment. I hope y'all had fun at Puroland, in the end.

Shani said...

As a kid I was on the "poof" side of things one time. That one time scared me so bad I didn't stray to far away after that. I like your work and have looked at your other posts. What medium are you using? if I may ask (as in this post, your skethces of course are obvious...oh, and very well done btw!).

Shugar said...

Ah, i remember being lost when i was little! Glad you lost little girl didn't take long to be found!
Cute illo! heheh... especially the hello kitty! that made me laugh!

sophie philo said...

thank you for your visit!
your illustration is unique and funny and a real memory for you. :-)

Gaia said...

Well, that's scary... My son never hold my hand in crowded places so I must guard him like a hawk!
Hello Kitty's world though sounds like fun, I never have enough CUTE in my life :D

Juan said...

excellent idea and illustration, Bella!!

Teri C said...

Very cute and fun! Perfect for poof.

Heather said...

What a frightening experience. You did a nice job of showing how simply that happens, esp when there are Hello Kitty distractions around.

Connie said...

A magical image and a happy ending.

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you, everyone, for your encouragement and support. You are too kind, all of you.

Shani, in answer to your question, I used Illustrator CS3 and a Wacom to trace my sketch and fill in the colors. Simple as that. I ain't a sophisticated gal. :) Thanks for asking, though!

nina seven said...

excellent illo. scary story. i love your mixed media technique on this one. thanks for your comment on mine, i really appreciate it!

erin said...

gasp! Hello Kitty Land!! My husband travels to Japan quite often and while he always brings me back a wonderful hello kitty chachka, he never told me there was a hello kitty land! Now I have to go!

How scary for Emma (and you). So glad it had a happy ending. I used to get lost a lot as a child too (shiny-object syndrome) I still a childhood book given to me because it happened so often, "My Mother is Lost" by Bernice Myers.

Sorry to go on, and on. Wonderful illo.

Auki said...

Poor little Emma! I'm glad everything worked out ok. Lovely image.

Bearded Lady said...

great art. And a happy ending. That is the scariest feeling.