Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Flower Girls Project


Sarah and Elena piled dogwoods up high.

Only one person here in Tokyo (outside of my immediate family) knows that I like to draw. As it happens, she is also the class mom of my daughter's class. A while ago, she asked if I would draw pictures of all the little girls as a present for the teacher. I hesitated. But after a lot of consideration, and inspiration from Edrian, I decided to give it a shot.

So here's the first installment of what will probably be 11 pages. Let's see how far I can get before I burn out from all the sweetness. I may have to throw in pictures of murderous bunnies here and there for good measure.

44 comments:

Valerie said...

hmmm, very sweet picture. i'm sure the teacher will be impressed to tears. as always, love your drawings.

Björnik said...

hi Bella, this is adorable. i love the expression on their faces especially the one who i think is about to do a pirouette! i can't stop smiling just looking at her.:)

esque said...

I love love love it! You'll never burn out of the sweetness, I don't think! And ten more, you say! It's looking great! :D

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is so sweet and fresh. I'm addicted to you style. I really, really enjoy it so much! It's refreshing. I love the size of your characters and the fact that they are piling up these beautiful flowers is just fairy like! The teacher is going to have a complete fit when she sees this! I'm sorry if I were the mom I would have asked you too. Sorry! That woman knows awesomeness when she sees it! Bella I'm going to pass on my email to you cause I wanted to ask you something. oohlaladesignstudio@gmail.com. No you are not being tagged! he he he he! I want to take this time to tell you how thankful I am that we met even if it's via blogging. You are such a bright spot in my world and you will never know how your art and words have touched my very soul. Thanks for making me laugh out and lifting my spirits on gloomy days. You are a God sent for sure! Sending you hugs and kisses and well wishes my friend.
V

Bella Sinclair said...

Aw, thank you Valerie. Makes me feel better about pursuing this.

Hiya, Bjornik! Elena is actually a little tomboyish in real life, I think. She might be mortified I made her do ballet. hehehe

Thank you, esque. I dunno, girlfriend. I have the urge for something salty already.

Vanessa! I'm incredibly touched and blushing through and through. I think I'm as pink as the dolphin.

Caroline said...

Well, what a lucky teacher! She's sure to be suprised and delighted by such a thoughtful gift. These two little girls are utterly charming and I can't wait to see the others you create!

Carol Lawecki said...

Beautiful Bella! What a lovely keepsake for the teacher. I like how you used the dogwood blossoms. Your pictures make me smile. When I look at your drawings, I always wonder what was your inspiration for the picture. How do you come up with such creative drawings?

I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the rest of the class.

I always want to say have a great day, but I know your day is ending. So have a great day tomorrow!

yoon see said...

It's so beautiful!
I am wordless, just that all your illustration are so good:)

Voz said...

That's so cute. I love it. If I was one of the kids in that class I'd be shouting "draw me next!"

aimee said...

only one person in all of tokyo knows what a gifted illustrator you are? i can't believe you've kept it under wraps - you are the best kept secret there! i'm so glad that gal got you involved in this project - the world needs to see more of your work :)

Paulina Lombardo said...

I like your blog, your drawings, photos, very nice.

Bee said...

Your illustrations are such a treat, so perfectly executed with a unique take on things. Always a pleasure to visit :)

Anonymous said...

murderous bunnies?! is this the same as melting marchmellow chickens in the microwave?

i like you anyway.

yours truly,
e. rabbit

kj said...

i like the idea of standing on a mushroom, bella. and i like hats. 'sweet' is the exact correct word for this. more please.

and how come nobody locally knows you are an artist? it's a good thing i'm not your neighbor, because i couldn't resist spreading the word.

p.s. murderous bunnies? oh dear god, please don't be giving you-know-who any ideas. :)

Ces said...

Absolutely beautiful Bella. She is one lucky teacher! She will definitely cry. Are you going to draw her too? Oh sweet! I feel like a broken record. I LOVE LOVE your work. I really wish I could draw like you! I was thinking of getting illustrator. I have been thinking why I am not drawing for money and then I realized that I hate being told what to do. I went to Edrian's blog. What a project!

I wish I would dream of little girls and flowers like these.

linda cardina said...

i can't believe no one in your town knows u are an arteest!!??? the teacher is going to be so thrilled with her gift... how special is that??! i really like this drawing. i can't wait to see the rest..so fun!

you're the best bella! xoxolinda

Artemis said...

I think there should be another race to 100!

Hermes said...

If there is a race, I will win!

Very lovely work Bella! You should be in Mt. Olympus.

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you so much, Caroline. And I can't wait to get them all done and over with.

Hi, Carol! I always loved dogwood blossoms. And they're easy to draw.

Yoon See, thank you. Your words mean so much to me.

Voz! But your own drawings of yourself as SO ADORABLE! Teeth and all. :)

Hi, Aimee. Ssshhhhhhhhh.

Hello, Paulina. Thank you, and welcome.

Aw, thank you, Bee. I love your illustrations, too.

Oh, Emily. How do you know that bunnies did not shove the chickies in the microwave in the first place? And you really shouldn't wear a bikini top without a bottom, bedazzled or not. But I like you anyway, too.

Whew! Then I'm grateful you're not my neighbor, KJ. ;)

Oh, for crying out loud, Ces! I wish I could draw like YOU! Sell your work, darn you. Open an etsy. Go onto Imagekind. Your work is incredible! And hmmmm, let me think about this.... a dream about tall, young military recruits or chubby little girls. I know which one I'd pick!

Hey, Linda. You're too sweet. And I'm not an arteest. Just a housewife procrastinating from housework.

Ooooh noooo, Artemis, now don't you start!

Bella Sinclair said...

Hello, Hermes. Why, when all the gods seem to be out here?

Senorita Margarita said...

My dear Lady Bella - beautiful! both the art and the artist

linda cardina said...

bella u are hilarious! i love reading your comments back to people. yr a crack up girl!

Ces said...

It was not the recruits that I dreamt about. It was only parts of them, small parts, marching... marching...marching! I wondered how they moved since the parts were separated from the recruits, but there they were marching in unison. I told the captain the following day, I did not want to be subjected to that again. 250 was enough! I always thought of drawing that dream but I have no courage. Haha!

Renee said...

You are giving her a book. I want to be the kids teacher.

Bella I seriously hope on my posts that you will comment because I know I am guaranteed either a good laugh or a good and original thought.

I loved your comment and the uuughh bye, had me in stitches.

By the way, I can't believe no one knows you draw.

Love Renee

Dusik said...

awwww... so cute!!! the little girls in your pictures always have the cutest actions. i just love to stare at them, or come back, like to a still from a movie or a cartoon!

(you could totally make a cartoon with these characters)

Bella Sinclair said...

Linda, I'm glad someone comes back to read. I think most of the time I'm talking back to the wind. :)

Ces, were they all in teeny tiny uniforms? I could never resist a man in uniform.

Renee, I find your posts stimulating, so I am a product of your own doing.

Oh, Dusik, gag! Too...much...sweetness. Must...consume...eviiiiiiil now.

Candace Trew Camling said...

I hope you keep making them! They are simply adorable! I love the flowers and the little girls are soo sweet.

Ces said...

Hahahah! You are as crazy as I am!
Uniform! Hahaha!!!!

Faruffa said...

Delightful Bella, I adore these little little characters :o)

get zapped said...

Amazing! Really, this moves me in many ways. It's darling, beautiful and expressive. I think it's terrific you took this one. How precious.

TattingChic said...

What a darling drawing! Oh, it is very sweet, you are right, but perfectly sweet! :)

Ces said...

I can't wait for your Illustration Friday post! No pressure!!!

Ces said...

I can't do the touch pad. I still attach a mouse to my laptop. The touchpad is very cumbersome for me. I do a lot of typing, two fingers, probably does not help my carpal tunnel pain. Actually everything hurts. Must be OLD age.

Renee said...

Now Bella, I told Ces that if she was your friend then she would be my friend too.

You know how highly I think of you, so I will accept that you are perverted, but I am sure it is the perfect amount of perverted.

xoxoxo

Draffin Bears said...

Just darling little girls and what a lovely gift for teacher.
Sarah and Elena are so sweet and love the way she is standing on a toadstool to reach the top of the dogwood heap.
Always so neat to come and visit and see what wonderful drawings you are doing!
Have a wonderful weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

rebekah said...

bella this is so sweet, i especially love the little flower hat. i'm sure the teacher will be very touched (cos i would be!!). yes, drawing scary bunnies are good for releasing stress, cos only you know what they are hiding behind their cuddly white marshmallow bodies. :p

Bella Sinclair said...

Wow, thank you so much, everyone. You give me the encouragement to keep going, and I'm grateful. Ten more to go...oy.

Oh, Rebekah. Mwaahahahahaha!

Ais said...

Bella,
Hi :)
oKAY, I was thinking about what is different about your drawings and I know it now... it is that you have beautiful thoughts! Yeah that is it... I mean your illustrations are so cute because you think cute things... Gosh you are so cute!:p
Really keep it up. Thank you for making us smile each day we come to your blog.

eve said...

Hola. Tus dibujos estan llenos de vida, son muy frescos y divertidos.
Me gusto mucho tu blog.

Flying Colors said...

So, so beautiful ... very lucky children in this class to have you doing this! I am going to keep checking on you about the progress of this project :)
Have a great week!

isay said...

beautiful and sweet! i can't wait for the next 10 pages or more?

Edrian Thomidis said...

OMG! This is soooo adorable! The teacher is going to absolutely love it! I just adore your little girls and your soft style! Thanks for mentioning me on your blog. You are too sweet!
I hope we get to see all 11 pages!

messyfish said...

so cute! i can see why murderous bunnies may be needed as an antidote!! oh...and why does the whole world not know you draw?? they are missing out there in Tokyo

Nathanael Lark said...

Very sweet!