Monday, February 14, 2011

Illustration Friday - Sweater

What must I do to capture your heart?


Gosh darnit. When your mother tells you to put on your sweater, you put on your sweater or all sorts of body parts can go missing.

When I was playing around with patterns for Gumby's pigment-challenged cousin, the first thing I selected was polka dots which immediately made me jump in my seat. He looks like a giant Band-Aid, doesn't he?


Happy Valentine's Day!
Now go hug someone.
And give me candy.

xoxo

76 comments:

Ces said...

Well, his heart is worth saving!!! I love this of course. Tsup!

Ces said...

Out on a limb and from a most gorgeous tree! Look at every leaf. I am ecstatic! I cannot contain myself!!!

Ces said...

I can't get over the leaves!!! All the details, butterfly...her precarious position and how Gumby's cousin anatomical position... but most of all the tree, the tree!!!

Ces said...

Okay, I must go now. Goodnight! Tsup!

Vicki Smith said...

Oh my goodness! How clever!

Björnik said...

So this is what you were working on! I knew I'll be in for a great surprise. Love it so much Bella, one of those things crazy wonderful I had today! Happy Valentine's dear!

XOXO
Björnik

Carol Lawecki said...

Awww...how cute!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Teehee...or like he's got the measles...

Love shared increases two-fold...Happy Heart Day to you, too!

Nirzara verulkar said...

hey nice artwork!!!!

laughingwolf said...

sweets for a sweetie? of course!

ab fab pic, as always!

happy v-day to you and yours, bella :D

T.L. Holmes Williams said...

This is much more than a FB "Like" moment...it's a "Love" moment :) What a vivid illy...Happy Valentine's Day!! :D

k.h.whitaker said...

I thought it was a band aid when I first looked at it. I love this, I especially like the grunge layer. Thanks so much for your very generous comment on my latest illustration. You all are so wonderful!

Indigene said...

Bella, I knew if I came here I would find something magical and heartwarming, and I have! It's simply wonderful and happy valentine day, dear one!

Linda Hensley said...

This is just great! I think it's my favorite for the week :)

Giuseppe Bianco said...

You need to illustrate your own book without any words, like that book called Tuesday by David Wiesner. You could totally pull it off.

poppylocke said...

Beautiful illustration! I love the characters, and the detailing of the foliage is amazing!

Captain Dumbass said...

Wow. How long did it take to do all those leaves?

Happy Valentine's.

cindy said...

happy love day! xo, c

Maria Bogade said...

Oh this is beautiful, Bella! The idea is great! And thanks for all your nice comments on my blog!

AtelierBrigitte said...

I hugged someone, so now I can post a comment...
Lovely illo, I hope she'll be careful to get that heart.

Rubin Pingk said...

Your art is sickeningly wonderful and full of whimsy. I love it!

This drawing makes me want to draw just so I can capture some of the whimsy it infects me with.

The colors, the composition, the characters, the leaves, everything in this drawing is pure win.

I love it.

martinealison said...

Il faut faire appel aux flèches de Cupidon peut-être... bravo chère "Valentine" et joyeuse fête... Bisous

Michaele Razi said...

I'm loving this illo! I think Gumbo's cuz is adorbs. I'm loving the composition and the color palette. It really is perfect!

Draffin Bears said...

Happy Valentines day, dear friend.
Sweet! ... very sweet as always and I love this.
Sending hugs and hope that you get your share of chocolates and sweeties.

Hugs
Carolyn

Arija said...

Dear one, You have made my day with your sweet comment and this loveliest of Valentine greetings.

Unfortunately, as you know, I am in for the long haul so stress and it's management is one of the things I will have to cope with somehow. Short holidays do help since it gives his mind some occupation. Not to worry, I'm still smelling the roses and what is better still, my grandson and wonderful girlfriend will be on hand to assist with my tackle and anything I might catch.

Love you heaps . . . Arija

Krista said...

Sometimes one must go out on a limb for the best prizes!

And why is it that Moms never give up reminding about sweaters, jackets, long underwear, aw,heck-- LONG PANTS these days! This guy's got to be freeeeeezing, the wind will blow right through him! Put on your sweater gumbyman!

Shirley said...

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E, yet again, dear Bella! You just rock!! I love gumby's cousin, and oh how clever and sweet...yes, listen to your mom is right! : ) Happy Valentine's Day dear Bella..you are so fun. I am smiling. Thank you!! And loads o' candy to you. : )

Tammie Lee said...

YES! I saw a band-aid and I saw Gumby!
The cutest thing!! and the wee gal out on a limb.... she has my heart!

Ces said...

Oh Look! You are the Word of the Day!

pip

PRONUNCIATION:
(pip)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The small seed of a fruit, such as an apple or an orange.
2. Something or someone wonderful - Bella Sinclair

ETYMOLOGY:
Short for pippin, from Anglo-French pepin. Earliest documented use: c. 1450.

USAGE:
"Chairman Ian Palmer is spitting pips."
Jon Morgan; Apple Growers Get the Pip as the Bite Goes on Prices; The Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand); Nov 5, 2010.

MEANING:
noun:
1. One of the dots or symbols on a die, playing card, or domino.
2. Any of the diamond-shaped segments on the surface of a pineapple.
3. An insignia on the shoulder indicating an officer's rank.

Ces said...

I had a lovely Valentine's Day but it ended up surly, because I missed you. :(

Ces said...

So I am going to sulk by drawing.

Ces said...

Where is Mita when I need someone to spam me or who I can spam?

Ces said...

Good night. Tsup!

Barbara said...

Now that took patience, Bella. All those leaves! A lovely illustration and full of love. We all go out on a limb when we choose to love someone, don't we?

Hope you got tons of candy!

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Amanda Dilworth said...

so original and beautifully executed, love it:)

Eric Barclay said...

Just beautiful.

tera said...

Ha ha! He does look like Gumby!
I'm going to hold my breath until she's in off that limb, though!

Jack Foster said...

Happy belated Valentine’s day Bella! Your characters are so delightful! You have a great way of seeing this world and I love that you can illustrate it and let us in on your magical world...... At least if she scrapes her knee on the branch, she won’t have far to go for a band-aid :o) You ROCK!

Kathiesbirds said...

LOve your sense of humor! Thanks for the smile!

Megan Coyle said...

so sweet! I love how she's saving his heart :)

I hope you had a happy valentine's day!

Juan said...

Brilliant! Wonderful piece Bella!!!!

Ana said...

I love her red dress against the green leaves, it really stands out.
The idea is just adorable. Fantastic work ♥

heidi aldin monteleone said...

HAHAHA! Gumby's pigment challenged cousin HAHA! He's like an albino Gumby! Better get some sunscreen on him, could get a nasty burn.
So adorable as usual!

Andrew Finnie said...

Oh Gumby is my kind of man :) He is obviously flexible, romantic and girls go out on a limb for him. Pah - who wants to be batman, superman, Will Smith, Brad Pitt? I'd be happy to b e a gumby over all those!

Especially with such elegant spots.
I am starting to worry Bella. You are good.

:)

I am having 'ctrolers' for lunch today.

The Original Drama Mama said...

"Now go hug someone and give me some candy.


bwahaha! best Valentine tag line ever :)

caren@kdottiedesigns.com said...

How do you keep doing this????????????? Just like the saying, "Go out on a limb - that's where all the fruit is".
Guess that goes for hearts too!
!

theartofpuro said...

I Love it!This is fabulous!So clever!

Johanna Urban said...

Beautiful and adorable!!! I always love your work!

Wish you a wonderful day!
much love


johanna, sweden
ART

Deborah said...

**squeals of delight** and wee bits of fear! Talk about being out on a limb! HA! He does look like a band-aid in dots! Again I must say, how delightful your mind is. Now I must go look again. **kisskiss** Deb

Deborah said...

Oh sweet butterfly. I love the movement in the leaves. I am very thankful that you did not draw the bottom of the cliff...I have a fear of heights. You delight me. ♥♥♥ Deb

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OH this is a sheer SCREAMMMMMMMMMM!! Oh my goodness. Brilliant, brilliant, BRILLIANT! How fantastic. Talk about being out on a limb. He must be really good if she is taking a chance like that! Be still my heart! Happy belated Valentine's day. You know I love you!! Hugs to you and the girls.
Awesomeness!
V

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Girl who is that angry man with the BOYCOTT American Woman! Poor thing. His wife or girly must have left him out on a limb. I'm sure your lovely, fantastic, awesome, terrific, beautiful illustration will heal his sicken mind.
Poor soul.
NOT!!!
he he he he he he

Rabbit Town Animator said...

Magnificent piece as always! Such a joy looking at your work!

Ann Pilicer said...

Love the band aid gumby! hee hee Great illo Bella! Wonderful illo! yay! :)

IVYALLOVER said...

oh my. really? can you get anymore precious with this? Happy be-lated Valentines day my dear. Hope you got lots of chocolate I got a nice fat tub of Nutella :) It never fails, I come here and always get blown away by your mind. really? Missy you motivate me to push my work that much further..*sigh* thank you ♥

Andrew Finnie said...

Hah Bella you just made me laugh - hack at their knees! Oh the dwarven warriors! :)Perhaps you were the only person to correlate the last ball of red wool and the fact that our man on the left has been decoiffed.

Now I am afraid :)

Ces said...

I love you. Let me kiss your poor finger. Tsup!

Ces said...

Oh I read that incorrectly, so it was not finger but fingernails, eeww! No I take back my kiss offer but I'll kis your hand, though. Tsup!

Francisco Martins said...

Awwwwwww Bella this is so sweeeeeeeeet!!!! probably one of my favorite ever! LOVE IT!!!
How are you friend?

Kiss from Lisbon

pop pop portraits said...

just stumbled upon your blog, your work is so freakin' cute! j'adore

rachel awes said...

oh bella, you have SO captured MY heart...with your every line you draw, with every color & feeling, & with your words, oh yes.
looooooove to you!!! xoxox

Ces said...

I ran out of Band Aids this morning, may I borrow Gummbyno? Hahah! Good morning!

michael robertson said...

so unbelievably wonderful and charming. Your work is simply amazing!

Ces said...

Hey, where are you? Tsup!

angels said...

oohhh... so tender... your great and expressive illos arrive really to our hearts..
Congrats for all your work!

Amalia K said...

Well, Miss Bella. It sure is my loss to have been absent for so long! I see you have been frolicking with your mind more than ever...now who else could make a giant Band-Aid look that cute? Hehehe...

I hope to come back more often now. Can't wait to see how far your frolic has gone next. (^^) oxx

Amalia K said...

And thank you for the kind thoughts you've left me on my blog. You are such a sweet darling. :)

Emily said...

Be still little heart!
Ooh the nerves!

Amalia K said...

Hey! I just saw a huge green monster with a girl on his spoon! QUICK! help her here:

http://art-memoirs.blogspot.com/

(^___^)

Janine said...

Love is no buisiness for cowards, as´you show.
You captured my heart from the first time I saw your paintings.
You are a shining star
Hugs
Janine

larasss ♥ said...

OMG I reaaallyyy love that illustration.. So cute, really. :D
I love pretty much all of your illustration in this blog hee hee

Follow my blog please?
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xo
Laras

Shannon said...

Happy heart day ding dong day every day!

Raluca said...

OOOOOOOOH MYYYY!!!
Bella,believe me ,I´m not exagerating:this illo is gorgeous!!What a smart-great-sweet idea you had!!!I hope you´ll allow me to ''qoute you''on a post,later on,using the your idea with a ginger-bread instead...You are such a wonderful illustrator!!

Isabelle said...

I know I am late commenting on your sweater entry but I just had to comment and say this is just GREAT!! Love everything about it, the style, the idea and the composition! Hope you had a great Valentine day!! :)

Peter Breese said...

Lovin' it Bella, really beautiful. Perhaps a touch of band aid, but I only noticed it after you wrote it out ;). Dig the creepy Dong Dong eater above! I think you have a Once-ler setting up shop in there - he'll be asking for 15 cents, a nail, and the shell of a great, great, great grandfather snail next. Cheers!