Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Illustration Friday - Safari



Let's go surfin' now
Everybody's learning how
Come on and safari with me!

(Beach Boys, 1962)

*WIP from an even larger WIP.  Have a great week!

128 comments:

Mohita said...

I love your style, particularly the way you draw faces - so cute!

ellistrationfriday said...

absolutely lovely :-)

haven't been around for long, but do hope you are doing well and the kids are fine? have a nice week!

elli

Ces said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!
LOVE
LOVE
LOVE
LOVE THIS.
I shall return and leave a more intelligent comment. Maybe use big words but first I need to read a dictionary.

Seriously, this is fantastic!

Tsup!

Carol Lawecki said...

What fun these two look like they are having! I can't wait to see the bigger picture. Have a great week!!

theartofpuro said...

So sweet!Love their happy faces:)

Heather said...

my dad used to sing that song to me when I was little! love the illustration, too! YAY, they are ready for adventure!

The Original Drama Mama said...

Is that a baby Okapi riding shotgun in the Lifesaver? Cute, whatever it is! Can't wait to see this in yummy Bellalicious color!

rachel awes said...

sweetheart bella,
i will be happy
to safari with you
& would be thrilled
to be either
the girlie
w/her leg in the air
or the one surfing
on her dear belly.
either way,
it's with you...
heavenly.
xoxoxX

voz said...

Ooh so cute. But I'm gonna blame you if I still have this song in my head tomorrow morning. Grr.

PS. Hi!

Cindy said...

although surfing is a bit scary and challenging (get that butt up!), i do love it and its culture, dude. your illustration looks likes it's going to be totally rad. enjoy your week ;)!

Tammie Lee said...

you have truly expressed the spirit of this
sounds like a wonderful plan
let's go surfin'!

Zepol Ilustradora said...

Lindismo, un amor. Saludos

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Bella,

Please tell me it's NOT Friday and I have again lost time! ;-D
Love the illustration, especially the little *Life Saver*!
Surfin'Safari on a sea of sweetness! I think I could handle that!
Brava!

XXOO~~
Anne

k.h.whitaker said...

sooooooooooooo cute, can't wait to see this done Bella, or what the rest looks like. I imagine it will be spectacular :)

Rabbit Town Animator said...

That looks like a lot of fun! Your pieces are just so lovely! What are they surfing on though? :P By the way, do you have your own book? If not, you should make one. ;)

Amalia K said...

Sweeeeetttssss! I'd LOVE to surf on sweets!! Gosh, you just have the most adorable imagination. EVER.

(^_^) oxx

Marie S said...

Look how happy those girls are!!
What fun.
I can not wait to see the larger work! YAY!

Ted Blackman said...

You're so dang popular, almost cheerleader popular. Homecoming Blog Queen Bella.

Well, you deserve it!

Hey, I like this one, but with all that candy it's just SCREAMIN' for a color pass! Don'tcha think?

yoborobo said...

Cowabunga! I have never surfed with a board, but when I was a teen in SoCal, I body surfed. And went through many wash cycles - lol! xox Pam

Andrew Finnie said...

Boy I don't like this at all.... :) Jan and Dean, now they were the kings (queens?) but seriously, this is so cool it makes my hair bleached - err no let's try that again.... :)

You know, if I ever surf Wiakikikik I will think of this image, while I am hanging ten.

Full of joy, boy you must have lots of joy to share it around. Thank you.

PS On my fridge I have sticker "Work with Joy" - I often wonder who she is...

Majoni's Illustrations said...

Looks like a fun adventure!

Lori ann said...

Ahhh! What an adorable drawing dear Bella! These littles are doing two things I know and love well, surfing and safari! Oh, and the Beach Boys!

Have a wonderful week! And thank you for sharing another beautiful illustration!

Valerie Lorimer said...

This is so charming, Bella! I love it. You have such a fabulous style. Thanks for your note on my blog! I'm glad you liked the goodies. xo

martinealison said...

Le surf de la vie... La liberté se lit sur cette superbe illustration... Les rondeurs de tes lignes en font une quiétude qui me plaît... Je te fait de gros bisous en attendant d'en voir davantage...

Steve E said...

Bella. BELLA! Your work makes my heart speed, and my soul jump with the Joy of having 'met' you and your peeps here.

Absolutely do I L O V E the 'surfers', the 'learners' and the 'safariers'...

Who were the "Beach Boys" though???

LOLOL! Gotcha!
TSUP
TSUP

Sarah Melling said...

Really, really beautiful...it's a feast for the eyes.

Andrew Finnie said...

Haha hahahaha Bella, you know that a small child taught me how to laugh evilly t'other day. The trick is to make a noise that sounds like gnah (hard 'a' as in 'gnat') at the beginning of the laugh and do it nasally so 'gnahahahahahaaaaaaaaahhhhhaa!".

Anyway, gee my email is filling up with your comments so I am going to unsubscribe, so there! gnanannnanannnaaahhhaaah!

my word is 'ankalmni' and I deserve it :)

Andrew Finnie said...

Heh you made me laugh. No I subscribed to your comments to make sure no one said anything nice about you .... but everyone likes you and it was making me depressed - especially after the bus ticket thing and you having a year book and all :)

gnahahahahaha!

But seriously, I think you could do groovy surf fashion. Espacially if you did Jan and Dean :)

How cool are those kids :)

gnahanahahhaha!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I'm surfing with you girly. You know black girls don't like to get their hair wet! Makes them turn into gremlins he he he he he! On a serious note, thanks so much for you tender words. They soothe the heart and soul. I so appreciate you and love for your friendship and support. You are the bestest in the whole wide world.
Love you
V

Hannah Sommerville said...

This is wonderful! I love the waves :)

Janet Dibbydabby.com illustrator said...

Beautiful as always with your illustrations

AtelierBrigitte said...

Wonderful!! It's good to see some work from you!!

Captain Dumbass said...

Woo hoo! Where do I get a life saver Life Saver?

Sylvia Liu said...

This is really super. I am also enjoying your other pieces; I really like your style.

encaracolada said...

Wow, your drawing is perfect and magic. You surfff the paper!

Amanda Dilworth said...

This is truly fab, sooooooooooo cute:)

lastnamejohnson said...

omg i love your carefree style so sweet!

Missy said...

Love this, super fantastic!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

I am singing along with you!
this little illustration is adorable.
Is this you hanging ten?
Wishing you a lovely week.

Hugs
Carolyn
Many thanks for the kind birthday wishes you sent.

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann! So joyfull - a lot of spirit
;:OD)

Ces said...

Ahem. I have missed spamming my favorite blog.

Steve E said...

Ahem...Spamming?

Steve E said...

Did I read SPAMMING???

Steve E said...

I can HELP!!!! You need help--well, maybe not. But I am GooooD at spamming--grin!

Steve E said...

LOVE

Steve E said...

THIS

Steve E said...

PLACE!!!

Steve E said...

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Ces said...

Can you come out and play? I don't think you can see me?

Steve E said...

HAHAHAHA! Bella, you are as funny as she. SHE? She WHO?

Cessitis--yeah, I've had that disease for maybe a year now. Even asked my doctor--He prescribed booze. He said I'd still have cessitis, but I wouldn't KNOW it.

I found a new doctor, named Lucky. Well, he's really my dog, but he IS happy when we're together.

Steve E said...

Ooops! Didn't mean to 'send'! Now, where was I...or where WERE we? Hey, you guys are REAL artists, and I gotta tell ya, I'm hooked!

Spam I AM!

TSUP

Steve E said...

NOW I see Ces is trying to spam in on us--grin! Well she IS the expert. I sent her a cartoon earlier--that PEANUTS thing? It is about an artist named Linus...oh well, you'd have to SEE it!

Steve E said...

For the record, I like spam also. Remember when it first was made--I think. WWII. We used to eat it cold, right out of the can. In foxholes. All around us were uniformed Peeps trying to 'take' our position.

Ahhhh! Boy Scouting WAS lots of fun!

Steve E said...

Signing off! ZZZZzzzzzzzzz...........

TSUP!

Ces said...

Hey! Get back to what you were doing. Stop blogging!

Ces said...

You are whole spam, unadulterated.

Ces said...

When Renee and I were exchanging thoughtful comments you left gutteral sounds.

Ces said...

You left comments like Ugh! Gah! Arrgh! While Renee and I were discussing heavily.

Ces said...

Actually we were just heavy. Goodnight. Tsup!

Lisa Graves said...

love everything you do. this is so fabulous and clever.

Steve E said...

Ate it, Ate it
Last night, I say
Threw it Threw it
Back up today

Steve E said...

Will try again tomorrow
Yo eat it, eat it
Again
But than
Think of my sorrow

Steve E said...

Because what I will eat tomorrow
Already ate, ate yesterday
And it sure looks messy,
I say messier, than
any spam what am

I'll cure myself
And only eat spam
Fresh off shelf
Spam which AM
Not spam which WAS!!!

Steve E said...

Bella, eat a can today...
What? No SPAM today?

laughingwolf said...

just the way kids should be... happily discovering new things! :D

Jack Foster said...

OMG... I was thinking about this! Great minds think alike. ;o) This is so fabulous, fun, funny.... family friendly.....frolicky and any other (good) "F' words. :o) Love the action Bella. You are so good at conveying it. Your characters are so lovable! Rabbit-town is right! ;O)

☼Illuminary☼ said...

That drawing just made me laugh and feel free..
Thanks...

Deborah said...

Oooooooooooo, may I come, Bella? I have my own life saver. You'll barely notice me. Nor do I get sea sick. Delightful! Big love to you, Deb

Isabelle said...

Bella, how could I miss that illo?? No idea but now I am here and WOW... this is just sooo beautiful!! You are so good at drawing characters!

Steve E said...

Good Night!
TSUP!

deepazartz said...

Everytime I see ur work, I just can't help admirimg u more n more...LOVELY ILLO:))))))))))))

Barbara said...

Really, Bella, the little guy in the life saver broke me up! :) What fun they're having.

Raluca said...

sweet sweet sweeeeet,my dear Bella!!!

Nicky Linzey said...

Love the pattern and movement in this Bella. I've only had the courage to go bodyboarding, surfing scares me too much!

yoborobo said...

Hi Bella! You won my giveaway, and I can't find your email OR my head. If you have either, pop me a note and I will get the giveaway (not my head) in the mail to you. It's Mookie and a book. If you'd like for me to sign it to someone in particular, just let me know! :)) xoxo!! Pam

Manon Doyle said...

I LOVE it!! I wanna go with you!! : )))

Liz Urso said...

I love this!!! cute as can be!

Amy C said...

YeahHHHHHHH, they look like pros to me.
Totally sweet and adorable, love it!

Rubin Pingk said...

Fantastic. Where does all the charm and enchantment come from? You ooze it. I love it. The lifesaver especially.

Whimsy. Enchantment. Charm. Bella.

It probably sounds trite if I say it too much so perhaps I'll reserve words like these for every ten art posts or so, but: You're amazing!

Ces said...

See??? I am not the only one who feels the way I do about your art! Yes, amazing, lovable, wonderful, I LOVEEEE it!

Ces said...

I saw your framed art on a birthday boy's wall and I tell you, it's stunning! He will probably come here and tell you about it. Hahahahah!

Steve E said...

Maybe between green eggs and ham
You will say to yourself, "I am
Going to visit Steve today,
See what he has to say."

Ya never know when your eyes
Might find a bit of surprise...

So, COME ON OVER! Sweet Bella Gaga!

Steve E said...

My 'poetic' dictionary displayed 73 words which rhyme with "Gaga".

But I did not think you'd waste an hour to read one comment...

Shirley said...

Ohhhhh...I sense that something magical awaits us..are those waves little poly bugs? I am so excited. It's been far too long and I wanted to pop by and say hello. Hello! And your recent post is SO charming. I am having a good day - painting has put me in a happy place. Hope all is great in your world, dear Bella!

Andrew Finnie said...

Hello :) Did you know that the wax goes on the bottom of the board to make it go faster? A lot of people don't realise this and wax the top of their boards - which just makes them slippery and is the reason many people fall off.

Now on that subject surfing is quite easy. There are only four ways to fall of a board. Off the nose off the tail and off the right side. And off the left side.

Once you have mastered falling off in all four directions you can go to step two: applying peroxide to your hair without making it go green.

:)

But seriously I stopped by to thank you so very very very much for your wonderful comments and editorial skills and eagle eye on that stuffthingitemwork I am doing!

cheers my magic word is 'strammu' which is what I am about to do :)

Andrew Finnie said...

Ahh I forgot to mention those people who wax their bottoms as opposed to wax the bottoms of their surfboards

but they are another kittle of feesh as they say it New Zeelund

Steve E said...

Hey! That's what I want for my birthday--a 'bottom-wax'..or DO I?

Nah. But hey, Lady Bella, why did I think it was your B'day also? I must have misunderstood a post by Ces Adorio. So sorry.

I used to call her "Ces" but she commented to me: "Ces ADORIO" to YOU!

And now MY day is finished. So back to normal...NO! I will NOT take down those pictures -- it is MY gallery. So THERE!--grin!

Take car, Bella--you ARE a Gemini, though. Right? What Day?

SonatasWelt said...

Dear Bella,
it's so sweet and so funny!!! I love it :)
Hugs
Sonata

Linda Hensley said...

So cute! Love to see this in color.

Shannon said...

surfing is one of the top things on my list to try in this lifetime. thanks for that reminder! ahhhhh.....

me myself.. said...

love ur work...best of lucks,bella.

Mónica said...

Woo, Bella, when I see your happy illustration, I can listen the sound of the sea and music :) thanks for make me smile. Hugs and have a nice saturday.

Ces said...

You are the best!

Ces said...

Really fabulous.

Ces said...

I miss visiting your blog. Truly awesome.

Ces said...

Your images are so uplifting.

Ces said...

They exalt my senses.

Ces said...

Yep

Ces said...

and...

Ces said...

100!!!

lyptis said...

Wow! This looks awesome! So adventurous! And i love the colour or non-colour for that matter. It's great, but what can i say, your stuff is always great!:)

Andrew Finnie said...

Bella yipppeeeee! :)
Cowabunga!

Okay are you ready for some surf talk 'hey great bottom turn, great reo, fantastic wipout, outa my way eggroll, look at that boomer, look at that greenback, out the back! Great barrel, oh wonderful coverup, groovy smah man, wow what a floater, go left! go left! go for it brufddha, hey you a local, great a frame, hey it;s pumping eh?"

next time y ou are in hawaii make sure you scatter a smattering of these expressions and they will think you are areall gidget dudette :)

seeyou!

bicocacolors said...

Ahhhh! this is really beautiful!!!
congrats and greetings from Spain,

elena

Silke said...

Love this, Bella!! Just stopping by to say thank you for all your sweet comments. Seeing your name in my comments always brings a smile to my face!! Much love, Silke

Caroline said...

Bella - utterly charming illustration - I wonder what the 'even larger WIP' is! Love the Beach Boys too - is it really from 1962???!!
Thanks so much for your really lovely comment about my website - so glad you like it!

Shirley said...

Bellllaaa.....YAY for the starfish position, Yay for the starfish position! It is what my eldest did as a baby (I would wrap her up as a baby burrito and out popped one fist, then whole arm, and then the other, shortly to follow). I loved that. I still do. She still sleeps that way and I think it's so amazingly sweet. Thank you for noticing! I can't wait to see your masterpiece here...I hope all has been well in your world. I'm glad you prodded Ces to open the oil tube. From what I see, it will be a gem (it already is). Thank you for popping by..I must get to bed now, but wanted to say hello to my dear friend!

Dam Ferreira said...

simply wonderful

Nina Crittenden said...

This is so fun! Also super cool that my comment is #108!!! You have quite the devoted following, Miss Bella! GOOD FOR YOU!!! Your artwork is stunning! Hope that you have been doing well! :)

Steve E said...

Nina...don't let the number 108 fool you. Bella 'keeps' all her SPAM comments--grin!!!!!

But...isn't Bella Beautiful? And her work unsurpassed? How lovely the characterizations of Peeps. And illos which float like dreams in the before-dawn moments.

PLEASE know I was only kidding in the first lines of this comment. Peeps who love maybe can DO that.
Bella. TSUP!

martinealison said...

Cette dernière publication pour Ces est magnifique et émouvante... je pense que c'est un beau présent...
Bisous

Kathi said...

You have created the perfect drawing for my dollhouse beach house! Do I have your permission to copy it and shrink it? It will look SO CUTE in my little house!
Blessings to you sweet friend.
Your art inspires me!

Arija said...

How lovely and energising. I want to get out my buggy board . . . a bit too cool in the Antarctic Ocean though.

I am so glad that You and Ces are such great friends Bella.

aimee said...

oh my gosh this is adorable!! i want to see the whole WIP and the FP!!

aimee said...

(finished piece) or
(fabulous product) or
(final presentation)

Marie S said...

Tsup!

Steve E said...

A little spam...for Bella, Ma'am:

Yep, I'm on the lam

Steve E said...

Stole a case of Spam

Steve E said...

(Had to feed the fam')

Steve E said...

They not part of this sham

Steve E said...

Besides, they don't give a damn

Steve E said...

Or even know where I am

Steve E said...

Yep, it's me--same old Sam

Steve E said...

Sam-on-the-Lam

Steve E said...

'King' of Spam...

Your letter to Ces was OUTSTANDING. The feeling, the life, the truth, the love there--so impressive.

The Higher Power has performed some marvelous works between and with you Twin-Sister-Friends!

Much PEACE--and prayers for your intentions...both of you!
Steve END!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

he he he he he he he he he he! You are so famous!!! How are you darling? I know it's been forever, but girl when you are trying to pack 47 years into so dang boxes all hell breaks loose! Girl it's been so much dang gone drama I can't stand it. I have been wanting to write, but trying to find the time has been super hard. People can't find tooth brushes and underwear and spoons and folks mixed in with clothing and ton and tons of books. It's a whole lot really. I hope that you and the girls are doing well. What are you plans for the summer this time? Hope that it's a good summer for you guys.
Sending you much love and well wishes too.
Overloaded V

thewillowsnest said...

oooh love those candy surfers!!
the pinwheel stripes are brilliant!!! fun fun! it looks so awesome even without any color!
Imagine being one of those artists who work in pencil.. there you are done! all finished ready to sell. wouldn't that be great!!!hehe

linda cardina said...

oh bella, i am so sad and excited at the same time. :/ sad that i have missed so many of your precious creations AND excited that i get to go back and stare at them all. i hope u are doing well. i have missed u and ces so much. i have entered what i think is the busiest stage of my life. hence my lack of blogging. hope u are doing well. meredith and i talk about u so often. she tells her little friends about u and your art. hhaaha. smart girl! xoxoxoxo
have a great week. :))))))
lin

seraphine said...

It is so sweet !
Lg