Saturday, February 4, 2012

Illustration Friday: Suspense


The suspense was killing him.




Hey y'all, it's February!  You know what that means.

Yeah, me neither.


80 comments:

Dawn Savoia said...

lol! This is cute and comical :)

HAPPY FEBRUARY!!!....*sigh*.....is it summer yet? :(

k.h.whitaker said...

I love this so much. My grandson is obsessed with porcupines. Everything is a porcupine, even though he really doesn't know what a porcupine is. ;)

Arija said...

LOL,LOL,LOL, your quirky sense of humour tickles my funny bone so much, you have me rolling on the ground.

Eric Barclay said...

Ha! Cute and wrong at the same time. Love it.

rachel awes said...

adorably awful, bella!
(+ no suspense here, bella...
love you!) xox

Cindy D. said...

It's quite a beautiful and strangely adorable drawing, but I'm experiencing a far more sinister tone than the rest of the commenters seem to be feeling. (That or I have WAY too much empathy for cartoon animals.) You stuff has a great edge, that's for sure.

Draffin Bears said...

Happy February, to you dear Bella.
Poor little guy ... wonder what the answer will be?

Hope that you are enjoying the weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

fizzyjinks said...

You have such a wonderful way of making something look so sweet and innocent but with that slightly disturbing undertone!! I absolutely love it. She is pulling those spikes out with such happy innocence that you feel like just letting her carry on until he is completely bald!! Saying that , I think the porcupine would put up with anything for the love of his little girlfriend!!

Steve E said...

Hey Mommie, isn't this the month during which that saint-guy kept falling in love????

Hmmmmm?

PEACE!

Andrea said...

I had a little gasp...literally killing him? I don't know much about how many quills cartoon porcupines need to survive, and he is so very cute, but so is she!

Captain Dumbass said...

Is he squinting because it hurts?

Kathiesbirds said...

What a cutie! This brought a smile to my face! But the thought of actually doing it? Ouch!

Ces said...

Hahahahah!
Literally!
You are wicked.
I love your FPOT!
Tsup!

Tammie said...

oh my gosh! your imagination has me in awe!
I know what Feb means... my birthday.... but it is still a ways off. thank you for this wonderful piece.

Amanda Dilworth said...

dark but still cute, how do you do it? :)

Roland Prinsler said...

Haha, that's cute and cruel in one - poor animal!

Vicki Smith said...

How did you ever come up with this bit of cleverness?

Inner Toddler said...

you are a friggin genius.
february means that poor porcupine's cousin the groundhog is also being tormented.

Ces said...

So tell me, is that a hedgehog or a porcupine? If it is a porcupine the quills are poisonous. If it is a hedgehog, the spines are not poisonous but they cannot be easily removed. Likewise a porcupine belongs to the same family as the rat! Now the show I saw the other night may have been about porcupines eating varnish and cigarette butts! Anyway, that poor animal is under her spell. That I totally understand why. So lovely. I suppose, you SCANNED this image first. Do you have a superbowl pick? Wanna make a bet? Brady or Manning? Come on! Bet against me and we can decide the pot.

Ces said...

Good! Then I will pick Brady. You are not worthless!!! Duh, Ms. Gifted!!! If you win I promise I will not burn these drawings and I will paint a new oil painting and I will draw something other than nuts and Oh my God, I will draw something for you, anything that you ask of me. If I win you will draw something for me and send me acorns of Quercus lobata.

Ces said...

WAIT! Maybe just a drawing. :)

Ces said...

Okay okay. GO PATRIOTS!

Shirley said...

Ooof! I think my comment was eaten...oh goodness gracious. Bella..I'm cringing (his expression is perfect) with delight at this fabulous illustration..you are SO very clever! I love it! Hope you're having a good weekend, sending you a virtual box o' fine chocolates to enjoy on this Super Bowl sunday with your sweeties too!

Steve E said...

Patriots, in so many games, humiliated my Miami Dolphins--and so I really am with Eli in my heart--but my mind is telling me..."NO MONEY, Steve!"

Bella, February means to me, a new freedom! I just read where it is no longer a Federal Crime, to drop the first 'r' in pronunciation of Febuary!

Bella, you commented to my blog:

"...I had the wildest, weirdest dream about you and two women up in a penthouse suite eating cakes and going native!?!?"

I ask you, Bella, what is 'wild and weird' about that...three Peeps going native, eating cake? Sounded quite normal to me, a child of the thirties (1933-43). (See me GRIN!)

Steve E said...

If anyone out there needs electronic aid, call "Desk-Help*" ask for Ces!

*Help Desk

Ces said...

Giant - 2
Patriots - 0

It is not over until the fat lady sings, and lady, I aint singing!!!

Ces said...

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Ces said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Ces said...

:(

Steve E said...

RE Naked monks. I discovered writings of a monk from c.1375 who wrote THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING, and I quoted him in a recent blog post. She is reminding me that monks were not (are not) walking saints. SHE WAS JUST BEING her usual loving self--CES! (I meant that!)

But the BEST news was that most exciting finish, as GIANTS WONNNNNN!!!

Sunny said...

aw that poor porcupine~;(

ha,but i like this illustration and the concept!:)

yoborobo said...

At least she isn't holding an octopus! Ewwwwww! hahahaha! An adorable drawing! You crack me up. Happy February! xox

Barbara said...

OUCH!

Val said...

poor porcupine; poor gal.

bella: the drawing is superb, as usual.

Cindy D. said...
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tera said...

Aww, poor little prickly guy. I hope she loves him!

I just wanted to share that my mom and I had a really nice time the other day looking at your drawings on your blog. I think you have another fan, but you would never know because she is afraid of the internet/computer! ;)

Rabbit Town Animator said...

Oh no!!! The poor porcupine! I couln't help but giggle though. This is pretty darn funny Bella!

Sarah-Bodera said...

Oh my gosh... I feel a little sorry for whoever this girl is crushing on. I love this craziness!

☼Illuminary☼ said...

Oh dear, that looks most unpleasant.
Are you having a day where you are feeling plucked?
Hope it's all bristely and pretty soon...:
:P

Andrew Finnie said...

Hahahahahaha !

Andrew Finnie said...

Heh I just came from shirleys' place grinning, and now I am giggling ! Gah, I dare not go to Jacks for a peek otherwise I will be cackling!

Not that there is anything wrong with cackling, that's one of the things I like about Christmas - along with the other bits of prok of course..... (I mean 'pork")

hehe this girl is cute, but otherwordly, she is mature beyound her years, staring into space - she looks like she is lost in her thoughts. Quite an achievement to portray so many human emotions with so few lines....

I never wanted to be a porcupine before. I still don't!!!

see you :)

Lori ann said...

oh dear bella, i hope this little sweetie gets the answer she's looking for soon.

and i bet you never knew anyone with a porcupine quill collection, but now you do, me! yes its true, i've been super de duper lucky, each trip to africa i've come home with a new quill. i hope to get another one soon. :)

darling illustration!

Linda Hensley said...

Hysterical! Wonderful illo and I'm laughing :) Poor porcupine!

heidi aldin monteleone said...

OUCH! AW! HAHA!

How do you groom a porcupine?

V e r y carefully!

I love this Bella!

Sarah said...

Awwwww I love that..giggle. I love your work hon..so do! Thank you so much for your comments about my latest piece..so means the world to me coming from you!! Hope all is well in your world..mine is a little crazy lol! What's new right? Huge hugs and love to you hon, Sarah

Richard Ewing said...

cute and cruel all at once. I don't want to live with this girl afoot... ~~but I enjoyed the contrast.
makes one think twice about things...


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theartofpuro said...

Fantastic idea:)I don't know how you menage to have these amazing ideas:)LOVE it:)

Cindy said...

sometimes, love hurts just like when i was a kid and would squeeze my dog so hard because i loved him so much. now, i squeeze my husband that way ;).

Writer J said...

Hah hah...I think we're even then, because I'm clearly envious at your drawing skills. That is something I don't have :)

Writing isn't an easy feat (and yes, filled with many distractions). I get it too actually at times, and it stinks...I think it's called writer's block :p I'm glad you enjoyed the chapter you read. If you'd like to read more, then just go to the top of the page and click on the link "fanfiction".

laughingwolf said...

ingent
yeah, strange what our pets put up with just so they can get a little extra from us, whether attention, food, or just being allowed to be close to their 'hoomin'... despite the awkwardness and/or minor pain inflicted, even if unintentionally

this critter exemplifies that in his/her look

well done, bella! :)

Caroline said...

Your imagination is wonderful! Love the colours you've used!

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Ted Blackman said...

Wow, Bella. You are just one step away from a hundred dollar giveaway. How exciting!

Ted Blackman said...

If the very last quill told me 'she loves me not', then I would continue pulling off other things until it came out right for me. But I'm selfish in love.

This is a good'n and a funny interpretation of the word.

Amalia K said...

Ahahahahahahahahahahaahahahaaa...!!!! That poor, poor porcupine! I won't even ask what inspired you to do this, Bells. I think you must have read too many comic books while you were in Japan. I just love that hint of Japanese humor in your work. :D :D

Raggle Taggle Gypsy Girl said...

Very adorable, but ouch, a little ouchy too.....

Anne said...

Very cute...:)

Krista said...

Hey! I just found some treacle delights on my doorstep! Hmmmmm... and I think I caught a glimpse of three mustachioed girls scampering off into the bushes!

Poor little Porky... I bet he wishes she just believed her beloved the first time!

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Angel said...

Again Bella, such an amazing imagination and talent you have! And the light in her hair, my gosh, so gorgeous. Poor little, adorable porcupine. Fantastic suspense.

Megan Coyle said...

ahahaha! too funny :) and that poor lil' guy....

Jack Foster said...

Hehehe! Feb. 9 is “ pluck your porcupine day.” I didn’t know anyone else celebrated it! Happy PYP day Bella! Your precious illustration is perfect and hilarious!

AtelierBrigitte said...

Aaaaw, poor guy!
Don't let my Mr. Hedgehog see this...

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

HAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Oh my Lord how funny is this! You are just BRILLIANT! I can always count on a magnificent piece of artwork and a good laugh. Please excuse the crust around my eyes and nose and caked up breakfast and dinner on my shirt. I've been under a rock. I'll brush my teeth in a minute and straight my wig. Yeah that funky odor will leave as soon as I finish this little note! Missing you something awful. I just had to come by and be inspired! Best to you and Happy Valentines my friend and sister. Love you so much!

Rubin Pingk said...

Ooooohhh now this is charming and deep.

A girl using the volatile parts of a cute animal to decide love, potentially skewering her fingers just by having the critter in her lap. I hope the little porcupine doesn't shiver!

There is a metaphor in there, and I like it.

Coming to Doodlespot, for me, is like a cold drink of water on a hot day. Refreshing. It makes me want to draw every time I come here.

aimee said...

cackle! says aimee.

ouch! says the porcupine.

thewillowsnest said...

Love me porcupines'.. when I last had tea with you bella it was narwhal's and octopi' on the face....am
so LOVING everything i have missed.. BOOKS have been illustrated yay!!!! at last!!! so excited for you!! I bet you and the girls had a wonderful time away.. ahhhhh.. the ocean .. precious!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

OWWW! Great interpretation for suspense! Love it!

Amy C said...

Haaaa I was just on my way to visit you and you were over at my place!!!

Awwww she loves him she loves him she loves him even if the spikes say otherwise.
Just think how cuddly he is going to me when he is all plucked and smooth.
Should last a couple of days before the stubble starts growing back!!!
Ouch.
Totally cute Bella

yoon see said...

Hello Bella! Nice to meet you again:)

Love your humorous and awesome illustration!

Just like to comment or not when I drop by.....I beginning to pick up again and thank you for being a great friend Bella!

Draffin Bears said...

Happy Valentine's day dear Bella.
Sending love and hugs to you dear friend and hope you are enjoying the week.

Carolyn

Amy C said...

well then, I'll be your valentine too!!!
Have a happy one!
Non prickly smooch x

Sasmita said...

What a pretty illustration....so cute girl just like her simple girly thoughts. This question kills everyone st some point of time.

Following your blog!

Claudio Cerri said...

Very cute! I like your illustrations! I will follow your blog!

Ces said...

I hope your Valentines Day celebration was sweet and happy, sweetheart! TSUP!!!

Shirley said...

Hope you and your little ones had a wonderful Valentine's Day, Bella! Have a great rest o' the week! Sending a virtual box o' chocolates hand delivered by a porcupine for you. : )

Raluca said...

hello:)) this is sadistic:))!

christy said...

oh this cracks me up! love your art! glad to find you here

Janine said...

Ohh no, the poor darling, that looks painful.
You have a dark side, who would have think so LOL.

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