Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Illustration Friday: Puzzled


Puzzled....puzzled.  Thinking about the word this week made me think of

interlocking pieces

and then Tom Cruise telling Renee Zellweger, "You complete me."

Which then made me think of one of my favorite children's books,
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein,
about a circle who rolls around in search of his
missing piece.

Which is kind of ironic, since in the end (spoiler alert) the circle
decides that life was more fun when he was

incomplete.

And so this image came to mind.

In honor of Mr. Silverstein, whose pen and ink illustrations for this book
were stylistically minimal yet so full of charm,
I decided to leave things simple.
Incomplete.  
:)

Hope you are having a wonderful week!








48 comments:

Ces Adorio said...

Ooooohhhh! Such pure delight. I logged in to my fun computer today for the first time this evening and look what I found!!!! A post from you with your magnificently stylistically executed minimalistic illustration. I love how you drew that girl with the circle looking like a helmet. Hahaha. Ah you are so sweet. Thank you for the wonderful pleasure and joy you give through your illustrations. These days, they are the right tonic for me. I love you and your art. TSUP!!! Thank you.

Andrea said...

What a treat and surprise for a Wednesday! I love how the missing pieces are all sort of rooted and living together! I want headwear like that!

Steve E said...

I thought first of Arcade Game Pac-Man (Age 32 on May 22, 2012, a Gemini). Bella, you are a verrry talented and MOST FUN illustrator. Giving such pleasure to Blog-Peeps (like me) must be one of your side-line missions.

I'm betting it is fun for you, too!
Blessings, girl!

Funaek said...

Aw so sweet and lovely! I loved Shel Silverstein and his The Missing Piece. Everyone always cites The Giving Tree but I always liked his other books better like The Missing Piece and Lafcadio. And I liked how you kept this one minimal in honor of Shel Silverstein but added sweetness and humor with the circle on the girl's head like a helmet!

Perrine Renoir said...

i knew it, with just the thumbnail, i know it's inspired by The Missing Piece.

What can I say, it's our imperfection that makes us beautiful :)

Claire Wildish said...

That is totally fun and gorgeous! I want to be her. Carefree!

Cindy D. said...

Ok, I thought it was a whale's head. But I love it because it is such a cute adorable whale's head on a cute adorable happy person! And behind her I thought I saw a forest of mice standing on their tails. But I am crazy. :)

Anne said...

Sweet and pretty and very original! <3

Lori ann said...

yes, just perfect. i love that book as well. and your sweet drawing. you have an astonishing imagination dear bella.

yoborobo said...

She is so happy because she just discovered the Cheese Pizza Forest. I love her marshmallow-circle headgear, too. :)) Here's to having missing pieces, of which I have many! xox

rachel awes said...

i somehow feel so embraced by reading such acceptance of our incompleteness.
+ look how pretty
she is in it.
+++
adoring you xoxox

Janet O'Connor said...

What a treat! Once again, you have blew me away with your skill. I love your style and wonderful insight.
Thank you for sharing.
xoxo
Janet

☼Illuminary☼ said...

that is my daughters favorite book, big O!
and I like the missing piece style helmet she is playing in too!

Raluca said...

I love your little girl inside this "scenario":)) and also the book you presented as being inspired of! looks very special indeed!!
have a wonderful w-end , dear Bella!!

Creations By Mit said...

Love how you've combined your distinct style with Shel's! Really delightful illo! And I enjoyed the inclusion of photos of the book, too!

josh pincus is crying said...

beautiful! great concept and execution! well done.

Kathi said...

Thumbs up for Mr. Silverstein! I love all of his books! Bella are you sure you are not related to him? Your illustrations are even MORE wonderful. :D

Valerie Lorimer said...

Totally wonderful, Bella! It's delightful.

Cindy said...

"puzzle, puzzle, toil and trouble" is what i say and how i love your illustration. enjoy your weekend!

Angel said...

She's so sweet and happy!
Super cute illustration.
To me, she appears to be twirling, enjoying dancing in the empty spaces.

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Amalia K said...

Imperfection gives almost anything and everything great character, yes?

Well I love your magical land of possibilities, Bella! All the white looks awesome!

Shirley said...

Fab-u-lous, Bella!! I love it! The circle-helmet is perfect for this...awwww...

and I chuckled when I read "you complete me". : ) I can see Tom and Renee right now!

Always awesome to see your fabulous illustrations and read your delightful posts. This is one of my favorite places to visit and you give us such joy each week, Bella! Have a lovely weekend ahead!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

Precious, ~ I love this sweet illustration and post today.
Have not heard of this book, so will have to look out for it.
How neat those words are... and this was the best time of all.

Have a fabulous weekend, dear friend
Hugs
Carolyn

k.h.whitaker said...

Love it Bella!!! This is wonderful and her helmet is the coolest.

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

WoW Bella....this is something very different from your usual self... & I love it! Your lil girl looks so cute with such a beautiful and flowery helmet.

I am hearing about Mr.Silverstein for the first time; it's so nice to know about so many different things. Loved the tale-mention about the incomplete circle; should grab that book sometime!

Love
Deepa

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

SHEER HAPPINESS!!! I can feel the happiness that is on her head. This is wonderful. I would like to order 40 of these Missing Pieces head piece. There are lots of folks that I am wanting to give this too. Everyone who is coming to my house for dinner tonight needs one. I want to know if they can be delivered before 6:30 today? I would also like to know if they come in grossly huge sizes too? Thanks
he he he he he he he! I love this POST!

tera said...

I loved this book as a kid. I love your happy drawing! Super fun and cute, as always. :)

theartofpuro said...

Love it!She's so cute and happy:)

Sunny said...

lovely illustrations! Looking at this makes a delightful monday morning!

Linda Hensley said...

Adorable! I like the way you showed your inspiration too :)

otto björnik said...

You call your illustration incomplete? It even looks like it was printed on a book!:D

Rabbit Town Animator said...

A gorgeous piece Bella! I love how the character is coloured and the rest is black and white. I very much like the flow and movement of the girl too. Outstanding!!

Ted Blackman said...

Very nice drawing, and that's a fresh hat she's wearing, she'll be the talk of the town.

I'm not familiar with this Silverstein story, so I'm not sure if those are plants behind her or spermatozoa.

I remember years ago I heard a song by Silverstein called, 'Silvia Snout would not take the garbage out.' It had me laughing. Haven't heard it since.

Amanda Dilworth said...

This is so cute, i love her circle helmet and "The missing piece" looks like a great book!

Writer J said...

I love it! :) So simplistic but elegant. I love the designs on the helmet, and also how you incorporated a drawing by Shel Silverstein in there as well :) I grew up on his books :D

Deborah said...

Spoiler alert! Too funny. I just read Pam's comment about the cheese pizza forest! Now I have giggled myself silly.

You truly are a genius, you know, how you capture JoY. Just too-too sweet.
Big Love, Deb

yoon see said...

Contemplating thoughts in a super joyous manner!
For I must agree on "the less is more here"!
And there is no less sweeter of your words and visual!
Let me come in...let me come in:)

Shirley said...

I hope you've been well, Bella! Just popping by to say THANK YOU for your wonderful visits..you are so funny and kind. I am sending a virtual slice o' lemon pie to you. It was a sweet day yesterday you are right!

AtelierBrigitte said...

Lovely post!

laughingwolf said...

you and shel... superb!

btw - someone bitched about something on my blog - again not saying exactly what [i don't do cryptic comments well] - again - so it's been taken down - the blog, that is... *sigh*

for the last week i've been too ill, still am... so i guess that's all....

HeatherU said...

hello! I havnt been around here lately. the blogging world I mean. Its really strange. I stumbled back to my blog today and realized how long its been. Tooo long.

Anyway. I love the missing piece it is one of my favorite books from when I was younger. It's the best.

I hope you are doing well, enjoying the budding spring! I'm almost done with my high school experience. Exams this week, then a month long internship project. Then graduation. Exciting times!

Hope you are having a great Sunday,
Heather :)

Owl Eng said...

Bella, i can't help saying this, "every piece of your art is fantastic and beautiful." they always make me revisit over and over... and the more i admire them, the more i am amazed by them

Amy C said...

eeeek awwwwww so very sweet and lovely - just look how much fun she is having - adorable indeedy!

Arija said...

You never ease to amaze me . . .

Tsup . . .Arija

Arija said...

Bella dear, you have not posted for a while and I have a little worry niggle developing. I do hope all is well with you and those you love.

Tsup, tsup . . .

Robert said...

Hey! Nice drawings.

voz said...

Haven't been around much, but I've returned just long enough to see I'm not wearing correct headgear for this blog.

Where does one get a helmet like that anyway? Do they come in my size? In pink? Can I still eat pudding while wearing it?

Hope you and your lovelies are having a swell summer. ^__^