Thursday, October 11, 2012

Illustration Friday: Mirror



     "Give me one good reason why I should not gobble you up right here and now," he growled, his breath hot and putrid.  She locked her knees and prayed that she would not pass out from the stench.
     "I have a secret," she offered.  "It's a tremendous secret, really.  Life-changing.  It would be a pity if it died with me.  If you must eat me, at least let me pass the secret to you."
     "Then tell me, " he said.  He could hardly contain his joy at this unexpected pleasure.  A tasty morsel and a juicy secret.
     "Oh no," she tutted.  "I cannot simply blurt out a secret as big as this.  You'll have to come closer.  I need to whisper it to you."
     Lured by the promise, the monster leaned in closer and closer until she could see her own reflection in his enormous, dark eye.
     "This secret, is it the truth?"  His words dripped in anticipation.
     "Oh yes," she said.  "Cross my heart and hope to die."


37 comments:

Helen Naylor said...

Love the scale detail. Great image!

Andrea said...

You're back, you're back! I missed you so. Will you tell us the secret? She seems too cute for anything drastic.

yoborobo said...

LOL! You are wicked funny. And thanks to you, my eye hurts. :)) xox

Diandra Mae said...

Oooh, the suspense is great! Fantastic color and line.

rachel awes said...

i'm captivated.
completely brilliant, my dear.
can this be a whole book?
+ will you read it to me
over + over?
xoxox

Lisa M Griffin said...

Love! Love! Love!

Amalia K said...

Oh, Bella, Bella, Bella!!! You are just the Queen of story telling! I think I might turn into a bird tonight and watch you draw from outside the window. :)

XOXOXO

Elizabeth Schaefer said...

so cute!!!

Elizabeth Schaefer said...

so cute!!!

Andrew Finnie said...

Heh, so underneath that calm innocent exterior of all goodie goodie sundrops and rose-hip butter wouldn't melt in your mouth you are as err 'wicked' puppy dog tails as the rest of us... :) Ahh, I am startingto like you :)

Ahh stop, she is goingto sew his eyelids together? she will need waxed twine for that and a thimble :)

kj said...

bella, this is incredible.

xo
kj

Kaye said...

love it - like Andrea said - wicked sweet! :))

Cindy D. said...

Beautiful! I particularly like the wonderful blue to green scaly shimmer! Wonderful storytelling! So glad to have you back in the IF swing!

aimee said...

i am so happy that you are back that I've actually written a haiku about it. You'll see in due time.

aimee said...

will you please, please, please, please, please write a whole series of children's books?!!

Ted Blackman said...

Smart girl, but this one's makin' my eyes water.

Ces Adorio said...

You are the gift that keeps on giving. Every thing that you do is a gem. That is very rare blessing and rarer still are artists whose every piece of work is a masterful display of wit, intellect and technical/mechanical skills. I have to admit that I love yours the best, perhaps because I love you and so it is a wonderful cycle.

Your art has given so much joy and happiness. Your innocent, playful and wickedly fun illustrations has brought many grown up men and women smiles. I know of one whose expression of joy brought a smile to her face and mine when she said "I love Bella Sinclair!" she said she your work was very special, full of mirth and she could not help but be happy.

Thank you for keeping on creating beautiful illustrations dearest Bella Sinclair. You connect people, those who share a common bond, those who love Bella Sinclair and her art. That bond may be one of many that they already shared, but it is one that made them feel younger. I shall always remember standing by my friend's office door and listening to her delightful voice telling me how she loved your work. That memory is filled with the goodness of life. I think that is one of the reasons why she loved going to my office and looking at my walls. Oftentimes she asked how you are doing.

Thank you my dearest friend. You are so loved, both you and your work.

TSUP!

Ces Adorio said...

One more thing, the colors on the monster is as beautiful as the colors on the wisteria gate :) TSUP!!!

Ces Adorio said...

The fanned lids are spectacular. Oh my, you could illustrate a Children's Book Of Anatomy by Dr. Bella Sinclair, D.W.I. (Doctor of Wonderful Illustrations)

Ooops, no. DWI in Texas means Driving While Intoxicated. Oh, we could change that to Drawing With Imagination.

Okay I better stop...

Ces Adorio said...

Ack! I forgot.

TSUP! TSUP!!!

theartofpuro said...

Bella you did it again!This is amazing:)

k.h.whitaker said...

OMGoodness!!!! I love this so much! It is mesmerizing. So awesome :D

Shirley said...

I bow to your sheer awesomeness, Bella! This is a) spectacularly creative, b) delightfully narrative, and c) a K-O in terms of illustration that portrays heart, whimsy, drama and intrigue. I'm just so tickled by your work!! And, I'm thrilled that you're back. I hope you're having a wonderful fall so far! Thank you for kicking me in the pants today with your awesomeness!: )

Lisa Graham Art said...

So great to find your blog thanks to our wonderful, witty Ces!

Greetings to you from Wichita, Kansas! Your drawings are such a pleasure!

Faruffa said...

I am caught in this illustration, and in the history !
Please Bella tell me how it ends, and why they were there, and if the monster is it really so bad, and if he really would have eaten her ...I need to know :o)

Tammie Lee said...

ms. Bella,
this is wonderful
the story drew me in
the details of the monster are beautiful
the needle is masterful
are you sure that monster can't be turned nice? i just think it is beautiful

Raluca said...

What a story!!And what a mirror!
My eyes hurts already ,I must say!!

Janine said...

Dear Bella, this is so lovely, but what is she doing with the needle?
I am worrying about the poor monster.

Cindy said...

stick a needle in your eye ... get 'em!

Indigene Theresa said...

You are such an amazing storyteller and artist! I want to read all your stories and see them in books! :) Sending you (((hugs))) as I wait for the next installment. :)

Steve E said...

Reference Ces's comment:

"...and dare vas not a dwi eye in de movie house."

Truly you are an amazing talent in so many areas ; imagination, illustration, far-out yarn-spinning, wonderful Bella.

And during this particular moment in time God smiled on you and Ces, giving each to the other that special friendship and love so rare. It is sealed with your common interests, passions, love of life and persistent pursuit of excellence.

"Cross my heart and hope to die!"
Shhhhhhhh...Whispering: "Tsup!"

Steve E said...

NEXT DAY:

Still admiring "Mirror". Gawd, woman, views of hues and colorblends, and detail you worked --and your child-like sense of the story--a helpless(?) little girl facing horrible demise. I "see" a cyclops who will soon not "see" into a mirror from now on...firever and ever!

Nobody shall EVER name your talent as "second, third", etc., but simply ONE OF THE FEW BEST!

Please do not forget, it is YOU who inspire others and me, to sincerely and freely compliment and praise you.
Until next time...

No hurry, no worry
let all simply be.
No "excuse me...sorry"
head for the southern sea.

BYE!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

She is such a smart girl. She came armed and delightful! I love it. The composition is marvelous darling. It's wonderful! Okay next your story and your own book. Can't wait! Okay, but to chopping rocks!
Hugs and much love
me

laughingwolf said...

monster rage: in 3-2-1... ;)

Jennifer said...

Your illustrations are so lovely!

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Dear Bella

WOW! This could very well be developed into a story... She's so cuteeee and my my what a plan! But surely she's so sweet to do such a thing! Loved the details :)
What a share!!!

Kathie Brown said...

Oh Bella, I just came here and though I love this drawing it does make me think of the children of Sandy Hook, especially with the accompanying text!