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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Speed – Illustration Friday

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Coming up with an image this week was a bit tough for me. Not so much that I couldn't figure out what to draw...but, rather which idea I came up with would be the best for this week's theme, and the most unique. Finally, I remembered an incident between the little boy I babysat years ago and a small bumble bee. The bee wasn't really near this young tike and wasn't even bothering us...but, this little boy dropped what he was playing with and ran like the wind all the way down to the end of the street. This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday.

I did have a dilemma, however. I couldn't figure out which of my illustrations to post. Above I have it in color, but below is a duotone I did with the same image. I really like them both...but they both lend a different feel. For the fun of it...I am sharing both.

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Please note! I am starting a new venture in cyberland! I have decided to try a weekly Photoshop Challenge. You can read more about it at my new blog, Weekly Photoshop Challenge. This summer I am teaching Digital Imaging at the college I teach...and, was planning on doing this challenge just with my students. However, I feel it would be great to have a nice, clean weekly challenge for anybody interested. I hope many of those of you that use Photoshop will play along!


Blogger I SHOULD be Boss of the World said...


I like both the color and the duo-tone illo. They tell a story, for sure. ...even make me think of my own bee stories. tee-hee.

I like the duo-tone illo - the pedal car really 'pops' from the fence behind it. 3-D like.

Sunday, April 09, 2006 5:59:00 PM

Blogger HARDWAX said...

This is a great illustration, it's fun, cute and a real to life event depicted. So good!

Sunday, April 09, 2006 6:03:00 PM

Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

LOL...Great piece. It's funnier because we've all been there.

Sunday, April 09, 2006 6:46:00 PM

Blogger ValGalArt said...

boy that will get you speeding faster than you can say bumble bee! Darling!!!

Sunday, April 09, 2006 7:39:00 PM

Blogger steve said...

Nice work Patricia!I can relate to that little boy sine as a kid i too was terrified as bees. My favorite thing here in the illustration is the red pedal car with the checkered design--reminds me of some of the older models from when I was youn. Oh, and YES, Cedar Point rules!

Sunday, April 09, 2006 8:11:00 PM

Blogger Marie-Dom said...

I love both of these and they make me laugh so much.

Sunday, April 09, 2006 8:11:00 PM

Blogger The Unknown said...

They both look great I think too.

Sunday, April 09, 2006 8:40:00 PM

Blogger Tanya Nichols said...

ohh i like the gray scale image ohh perdyyyyy hehehe ill look into your challenge later in the week!! love the image.

Sunday, April 09, 2006 8:41:00 PM

Blogger Lynn said...


Another great illustration! I prefer the color one, but I was a math major...what do I know about art? LOL


Sunday, April 09, 2006 10:00:00 PM

Blogger AndyDoodler said...

'Bee'autiful! They both work great- with such strong design as always- it'd probably also work upside-down. If just looking for 'speed' the color v. gives me more of that energy. (+ the yellurr T-shirt gives more symbol for his yellurness-- hahaha)

Monday, April 10, 2006 12:00:00 AM

Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

What a fun drawing, I like both versions too, I noticed more of the linework in the grey pic, but I love the bright kiddy colors in the color version.

Monday, April 10, 2006 3:11:00 PM

Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

I've never made peace with bees. You can never run fast enough.

Monday, April 10, 2006 4:01:00 PM

Blogger Andrea said...

This brought a giant smile to my face even though the little guy looks terrified! What kind of person does that make me?

Monday, April 10, 2006 8:26:00 PM

Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

lol they are both funny and fun to do! and cool new blog.. photoshop challenge.. tho wish to join that i have not installed my dust accumulating cd tssk! need more hd space.. sniif..

Monday, April 10, 2006 9:52:00 PM

Anonymous irvine said...

run run run... ruuuun....

I am alergic to bee stings too.. ahhh... but what a cool drawing! and hehe also in b&w!

Monday, April 10, 2006 9:55:00 PM

Blogger Shano said...

Tee Hee. I have to send this to my friend with a beeahobia. I particularly like the color version!

Monday, April 10, 2006 11:49:00 PM

Blogger carla said...

wrsuowgI like both pieces, especially since the subject is something many of us can relate to. I remember as a shild hearing that bees had some kind of "radar' so they could follow you wherever you ran! Scary:> The duotone wins out for me because it looks like an old photo and makes the scene look like a snapshot. Well done:>

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 10:38:00 AM

Anonymous the painted pear said...

I really like the idea, and agree it is hard coming up with something original. This is wonderful, and with spring around the corner...

I agree, you can't run fast enough when you see a bee, no matter how old you are. I like the old car toy, and I think I prefer the duotone, but both are equally good.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 12:26:00 PM

Blogger Angela said...

Cute story! I love the pedal car.
I like both versions. The duotone is nice because it is a story from the past.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 12:29:00 PM

Blogger Roz Foster said...

That was totally me when I was a kid. Bees freaked me out! Adorable illustration. Love the tossed aside helmet . . .

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:54:00 PM

Blogger Jaimie said...

this is an adorable illustration and the story behind it made me laugh

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 5:10:00 PM

Blogger Twisselman said...

I really like the classic pedal car. Wish I had had one like that when I was a kid. I don't blame him for running... bees can be pretty speedy themselves. But of course far better to just ignore them. Beautifully done.

Thanks for your comments on my post. One of my son's friends is vegan and told me that for every pound of edible meat ten pounds of natural resources are used. True? He has given up meat for ethical, rather than health, reasons.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 10:47:00 PM

Anonymous Paula said...

You surely came up with a very original idea; fun to watch and very well illustrated. Liked the story that goes with it, too.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 3:25:00 AM

Blogger isay said...

nice idea and this is so neatly done. i like his toy car and helmet esp.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 3:44:00 AM

Blogger tiffinix said...

I like them both - I can not decide. For some reason it looks more frantic in color. Either way it is a perfect take on the theme and fantastic illustrations.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 7:53:00 PM

Blogger Bron Smith said...

Funny and colorful illustration, as usual. Thanks so much for you kind comments too.

Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:52:00 AM

Blogger Montooth said...

wow... your illustrations are clean, simple, and creative. I like it, Keep in touch!

Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:42:00 PM

Blogger scribblesk said...

This is great ! Love the pedal car - very authentic!

Thursday, April 13, 2006 8:05:00 PM

Blogger scarecrow said...

Both of these are really nice. Got your speed on two levels. The kid running and the Flight of The Bumble Bee. There's some real speed.


Friday, April 14, 2006 2:19:00 AM

Blogger violetismycolor said...

I feel the same way about bees...they scare the heck out of me...

Saturday, April 15, 2006 2:16:00 PM

Blogger uvor said...

A precious humorous idea!
I really laughted!

Thursday, May 11, 2006 4:45:00 AM


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