December 19, 2005

44: Imagine-ation

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The second-last Illustration Friday theme of the year is appropriately enough, imagine – and as such, nearly every thing imaginable qualifies, like these two chaps imagined from the depths of my brain. They say opposites attract, but more often than not opposites also repel – and these two obviously are not taking the season's good cheer to heart. This was a quick sketch of one bird done in pencil. After scanning, I duplicated the bird, flip-flopped it and then brought the two beak-to-beak. The fill is just some Photoshop goofiness, also inverted for the duplicate bird. Click here for a closer look.


Before the year draws to a close and everybody toddles off to their own corner of the world, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a fabulous, merry, happy Christmas. Enjoy what time you have off, and take the time to chill and appreciate the good things that are happening all around. Personally, my family is scattering itself across the country – across the New World, actually – to gatherings in Newfoundland, Ontario, Saskatchewan and even Nicaragua (my mom, bless her, avoiding all things freezing and exploring Central America until May). Kerry's amazing family unit is taking me under its wings again, keeping things nice and Christmassy – and for that I am extremely grateful.

And to the wonderfully supportive online clans of visitors from both Illustration Friday and the Howieverse, have a safe and smooth set of holidays. Wherever you may be, and whoever you're with, enjoy.

Bonus: below is a Christmas e-greeting of my company's art department I made for us to send out to all sorts. The top-secret photo shoot was done a couple of weeks ago. That's me in the top right of the group, but all the guys have wigs so don't nobody go thinkin' this is how I present myself every day. Tinting, saturation, type-work (the font is Adobe's Bauhaus) and two out of three moustaches are the result of some added Photoshop magic.

Merry Christmas!

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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like your psychodelic ducks and think your workplace has a fine looking bunch of workers ... now know where the sixtiies duck feather design was imagined :)

Merry Christmas JeoPOPolis!

carla said...

I love the expressions on the ducks...it's like a duck game of chicken! The colors and bubble shapes give them a retro look that kinda goes with your 70's get-ups below...very funny! Have a great holiday!

Rachelle said...

I like this illo a whole lot - very imaginative ... especially the "Photoshop goofiness" it adds to these characters. The menacing look in their eyes crack me up. Looks like some feathers are gonna fly. Merry Christmas!

Mustashrik said...

wonderful Jeope! love this xmas greeting card, you've got the feeling spot on!

;)

Doug said...

JEOPE JEOPE JEOPE
HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY!

I was so excited... I thought the photo was from a sequel to Napoleon Dynamite. IMAGINE my disappointment to find it is only your art department.

and your ducks? ..... sWeeeeet!

Don said...

This is imagination at its funnest. I love the cartoon birds.

Also kudos on duplicating the 70s feel... not an easy task to pull off so well.

juliemc said...

Psychedelic! (sp?)
Takes me back to a happier time...
j.

lew! said...

Noice Jeope!

The e-greeting is quite well done! Seems like your co-workers have a good sence of humor. (i wonder what that's like)

Anywho - good as always.

Happiest Holidyas to all!

(have you tried calexico yet?)

Tony Sarrecchia said...

LOL I can hear the ducks saying "Why I oughta...". Great job!

Holly said...

Great stuff. Love the card-made me think of Napoleon Dynamite! Cheers!

Princesa de Chocolate said...

Jeope
I love that card! Heh! I thinks it's fantastic you could persuade coworkers to play along!

Merry Christmas my friend! Sorry I've been so away for a while!... thanks for sharing your work with the world! ~ M.

String said...

Love it, lively in stillness.

Jeope said...

The photo was a team decision, btw - and a team brainchild, but I did do the Photoshoppin'.

Thanks, everybody!

devon said...

OMG! that card is AWESOME!!! i love it! lol. is that quill? haha. you guys look like a deranged brady bunch. or porn stars... WHERE did you get those clothes?!? damn you and your fun work environment. merry x-mas jeope! i'll miss you and the crew. i'm off next week. taker easy big guy.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes Devon that is I clutching the duck that stares down at me from my filing cabinet everyday.

Can't say we don't have a sense of humour!!

and thanks so much Jeope for putting this up for the world to see....

Michele Melcher Illustration said...

I love those ducks. And their spots!
awesome!

Shishany said...

Love it..

Urban Convert said...

Your stuff is always very cool. Hey, anyone that's got a thing for ducks . . .

Anthony Woodward said...

Like both the pictures. The photo is such a good idea and worked well. Speaking of family spreading out, my wife is currently in your province visiting her parents in Gimli for Christmas. They used to live in the ‘peg , but sold up and moved permanently to their cottage there.
Have a good Christmas
Cheers Anthony

Mary said...

That is so stinkin' hillarious! I LOVE IT!