April 10, 2007

108: Frog Life (It Ain't Easy)

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Illustration Friday's current theme of green couldn't have come at a more oppertune time. I've just finished a lengthy and arduous reading of Tim Flannery's alarming The Weather Makers, which at times made me equal parts angry, despondent and depressed. But I can take some comfort that at least the term "green" is back in the headlines these past few months, and looks to stay around with a heavy presence for some time.

Frogs and other species of amphibian are strong and early indicators that more-rapid-than-helpful climate change is occurring. They are especially susceptible to pollution and other environmental ebbs and flows, and as such their health and numbers are, as a whole, taking a harder hit than most critters you'll see kicking about on any given day.

Coupled with my sincere admiration of Jim Henson's Kermit The Frog, this hard fact helped direct my little tribute here to amphibians everywhere. So chins up, amphibians (if you have 'em – technically, I'm not sure) – some of us are doing our best to help your cause.

Sketched in pencil and then inked in pens of various thicknesses. Shaded with both pencil and charcoals and coloured in Photoshop. Total time, about four hours. Click here for a more detailed look.

10 comments:

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

At the risk of sounding uncool, Kermit rocks. It's not easy being green you know. I like your illustration! Great work.

Steve said...

Man this is too cool. Great illustration.

studio lolo said...

Love the recycle tattoo! Kermit (and Jim) are the best. yes, it's time we all pay attention to "green" awareness issues before we don't have anything to stand up for, environmentally speaking. Wonderful illo :)

Andrew Thornton said...

Very nicely done. I like Kermit too. We used to have a stuffed animal of him and made him all sorts of renditions and variations of that song.

cata said...

Where is Miss Piggy? heheeh
I love Kermit and the muppets show!
You make me smile!
Thanks.
Cata.

ben huff said...

hey Jeope. The Weather Makers is in fact a good, if utterly maddening read. Flannery was here at UAF giving a talk a few weeks ago- he's a wonderful speaker. he strikes a nice balance of hard science, and easily digestible information.

he was a breath of fresh air. this is what we are normally used to hearing up here...
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9492210

oh, and you know i love the illustration!:)

lew! said...

baddass!

mrs. b. said...

a wonderful illo and a recommended read as well, tremendous!

Jeope said...

Thanks, gang!

Lew, where you been all my life? Good to hear from ya.

ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

hell yeah! thats dope.