Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Illustration Friday: Spring


I was hoping we'd get a 'spring' topic. A couple of week's ago I walked outside to go to work, and the air was warm, and the birds were chirping. I looked up and saw two robins on a branch. The first robin is always a nice sign that spring is here, so I figured two meant that mother nature wasn't kidding around. Then I glanced over at some other branches and there were 4, 5, wait, there were another 2 dozen or so robins gathered in the trees. I'd never seen a whole flock of robins before. (If 'flock' is even the right word.) Of course I've seen flocks of other birds, sparrows, crows, geese, but I've never seen so many robins in one place. It was a beautiful morning.

Then in true Chicago area fashion the very next day it snowed.

24 comments:

Dan said...

This is quite lovely. Nice work!

albina said...

Cheer up -- we will get our spring bulbs and blossoms yet. I loved the change of moods, minus the robins and snow on branches illo. You captured this capricious weather well! Happy Spring!

joona said...

I thought the follow-up picture of it snowing, was clever! =)

Debra Cooper said...

Angela, this is great little tale of spring and oh so true. I really like that you had two pictures and the words scribbled out on the second one. Love the background texture and your robins looked like they were here to stay.

carla said...

Great contrast between the two illustrations! I love your collection of robins on those branches - drawn so well! Don't feel too despondent about the weather; it can't last long. I snowed here all morning and is still coming down as freezing rain. IIt's dreaery, but it's bound to warm up again...soon, I hope:>

Geninne said...

I LOVE this illo! Beautiful work as always. It's a pleasure looking at your stuff every single time.

Bron Smith said...

I love the whimsical way that you've drawn the robins.

Rrramone said...

I have a terrible secret to share about robins, but it will have to wait.

Your illustration is great and very springy!!

Trevor Pitt said...

Haha! I love that you did a before and after illo combo. That's funny Angela! I can't say that I've ever seen Robins flock together either. Weird birds.

Mmmmmmm Robins. Now I want to go eat at Red Robin!

Great illo Angela!

Alina Chau said...

beautiful illo!! LOve the style, very charming ... have a touch of vintage style!! Warmth and lovely!

constanthing said...

Great drawing! We don't have robins in this part of the world (the tropics). It must be quite a chirpy scene.

edian said...

Wop! I haven´t never seen a robin, thanks for showing us this kind of bird. Very nice illustration! :)

stp-illustrations said...

Wonderful illo - I like it very much! Thank you.

kg said...

we had a similar day here of unseasonable snowfall a couple of weeks ago. the robins truly looked puzzled by it! your illos are great, and i like the colors you've used - i love your style.

TXArtcGal said...

Robins are one my most favorite birds!! This illustration is wonderful...and, captures them beautifullly! I truly enjoy all of your artwork! You are an inspiration!

bee'nme said...

Oh, robins are always a great sight, huh? I love the gentleness (best word I can think of) of this piece. Great palette too. And bummer about the snow- but this too shall pass :o) Lovely work!

Roz Foster said...

You know, come to think of it, I have never seen a flock of Robins. I usually see just one, maybe two. Here in Seattle, though, I think most of the birds (aside from the pigeons) are frightened off by the scads of crows, which, don't get me wrong, are stunning creatures. Refreshing to see your Robins. Beautifully done.

Aravis said...

This is a really lovely illustration!

Holly said...

Lovely work. I can relate-it snowed here too. Cheers!

anthony said...

this turned out very nicely. it could work great for an educational kid's book about the seasons. great job

Christine Walker said...

Very funny and true. Your Illo is delightful

wynlen said...

I love the illustration of the birds - it's so beautiful!
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tiffinix said...

This is just wonderful. Both of them really. Beautiful composition and lovely Robins. You are so good.

piero said...

i like how you mix text and drawings.
i like also how you mix chocolate and pistachio in the gelato;)