Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Illustration Friday: Sacrifice

The pain of being abandoned is often too much for a once beloved stuffed animal to bear. Some of the forgotten ones turn to self-sacrifice, offering themselves up to the almighty shredder to become pillow stuffing in one last desperate attempt to be close to those who once promised to love them forever.
I always intended colour for this one, but this chalkboard sketch version came about during the process, so I thought I'd share it as well.

29 comments:

Franfou said...

the characters are beautyfull ! I like your concept !

Alina Chau said...

Ooooh nooo pooor stuff animals!! Love the illo, pretty!

mishka said...

oh that is so sad. Great concept and lovely illustration.

flossy-p said...

Oh gulp, that is so sad. You know after I saw Toy Story 2, where the little cowgirl toy gets forgotten under the bed, and then left in a box by the side of the road, I was devestated. I went and dug up my old teddy bear and apologised profusely. That was some years ago now, but your illo has reminded me to go hunt him out again.

Zara said...

Lovely idea and illustration!

lil kim said...

oh how sad, but at least they're being recycled.

*DeB* said...

ohhhh mean! I still love my stuffies!
Good illo though I really want to rescue that sock munkie...

irisz said...

ohh poor animals... nice picture!

bill zeman said...

yes poor! I don't know why with all the problems in the world stuffed animals can touch us like this, but I cried at toy story 2 also.

benconservato said...

poor stuffed animals! My bear is in a box far, far away... love your illustration even if I don't dig the mincing of animals of any sorts.

Kaya said...

A beautiful and moving illustration. I'll cuddle my pillow extra close tonight (and I still have my old favourite Lion hidden away in my top drawer so he's close).

trophiogrande said...

I'm just glad none of them where the panda from my childhood. Great piece.

Sweet Pea said...

Aaaw! Poor little guys! :)

TXArtcGal said...

I always wondered what happened to old stuffed animals! Wonderful take on this week's topic!! I love the color version and the blackboard sketch as well! Reminds me of an old blueprint! Wonderful job!

erika said...

oh, cutie pies. poor dolls. the movement is great.

smoen said...

Very cute but sad illo at the same time. I love your simple shapes and use of color. Great job!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

What great concept, and great execution. Very nice. Thanks!

Angela said...

Thanks for all the nice comments, and I wanted to let everyone know that no stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this illustration. The ones shown here are for demonstration purposes only. :)

carla said...

Oh...this seems so sad! What a thought! You have such an imagination, though...and the drawing is so beautifullly done.

carla said...

Oh...this seems so sad! What a thought! You have such an imagination, though...and the drawing is so beautifullly done.

wynlen said...

What a great idea! I feel sorry for those stuffed animals.

Anette
www.wynlen.no

J. E. Morris said...

How tradgic, suicidal teddies. Wonderful idea.

ValGalArt said...

this would be horrific if it wasn't so clever, funny and amazing!!! Very, very sad!!! I love this Angela you are a genius!

michael dailey said...

wonderful illo but sad thought. your rite about pirates in the end, look at what happenerd to the guy from Enron and other famous X CEO's. thats why they make sure they have tighty lil severence pkg to fall back on when they're all done pillaging and plundering the public at large. and u can be sure they dont leave the ship with out it.

Pickledog said...

Very nice illustration, and your story has me wondering just where my beloved Poo Bear is? I hope he didn't do anything drastic, but I'm glad to see the machine is set to "extra fluffy" : )

Amy Zaleski said...

Very imaginative stuff (no pun intended)! So fun and playful. The commentary is great as well.

Trevor Pitt said...

AWESOME!!!! KILL KILL KILL!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAAAAAAAAA!

Trevor Pitt said...

So does this represent stem cell research or the Middle East? I can't make heads or tails of it Angela! HA! I LOVE this piece...I'm not sure you'll ever be able to top this because it is soooooo friggin' great! And I think you spelled color with a U because your chalkboard sketch looks like a homage to Simon from 'Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings.' Simon would want the stuffies to sacrifice themselves as well...not because he was an Imperialist, but because he worships the Aztec Gods and he believes their lives are a payment to Huitzilopochtli.

tiffinix said...

Fantastic - so cute and a sock monkey too! I love this - perfect for this topic! Wonderful!!