Thursday, December 13, 2007

Illustration Friday: Little Things

Sometimes it's the little things that make life wonderful like enjoying a pint at Ibsen's favorite pub.

Usually commercials are annoying, but I love the Citibank commercial with the father and son in Norway. The dad is so adorable, and has the most gentle, sweet eyes. I tried to capture some of his likeness, but I couldn't quite get his full cuteness. For those unfamiliar with this commercial the son asks his dad what he wants to do for his 60th birthday, and the dad says he'd like to go to Norway, the land of their ancestors. They sample the local fare. They see the fjords, and get new sweaters. Then they go to the hall of records, and discover that they are actually Swedish, and buy two tickets, and set off for all new adventures. You can see the video of the spot on YouTube here.


Special Thanks
to Norm Golden
for stopping by,
and sending me
this great photo!

22 comments:

N. Pathak said...

great work, I love the art style used in the illustration

Paula said...

Great angle! I, too, like the fine pen style and color palette.

Paula

Nicole Florian said...

Really nice work, story including!

sheree said...

beautiful illustration! love the textures, the color choices --- lovely!

i also like that commercial - it makes me chuckle :)

nina seven said...

nice work and I love the story behind it. Thanks for your nice comment on mine. I had big hair in the 80's as well!

Elizabeth Metz said...

I know the commercial you mean! You've captured the Dad quite nicely, in all his sweetness. And I love your drawing style.

LeChHe said...

I really like your concept for "little things"! Your drawing style is very unique, and the colors are great. I love this commercial too!

sketched out said...

I've seen that commercial, it's so cute! You really captured the spirit of it. Just love your style!

Trevor Pitt said...

I think your piece captures them perfectly, -a!

But unfortunately that commercial irks me a bit, they just come off as Ugly Americans that can't tell their ancestral and cultural differences betwixt Norway and Sweden. :( Plus, I hate credit card companies, I'm sure you can remember why.

Just being honest.

I'm going to go finish a post of random crap now. Seriously.

enigma said...

seems like it's an interesting commercial--nice depiction!

Angela said...

Thanks everyone! :)

I see what you're saying Trevor, but I have to disagree about the ugly. Not everyone has the luxury of knowing their complete ancestral history. I myself, don't know as much as I'd like. I say they get credit for taking the time out of their fun vacation to do the research. And, it also makes for a comical ending. :)

Kstyles said...

Your artwork is great!

Amy Zaleski said...

You got the likeness...this is really cute, Angela. Thanks for continuing to visit. :-)

Nemo said...

I´ve been seeing the commercial, cute!And your ilo is really cute too, beautiful soft colours .
And thanks for commenting on my blog!

glimbit said...

It's a good commercial, and it gave me the idea to mistakenly think I'm Hawaiian for a few weeks.

I like this, and I like their sweaters most of all. No, I like their beer most of all, with the head of beer foam.

imwithsully said...

I really like the concept behind the commercial. You really captured their likenesses here.

Eric Orchard said...

Ha! I kmow that ad, it is good. Your stuff lately has been better than ever.

vikingdad said...

Angela -- Just terrific. You've captured the commercial and the real life characters. What a terrific illustration. I'd love to get a copy. Are there paper prints or is this only a computer image?

I'm flattered that you'd be moved enough to illustrate the moment . . . I had a ball playing the cute Dad "not" finding his roots in Norway . . . though some other blog sites felt the Dad was a bit dim-witted. Either way, cute or dim-witted . . . the spot has effected a lot of people. I'm thrilled.

Please get back to me.

Thanks . . . Norm

Angela said...

Norm-
Thanks so much. It means a lot that you approve of my illustration. :) It is a digital piece, but I can send you a print.

You can email me your address from my profile page:
http://www.blogger.com/profile/15814233499129314323

Pickledog said...

Viking dad approved! How cool is that?!

Very sweet, and their jazzy snowflake sweaters make it festive for the season too.

mrs. b. said...

you're right David, the sweaters are awesome! I love that commercial, and I love this illo, too sweet!! Happy New Year!!

a : )

Trevor Pitt said...

That's so awesome that Norm took the time to contact you over this illo!
He's cool!