Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Illustration Friday: Heavy


I had the idea for this little illustration back in the fall when I was remembering one autumn when I was viciously attacked and bitten by multiples of ladybugs, or rather it was most likely the fake ladybugs who masquerade as the nice benevolent ones, but are in fact nuisance worthy Mexican been beetles which feast on crops, and apparently exposed flesh. Anyway, it got me thinking that maybe the real ladybugs should have a showdown with the impostors, and the idea of the ladybug sumo wrestling bout was born. I had tried a few sketches at the time, but couldn't get the positioning right. 'Heavy' seemed like the perfect topic to make another attempt at it, and I have to say I had fun with this one. Some ideas just need extra time to marinate.
This was painted in photoshop, and was enhanced, as the last post, using some free brushes offered by the brilliant artist, Alex Dukal.

23 comments:

thedoodlegirl said...

Such a clever idea!

Tim Hunt said...

Very funny. You really captured the feel of them "squaring off".

Sherri said...

cute! i love ladybugs and would have never imagined this scenario. very creative!

pupu said...

LOL. Sumo little bugs! What a cute idea! ;)

Eric Orchard said...

Ha! This is hilarious! Great picture.

Monica said...

What a fun idea, heavy duty ladybugs sumo wrestling! I love their sumo outfits and look of sheer concentration. They mean business!

elizabeth said...

Funny and clever!

Amy Zaleski said...

A really funny idea and well executed. Vicious ladybugs: who knew? Thanks for the wall of "H"inspiration. A cool decorating idea for sure!

NANCY LEFKO said...

what a clever, original idea....a total switch on how we think of demure ladybugs...wondefully done !!

Richard Cardona said...

That's a great concept. And well illustrated too! Nice work!

SENTA said...

I have never heard of those mean ladybugs, I will definitely look twice next time I see one!! I love this, your work is so beautiful. You've got such a great style.

sketched out said...

What a great idea and adorable drawing! You're so talented, I love your stuff!

I had never heard of the mean ladybugs, but I agree the good and evil ladybugs should have a showdown, hee hee.

Oh, and thanks for the link to the PS brushes.

Bee said...

What a great oringinal idea and really nicely done!

xenos said...

now that is an interesting take on the theme. are they wrestling in a glass or petri dish?

RyanLoghry said...

Great concept, and beautifully executed. I'm going to check out those free brushes.

Cheryl said...

Wow! I love sumo! And now I love your lady bugs, too.

carla said...

Wow! I've never heard of ladybugs that bite! We have them all over our house, but they must be of the benevolent variety! Your illustration is so creative and humorous. The sumo "diapers" are such a great touch!

SLW said...

This is wonderful! Very creative.

Pickledog said...

Awesome! Go lady bugs!! I like the brush textures, they look very natural.

lil kim said...

oh, this is brilliant. fantastic idea and great colour choices!

andi butler said...

angela, they are too too presh! i love 'em!! so springie, i can't wait for some ladybugs!! not too many though!

a : )

Alex Dukal said...

Pretty funny! I like it! Thanks for the link to my website and to the PS Brushes!
Cheers!
Alex

Kathy Weller said...

Ha ha ha -- this is too funny!! Great!!