Monday, February 07, 2011

Illustration Friday: Reverse - Penguin Strikes Back

When last we saw our flightless rivals, Spring Chicken had decided he had had enough of Penguin's winter, and had successfully cleared away all of Penguin's white flakes.

Penguin was not about to give up so easily though, as you can see in this reverse play.


I've been working on picture book writing, but I thought these characters offered a nice opportunity to work on storytelling sequences through images. I've recently been more interested in comics and graphic novels, and wanted to try my hand at it, albeit be a wordless variety.

I don't think we can end this story with our chicken friend down. Penguin's days are numbered as Spring will triumph eventually. I've been feeling defeated by this year's harsh winter, but sunnier days will prevail. So, there may be another mini chapter in Penguin vs. Chicken.

Until then, you should check out the real deal comics over at The Illustrated Section, where the amazing Dani Jones has brought the works of numerous talented artists under one mega site!

Also, check out Abigail Halpin's brilliant new comic, A Thousand Cups of Coffee

and Jannie Ho's super fun Sketchbook Project comic.

25 comments:

Hannah Sommerville said...

Hehe, thats great! Love their little beaks :)

Maria Bogade said...

Oh they are so cute! I hope to see more of them!

Cally Johnson-Isaacs said...

Hehe brilliant! So much action!

Softpencil said...

I love your illustration and those cute characters!

Linda Hensley said...

Very cute! I like the part where the chicken gets splatted with a snowball :) But I'm wishing for spring with the chicken!

glimbit said...

She does comics, too?! I'm such a fan.

Ingvard the Terrible said...

Oh, man, this is great! You DEFINITELY have a knack for comic/graphic novel storytelling, you just HAVE to do one someday! I'll buy 10 copies!

Angela Matteson said...

Thanks so much! I appreciate the support as I venture into slightly new territory here.

Ana said...

love the sequence of action ♥

Red Herring Jeff said...

The groundhog is saying there's just 5 more weeks of winter! Ha-ha!

Great illustrations! I've been really enjoying this series with the chicken and penguin. Charming and dynamic in equal measures.

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

Spring chicken WILL make a come back. Just sayin'.

Angela Matteson said...

Thanks everyone!

Chicken has quite a challenge ahead of him. His spring garden being pummeled by snow was inspired by the cruel weather of April 2007.
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Manelle said...

Super cute. I love the story!

Beth Anne Maresca said...

Sooooo adorable! LOVE these two characters!

Julissa Mora said...

This is so entertaining...I love it! :)

Bella Sinclair said...

BAM BAM BAM!!! Oh Noooooooooo, Spring Chickennnnn! Hahahaha, this is rip roaring adorable! Get up! Hey, get up! What are ya, chicken????

Anne Curthoys said...

This is so cute! I love that you have done a comic strip/storyboard idea

poppylocke said...

They are such fantastic characters! I love the action too - great work!

SUZANNE LEWIS said...

These little guys are just terrific! Love SC's face when she gets smacked by the snowball. Good show!

tricky said...

yeeeey! Go Penguin go! Penguin is so cool! and his face at the end is just precious!

coralmoon said...

This is wonderful, nicely done!

Gina Perry said...

Fantastic Angela. Love every aspect - color, story, character, layout. Nice work!

Freckles said...

that penguin is freaking adorable!!!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Neck Balls hurt! I see chickly got one right in the back of his! I hate when that happens. Great work.
Love this.
V

Laura Zarrin said...

This is so great! The story telling is really working and the characters are perfect! I hope to see more.