9/11/09

fall feast



Since my last couple of posts have been kind of dark, involving a devil and a murderous mouse, I decided to lighten things up a bit this time. In these two illustrations, I attempted to capture the feeling of a vintage Little Golden Book that's been stashed away in some attic for thirty or forty years. I used muted colors and old yellowed paper to make them look appropriately aged. I haven't written a story to go with them yet, but I do have an idea rolling around my head. It's about a bunch of woodland animals that get together to welcome the fall season by throwing a big feast. Unfortunately, the bear realizes he has to last all winter with no food and decides to devour all the other animals as well...sorry, I couldn't help myself.

76 comments:

Desiree Cassidy said...

Funny yet tragic story :) I love little golden books, you did a wonderful job capturing the feeling those illustrations have!
Cheers! :)

justdoodleit said...

Wonderful characters and a really amusing story. Although it's hard to imagine cute Benjamin suddenly devouring all other animals.

JEM 'n Tonic said...

Your works always amaze me. It's like you can just illustrate anything that comes to mind. That must be nice. I'm just stuck with abstract and sculptures. Don't ask me to do anything realistic.

As always, your art is GREAT!

Dante Terzigni said...

Awesome idea! these really look vintage and modern at the same time. you should finish the book!

salli s. swindell said...

michael! these are superb. I love golden books with their little gold spine. really great color palette and vignette-ing of the image. too bad the bear goes bad. can't he be a vegetarian? I still like him either way...

Bryst said...

Oh thanks, I really like your illustrations!

krisztina maros said...

great retro mood! i just love the bear's sweater :)

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Oh wow! Great job mimicking the 1950's Golden Books look! Actually, seems a bit like a mash-up of Richard Scarry and Hanna-Barbera Studios! Extremely well done!

Tatevik Avakyan said...

Beautiful work!

ArtSparker said...

These are a lovely pair...the bear looks so sweet, I am shocked...

Roberta said...

Never invite a hungry bear to the party.... or at least have a lot of extra hors d'oeuvres on hand!!

These are great! The do look like they were pulled from a vintage Golden Book!

nina seven said...

excellent work! they do have a vintage, golden book look to them!

happychinchilla said...

Can´t fight nature, a bear needs food.
Love your illustrations!!

Karen said...

Hey Michael, before I even read your text, I thought to myself... how did I miss this Little Golden Book my whole life. You have definitely captured the feel! I love Fionas eye liner too.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

It's the nature of the beast man!! That's what these guy do. And if you see one in the woods he ain't gonna be the one that's found in Golden Book, but more like , When Animals Attack!" he he he!!! I love all your stuff. You make this 46 year giggle like she was 6 again watching Buggs Bunny! I love how you really aged these babies and made them feel like you just pulled them out of a trunk to share with us. It's AWESOME! You have got to tell me how you do this! It's really beautiful stuff. YOU ROCK, but you already knew this? he he he he! Have a swell week.

Roger Simó said...

What a wonderful illustration!

Gavin Goo said...

These illustrations are PERFECT! Love the characters. So nostalgic looking!

Christina said...

beautiful pieces!

Abz said...

Very very awesome! I love them!

Eugenia Gina said...

wooow! Glad I stumble on your blog, gotta bookmark this, very nice style :)

Abhilash.N said...

Beautiful style and colors...!
Kids will love this book...!!

Manola said...

absolutely beautiful!! I like so much this vintage style! ♥

Noor Mohammed said...

Stunning designs. Your each character tempts me to animate them! Nice and Simple!

BINO said...

waouu!! That's amazing! Great design!

Justin Rodrigues said...

Great! looking forward to more.

Chris Kennett said...

You've nailed it! Well and truely. Great work.

FRANK M HANSEN said...

You captured the look extremely well. but also added your personal style. Super, amazing work. Thanks for the compliment on my abstract log piece.

Edrian Thomidis said...

These are great! You've really captured the vintage look! Well done!

Edrian | view my blog

Tomás Serrano said...

Beautiful characters. You could do a very nice children´s book with this style. It seems really old.

paige said...

freaking awesome!

Jason Curtis said...

These are incredible Michael. You absolutely nailed the look you were going after (vintage Little Golden Books).

I think the story is freaking hilarious by the way. The book would start out all fluffy and friendly, but then everything would take a very dark turn and end in a very non-Little Golden Book manner. Love it.

R.Dress said...

These are so cool. I love the design and the color choices. Very Golden Books:)

Jason Dove said...

Michael, I love the whole idea that you made the colors muted and the paper aged...Not to mention the Shaping and Character designs being so well put together. Awesome Stuff!

jmanu said...

what!!! he he great characters, love the bear

Jmontiel said...

I love Fiona and Benjamin. Great designs!!

Gilberto Valadares said...

great designs, friend... :)))

Carlos V. said...

I believed you when you said this wasn't dark!!! Then it ended up being really dark!! LOL! Great stuff!

Cheryl Lynn said...

This is amazing. Boy, do I miss having the internet at home. Your stuff rocks! I know about not being able to help yourself. I have the scenario of goldilocks and the three bears that is a little warped. You've inspired me to start working on it right away, he he he!

Have a great afternoon.

anna wadham said...

I love it!! I especially like the fox one, I've just posted a fox illustration on my blog as it happens, but I like yours more than mine:)I love your style here- does look very retro which is great!

Mr. Pinkeyes® said...

yeahhh the texture and your work rules! i love it! :D jeje greetings! nice work!

Jeff Harter said...

Hey, fellow Cleveland-er. First time caller here... great blog and work!

Alicia Padrón said...

OMG these are wonderful!!! What an amazing blog you have here. :o)

R.Dress said...

Thank you sir. Again dude very cool work;)

FRANK M HANSEN said...

Thanks for the nice compliments on my blog. I see you have no shortage of fans and it is no surprise. Your work really stands out and reads so well thanks to your skilled hand and smart design.

Eric Barclay said...

Really outstanding work. I'm loving the devil (prev post) as well.

Pencil Pocket said...

Oh these are so great! Totally nostalgic and yet modern at the same time, with wonderful character. Super stuff. I love seeing your work!

Christiane said...

These are lovely, a very authentic vintage style! Love the autumnal feel.

Tel Coelho said...

Hi Michael!!!!
I liked it
great textures and colors!!!
those are very good!!!
congrats!!!

Caroline said...

What super illustrations - you caught the feel and it took me back to my childhood!

michelle said...

That Benjamin is a CUTEY!! He can come on over to my place with that wheelbarrow full of apples and pumpkins! I love this time of year! Great illos! I love the speckled background. And patterns on his fur. Nicely done.

Michelle Henninger said...

Sorry, the above post is mine, was logged into the wrong account.

donny* said...

now, how can i look at that smiling bear knowing what going through his head. what an imagination! brilliant illustrations.

Art Fan Ako said...

Yes!!! I love this illustrations so much! I was a children's librarian for many years and these are right out of a book!

Mighty Kwan said...

I looked at these and IMMEDIATELY thought Golden Books! Well done Michael!

Angela Matteson said...

Hello fellow Ohioan!
I love these! My favorite is the foxy fox! You captured the vintage look beautifully!
I also really love your 'Idle', 'Tango', and 'Diablo'. Great blog. :)

Ivan Aguirre said...

Hey ahel! thanks for stopping by the blog!! your work is fantastic!! you are really talented.

Ivan

nessadee said...

It look as though you ripped them out of a Little Golden Book. The vintage style is wonderful and the yellowed paper really adds so much.

Marcos Cohen said...

Your blog is truly inspirational. I really like your style. Thanks for looking at my blog

Amy C said...

these are adorably adorable!
And you have totally captured the Golden Books feeling.
I can't tell you how much I love your twisted humor - it's all fantastic.

Francisco Martins said...

Hi Michael,

Thanks for visiting me and for leaving a comment in my blog.

I really like your work and I think you have an amazing style. Very original and fresh!

I'm going to add you to my links list. I hope that's O.K. with you!

Cheers!

Francisco Martins

Alina Chau said...

These are wonderful!

matt dawson said...

You've succeeded admirably in capturing the treasured little Golden Book feel... don't apologise for the bears actions, THAT"S a story I'd love the read (doesn't paint me in a good light then :) Magical work!

Thiago Cruz said...

i really love your work (sorry fo my english)

incredible!

3ster said...

Hi Michael, many thanks for you comment. Love your art, great creations!!
Nice to come around here ^^

Gaia said...

Fantastic! I love your style and the "darker" posts are great too, but these two are truely amazing!

EDGAR ERNEST said...

I really love the artwork you have.I am working my way into the animation buisness. I was wondering if you can check out my blog when you have a chance and comment on my work.

Kyri Kyprianou said...

Wow, these are perfection!

Cauê Zunchini said...

Hi michael !! your recently posts, are very very very beautiful, Im fan for your jobs heheheheh !!! sorry not talk more but Im not speak english very well rsrsrsrrss !!

abraços
CAUE

pakoto said...

Really I like your illustrations


un saludo!

CHA(TON) said...

Thanks a lot for your comment on my blog, I'm very flattered :)
I just discovered your blog, and I'm in love with your work *.*

(sorry, I don't speak englise very well...)

Sidney Meireles said...

fantastic!!!

bibouse said...

Woh !
Great job Michael, I love you're real vintage style. Awesome !

jefferson costa said...

maravilha!! um belo trabalho!

michael robertson said...

thanks everyone-glad you liked 'em!

tweedlebop said...

one more - great, witty work Michael!

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