10/22/10

10 minute tidy


Here's the latest illustration I did for the upcoming December issue of Today's Parent magazine. The article points out tips on quickly tidying up when unexpected guests announce that they're about to drop by for a visit. Personally, I would just shove everything under the couch...or just not answer the door.

68 comments:

Pagas said...

wonderful!

ciao
Paolo

Tamara Henderson said...

Terrific illustration...even the dog is helping! My dog would take the shoe so he could chew on it later.

Nearchos said...

Wow Michael! Awesome image! Love your texturing!

Desiree Cassidy said...

I agree - beds and couches are great for hiding stuff!

Lovely illo! :)

Maria Bogade said...

Hahaha, what a lovely illo and how well I know that situation!I love your design very much!

salli s. swindell said...

i'm LOVING all of your illos for Today's Parent mag!!! 10 minute tidy is impossible! i need at least 10 days.

Lins Artyblobs said...

Great illustration

michele said...

Hee hee! You've totally connected, here! I'm laughing, but I feel the pain! :o)

Brad said...

i dont have kids but i think i will be going to get this magazine! wow!
always a thrill to see your new illos. i especially love all the mid century props you put in the background. awesome as always :)

Eric McGrew said...

Dig that illustration! Just wish I could use the tips. Here in Chile people don't bother announcing they're coming by. They just show up and expect onces. Sorry, that's a Chilean term for what they have instead of Supper/Dinner.

Great job Michael, hope all is well.
Eric

Eric McGrew said...

Oh, by the way... The coffee table is awesome.

Roger Simó said...

I do exactly the same!
The illustration is amazing, I love your style retro...

nina seven said...

very nice, michael! I really love the legs on the dad, he's bookin'!

Carlos V. said...

Dude you are one of the most talented dudes I know!! I can't wait for your show!

Nur said...

very funny!! and I also love the connection to the topic!!

DSM said...

Dude... you are the dudiest designer!
No matter hOW much you tidy up... make sure the porn isn't looping in the media room; I was so embarrassed... but the cheese balls saved the day!

Juan said...

A wonderful response to the topic!

Gabby Zapata said...

this is lovely! I love the colors :)

k.h.whitaker said...

great illustration, I love the style of this and I'd forgotten about the "10 minute tidy" I used to use it frequently because that was about as long as I could get anyone to clean for! ;)

Jason Dove said...

Michael, you are such a great designer! The layout of this piece is very easy to read and has great color and shaping! Not to mention the animation is spot on with the style.

Jack Foster said...

Hey Michael! Love the new profile pick! I always knew you were a teddy bear! I also love your take on the topic!! Been there done that! Occasionally accidentally stuffed one of the kids under the couch in the 10 minute madness :o) The dad's expression is perfect! Very cool that even the dog is pitching in! The visitors must be bringing Fifi with them.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Fun. It seems that most people reading Parents magazine now, though, would associate mid-century modern with grand parents or GREAT grandparents... no?

fhiona galloway said...

excellent work! love it!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Brilliant Michael. I wish some had told me that this was all I needed to do. he he he he he!!!!! I can't wait to pick up my copy of the magazine. This a total AWESOMENESS!!! You totally rock man.
Hugs
V

inkspot said...

That is such a great illustration!! It really made me smile! i love your attention to detail! Really great!!

Lou Simeone said...

Love it! Great style and energy!

Tracy said...

Another wonderful illustration :) I love that retro clock on the wall!

justdoodleit said...

Fantastic! The dog has the best expression...Although I wonder what is making that goldfish so excited?

bee said...

Fabulous! You have captured the moment perfectly. SO much movement, and the composition is fab :D This scene looks rather familiar to me (minus the kid) hehe!

nello said...

been there, done that, so many times! this is wonderful, the colors and activity are perfect!

duchessdoright said...

I'll look for it eagerly in Chapters, so I can buy a copy!

xenos said...

10 minutes only? that's just not enough time...

Thierry Cattant said...

Your style is better and better!!!

jazzlamb said...

Haha! I've been in this situation so many times! And what a great illustration to go with it all:D Really nice!

anil ks said...

..i really love your designs,colors and textures..great illo!!

froggie said...

so, you would shove evvvverything under the couch, huh? wow...if you mean tube socks and pizzas and dog toys all under the same place...

shuddder!

but yep! that wooould work! (unless you over did it and the couch starts to rise a bit off the parquet tile! ")

a great piece, michael! so fun! so much to look at! :)

Linda Hensley said...

Nice job!

String said...

Great illustration! I love all the furnishings too.

doodlegirl said...

WOW! I love this! I want this house and all the furniture to come with it, too, please. Oh! And your talent would also be lovely to have. :O)

psychopooch said...

Haha. Wonderful illo! And I definitely know the feeling...

tusen said...

hehe, great illustration.
Actually, I think I probably do it every time we expect guests ;) Thankfully our guest don't mind that much (or are very good at hiding it if they do)

Abhilash.N said...

Love your simplicity in Illustration and beautiful colors...! Also the page lay-out. Just brilliant.
Keep inspiring.....!

Justin Rodrigues said...

Congrats! This came out amazing. Great stuff!!!

Missy said...

This is fantastic, simply love it. I'm with ya on shoving everything under the couch.

Tomás Serrano said...

You´ve managed to grasp the hurry perfectly. And I like the 3D effect. Fantastic!

jmanu said...

ha ha that's true. Beautiful Illo, Michael!

Angela Matteson said...

You captured that hurried rush perfectly! If this was my place I'd have to quickly take down the wreath and christmas tree because they would be still up in April.

donny* said...

Hey, that looks like our family last Saturday night when the grandparents were coming over. Ha. Wonderful illustration! I'll have to make sure I get to see that issue so I can see this one in print. Great, great work!

Starlene said...

This is so wonderful! I love the colors and it's rich with action.

Piroca said...

Love the illustration, Michael, especially the Nelson clock. Shouldn't have added more clocks to that wall? lol. Happy Halloween to you both.

Francisco Martins said...

Hahah! I hateee unexpected visits! :P
Awesomeeeeeee illustration Michael! how do you do it?? Love everything about it! Looks so hard to achieve such a perfect composition when you have so many elements in the canvas! You are a genius! :)

I kinda need your advice on something, I will send you an email with a question, I hope that's ok! :)

Gavin Goo said...

A lot of fine details Michael! This occurs to me and my family on a regular basis :D

Great stuffsss!

Sjan Weijers said...

Love it, and cool retro furniture!

Mikelodigas said...

WOW so great i like it so much!!

Corey Parker said...

This is one of those illustrations that is so good, on so many levels, that people can't fully appreciate it at first glance. I don't comment on blogs - That's how good this illustration is. If there are any Illustration professors out there, I highly recommend that you use this for an example in problem solving, color, and composition.
What makes it even more amazing is that when it comes to digital work, Mr. Robertson has no idea what he is doing. He does everything wrong. I know this for a fact.

Bianca Beneduci said...

cool!!!

EYE LIKEY said...

not bad miquel-well, I would really like to see how you handle your next piece " The Cinderella Castle" -
Anaheim style! Maybe that well be in your next show coming up in the "creative galleria". Can't wait for the opening reception!

Eric Barclay said...

That's my house, alright. Great layout and characters!

GhettoFab said...

heheh Im finding out I really dont care what people think when they walk into our mess. Ive got enough to deal with....


great Pic michael!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Hello Michael,
I am just loving, loving, loving my print! Hope that all is well with you. Wanted to come by and wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving this season. Don't eat to much. Pace yourself. Hope that it will be a wonderful holiday season for you and yours. Take care.
V

andrebdois said...

PERFECT!!!

Alina Chau said...

AWESOME!

Tel Coelho said...

Hi Michael!

Amazing job!!!!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

You are to hilarious for word Michael. "Is that you in that hot little fringe number?" LOL! Oh yeah in my head that's me! he he he he he he! Eric Barclay would say, " Yup that there is my sister, face and hair, but body, well let's just say..... How about those Dallas Cowboys!" he he he he! You are so kind. Hey have a wonderful Thanksgiving once again Michael. You are the bestest from the eastest to the westest!
V

B.L.O.G. said...

bravo!!!
świetne, dowcipne, profesjonalne

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Gorillustrator said...

Loving your latest stuff Michael, especially the 10-minute tidy. Great to see you featured on Illustration Mundo too.

Gabriele Antonini said...

I'd like to see more childrens book with those kind of illustration.
Beautiful.
Gabriele