Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Daily Sketch: Happy Birthday Hookahfied!

Mannie, one of my most constant commenters, is having a birthday! It’s one of the big ones, too. Happy 21! Don’t get too used to booze, it’s not really worth the trouble!

Anyway, she’s had me thinking over Alice in Wonderland pics. I’ve already mentioned, in my Agnes sketch, that I don’t feel entirely comfortable drawing work that has an “official”, distinctive look to it--especially if it’s a look that I like. Well, shoot, nothing is more distinctively illustrated than Alice-- Tenniel’s gorgeous detailed work. Ya’ll’ve seen my work; I’m not going to slag on myself here, because that would be daft, and I’m not ashamed of my stuff. But not only am I not in Tenniel’s league; I’m not even in his game. I’m doing freeform dives, and he did kung fu. Frigging impossible.

And I grew up with that stuff. It would be impossible for me to forget his interpretation of the story. Even the *Disney Animators* drew off his basic ideas, and they were a whole studio!

But I’m trying anyway. And I’m enjoying it, I must say. I like my Alice, she’s mine, and I’m having fun with the various rabbits. But there is no Cat but Tenniel’s for me, I fear.

More Alice later, I'm sure.


Sygnet Creations said...

A perfect sketch for the Birthday Girl!! oh And a Happy Birthday to Mannie =)

Carapace said...

It looks a lot better little, I think. Hope the girl of the hour likes it!

MagdaleneJewels said...

One of my all time favorites "Alice in Wonderland" I think you did just to the caterpillar. And Happy Birthday to "whooooooooo areeeee yoouuuuu!"

Mannie Vincent said...

OH CARA!!!!!! I love you! Seriously... this is too sweet! I just about want to cry! Thank you soooooo much! I'm blogging about this today (: I can't wait to see what you do with more Alice!


XOX ~ Mannie

Rose Works Jewelry said...

That's such a cute sketch! What a great birthday present :D