Fancy Cows in Copic Markers for Illustration Friday

Costumed Cows, Copic Markers 8.5×11

So I left town for about 4 days and when I came back I started playing video games (Civilization 5, meh – I start over a lot because the beginning is more fun than the middle) and some tower defense games, all the while glancing worriedly in the general direction of my drawing table. Before I left, I had been completing two pieces a week, posting 2-3 times, getting right on the IF prompts and so forth.

When I finally sat down to draw a couple days ago I was not happy with anything and started over repeatedly. Then finally I glanced up at the Bonny Bovines and I was back in business. (The last sentence was brought to you by the letter “B” and curious cows everywhere.)

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is “separated” and Mavis and Bernie (above) have not been separated for more than four hours in the twenty-seven years they have been married. The four hours happened the first weekend their neighbor, a Shetland Pony, first brought home a small herd of miniature goats.  The goats promptly jumped the inadequate fence between their properties and proceeded to stamp across Bernie’s garden.

Bernie, with ineffective help from the pony,  gave chase and returned home with most of the goats four hours later.  He extracted a promise from his neighbor that the goats would be properly penned in. (It was not, of course, the last incident involving the goats. But that’s another story.)

Bernie and Mavis sat for an earlier portrait in one of my earliest pieces with Copic Markers, which can be found here. And now some progress pics!

Costumed Cows Initial Ink

Costumed Cows Color 1

Costumed Cows Color 2

Costumed Cows, Copic Markers 8.5×11

There is an ear overlap problem that I left alone. Bernie’s right ear (our left) should just have been angled backward more (and been smaller), but alas! Mavis’ nose got muddied up because I forgot I had used the Copic black marker rather than pen for some of the dark in her nostrils. (The marker is meant to blend and so smudges easily, unlike the pens.)

A final note about this pair. They were bickering at each other ALL DAY while I worked on this portrait. Bernie wanted to wear the mustache on his nose and Mavis told him not to be ridiculous because it is too small for his nose. He retorted that her headdress thingie was totally from the wrong time period if they were going to the costume party dressed as Victorian steampunks. (The party, incidentally, is at the shetland pony’s house. Apparently the goats have been dressed as Oompa Loompas and will be serving oat and carob snacks.)

It is Sunday evening and already 186 IF entries have been posted!  Thank you for stopping by to visit mine!

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41 Responses to Fancy Cows in Copic Markers for Illustration Friday

  1. ArtSnark says:

    What a fun post & great color! I keep meaning to try those markers out and after enjoying your rich illo I’ll have to put them on my Xmas list

  2. Doodle Isle says:

    Wow … you have such unique style. I love your colorful, vibrant characters. Great work :D

  3. The Beast Tender says:

    Thank you!

  4. Oh my goodness, your beasts are so charming! I love your etsy shop too. Really lovely work!

  5. Isn’t that just like a man to under appreciate a woman/cow’s headdress. Geez. Cute story!

  6. Amanda Pollard says:

    I love it! (And the fascinating story behind it; I hope those were damned tasty oat and carob hors d’oeuvres – pesky goats…!). Great to see your process, too – I really enjoy watching a piece evolve and build over time, and there’s a real thrill when you see such a vibrant, engaging result as your extremely dapper Bernie and Mavis :)

  7. Tina says:

    Oh, they are wonderful – full of character and vibrant.

  8. Sylvia says:

    I always enjoy your work so much. The post showing the progress and the story are great too.

  9. I appreciate vibrant colors and drawing with personality and your illustrations have both. I like the textures you include in your illustrations. Nice whimsical work.

  10. Jessica says:

    You are really making me want to try copic markers!!! Love your story that goes with the Illustration, wonderful!

  11. Well done! Love the floral bow tie…

  12. Abby says:

    Great, Cindy! I really love the bold and beautiful colors of your illustrations – and their stories!

  13. Mel Bohrer says:

    As always, your work continues to amuse me.

  14. Beth Anne says:

    These two are so fabulous!

  15. The Beast Tender says:

    Thanks to everyone for the nice comments!

  16. I don’t mind the ear arguments, but I think they should have some time away from each udder. Absence makes the the heart grow fonder, and love gets regurgitated in time.

    ok I’ll stop now.
    nice expressive bovines you have here!

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  17. Hannah says:

    Cute couple :) I too, want to try copic markers after seeing your work.

  18. Mavis and Bernie are such a cute couple. A bright happy illustration, great :)

  19. Georgiana says:

    Extremely loveble creatures! What a joy to meet them!

  20. Koosje says:

    Such a great couple. I absolutely love the story!

  21. The Beast Tender says:

    Thank you, thank you. :)

  22. Ann says:

    Wow,Great detail. And love that you use such dramatic lines! Thanks for ur comment on my blog! I do love your work and am glad to have found you. :) Bernie and Mavis should never part! Great story as well!

  23. Heather says:

    Love, love, love the cows! I would love to see the Oompa Loompa goats…
    Thanks for popping by my blog, too!

  24. Amy C says:

    they really are very fancy cows indeed.
    The details are wonderful

  25. cedds says:

    Gorgeous couple!

  26. Leslie White says:

    Great cows! Painting one in copic markers is hard enough, let alone two. Awesome job!

  27. Gay McKinnon says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Cindy … look forward to seeing more of your lovely work in 2012.

  28. Carole says:

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the new year. Happy holidays and glad to see you are getting your groove back, as Dorothy said “There’s no place like home Toto”. Carole

  29. Anne Jutras says:

    Hello Cindy!

    I just click on the link the Leslie put on her blog, wow! What a wonderful discovery! Your work is absolutely gorgeous! Love it! :D

  30. Beth Parker says:

    WOW!! I was brought here by a link over at Leslie White’s blog. Your cows are wonderful and I’m in love with them. I can’t wait to explore the rest of your blog! Happy New Year!

  31. The Beast Tender says:

    Thank you so much to all you great visitors, whether new or returned. And Happy New Years to all!

    I am definitely mentioning Leslie in my next post, which will hopefully be this weekend when I join Illustration Friday again. (I did add Leslie and some other terrific folks to my Neat People Links on the right side of this blog).

  32. Ruth says:

    Love this bovine pair. So colorful. I linked your blog onto mine so I could visit more easily. Your animals are always so delightful.

  33. Janet says:

    I have just found your wonderful blog and what a joy it was. I hope they enjoyed that party!

  34. sarah diehl says:

    I love the color and patterns you use in your illustrations. Very nice to look at :)

  35. Your beasts are such fun! I enjoyed looking through your portfolio.

  36. dogeatcog says:

    Very fancy! I like your style – totally unique! :)

  37. Your colours are so vibrant and pretty. I like your patterns very much too and you have some great ideas. Thank you for stopping by my blog too!

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