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!
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!
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
Wow … you have such unique style. I love your colorful, vibrant characters. Great work :D
Oh my goodness, your beasts are so charming! I love your etsy shop too. Really lovely work!
Isn’t that just like a man to under appreciate a woman/cow’s headdress. Geez. Cute story!
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 :)
What a colorful pair! :)
Oh, they are wonderful – full of character and vibrant.
I always enjoy your work so much. The post showing the progress and the story are great too.
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.
You are really making me want to try copic markers!!! Love your story that goes with the Illustration, wonderful!
Well done! Love the floral bow tie…
Great, Cindy! I really love the bold and beautiful colors of your illustrations – and their stories!
As always, your work continues to amuse me.
These two are so fabulous!
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments!
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!
Cute couple :) I too, want to try copic markers after seeing your work.
Mavis and Bernie are such a cute couple. A bright happy illustration, great :)
Extremely loveble creatures! What a joy to meet them!
Such a great couple. I absolutely love the story!
Thank you, thank you. :)
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!
Love, love, love the cows! I would love to see the Oompa Loompa goats…
Thanks for popping by my blog, too!
Wow! What wonderful details and patterns! Always fun to get a peek into an artist’s process- very creative work! :o)
they really are very fancy cows indeed.
The details are wonderful
Great cows! Painting one in copic markers is hard enough, let alone two. Awesome job!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Cindy … look forward to seeing more of your lovely work in 2012.
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
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
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!
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).
Love this bovine pair. So colorful. I linked your blog onto mine so I could visit more easily. Your animals are always so delightful.
I have just found your wonderful blog and what a joy it was. I hope they enjoyed that party!
I love the color and patterns you use in your illustrations. Very nice to look at :)
Thank you! Sarah, I tried to visit you but you didn’t leave a web address!
Your beasts are such fun! I enjoyed looking through your portfolio.
Very fancy! I like your style – totally unique! :)
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!