Sunday, June 10, 2012

IF … Shiny

a close encounter
The transport device was just up ahead. It sat, twinkling in the sun, making the eeriest sounds. First it seemed tortured and wailing, then changed to an odd gurgling. We moved in for a closer look and soon found ourselves locking eyes with an alien life form. (Incidentally, we thought it rather curious looking … not a speck of fur on it, or a tail. Still, it wiggled a bit.) Something about it's gaze though, made us feel all sun-shiny on the inside.


©2012 Mardi Speth All Rights Reserved • Watercolor, Gouache & Ink


19 comments:

  1. Oh they really are little aliens, aren't they? How utterly sweet that you show P & B just peeking in! This could SO be a greeting card!! Yay, Mardi! This is GREAT!

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  2. Ohhhh this is one of the sweetest illustrations ever! I love all the context you put into the IF choosen word. It's really adorable. One of my favourites, no doubt!

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  3. Hello Mardi:) I just wanted to say what Elizabeth en Fados already said:) They knew it!

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  4. Haha, what a great tale to go with the illustration! And you always come up with some new adorable pose for one or the other (or both) to get into. Beautiful old-fashioned carriage, too! I would like to hang out with these two one day. So much adventure!

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  5. Awwww, what a cute close in encounter ;) Adorable!!!

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  6. Awwww...... So innocent and charming.

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  7. Funny story to go with a beautiful illustration. I love what you've captured.

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  8. So cute!! Lovely illustration and great story!! :)

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  9. I think Elizabeth is right, this would make a great card. It makes me smile :)

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  10. This is adorable and perfect for the face of a baby shower card. (anybody you know expecting?)

    The circular elements and movement make for a stable yet energetic composition

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  11. This is just too adorable - love the little mouse (and her skirt.... cute!!)

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  12. Ha ha! I love how Buttercup is perched above, peering in upsidedown!

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  13. you're storytelling again.

    I'll bet that you could simply show your illustration without the writing and it would still communicate well. You're very good at telling stories visually, even when simple and concise.
    This one is a meal in itself. Well balanced and nutritious, and a complete protein to boot. It's held together nicely by the critter's postures as they lace themselves into their mystery... Again Buttercup is the visual star, but this time Peet holds his own too.
    ~~the 'smiley' carriage is a nice touch.


    this is the back cover of one your upcoming books.

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  14. Cute! I like your use of line weight.

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  15. Adorable. I love the old-fashioned pram.

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  16. Another wonderful illustration. I love following these two pals on their journey through your illustrations and the adventures they have. I always look forward to your entries to IF. :)

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  17. Love this...the round composition and the way you've positioned everything do a great of directing the eye into the baby carriage. We can almost see the baby in there!

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  18. They are adorable!Great colors:)

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