Thursday, August 11, 2005

Illustration Friday: EMPTY



Red. The Black Bear. You might say he's a little "empty". He's sweet as pie, but dumb, dumb, dumb. Bribe him with berries and wine and he'll love you forever.

Ok, sorta cheated this week. No time to draw for Illo Friday right now so I had to dig up something from my files. This lil' character was created (amongst many) for a show I was developing a couple years back. The pitch got good reviews, overall, but it never found a home. waaaaa! My friend Al and I had a great time working on it though. We laughed, we cried and a little like our pal, Red the Black Bear...we consumed much vino too.

112 comments:

steve said...

Yea! I am happy to re-introduced to Big Red! I loved your whole concept for the pitch. I must admit the Yeti was my favorite character you designed for that show.
Best,
Steve

Drazen said...

Excellent.
I wouldn't mind killing a bottle with big red myself.Bet he has good taste.
love his arms

carla said...

That's a shame you never got a show for Red - he's a cutie! Love his prickly fur.

Shirin said...

Bear is cute. I like he’s little ears sticking up like that. So what’s that fish up to then? Looks like he’s having a bit of a chat with someone outside the picture! Perhaps he has had a few sneaky swigs of the poor bear’s wine and is now at that have-I-ever-told-you-?-you’re-sound-man-you’re-sound-you-are stage.
Sorry about that. I think I got a bit carried away there; it’s very late at night here so please excuse me.

Uloo said...

Hurray! Red strikes again! Strikes out, maybe? I always liked Bunny's pink fur, but Red always seemed like he'd be a sweet friend. His head may be empty, but I'll bet his heart isn't, hmm?

pulga atómica said...

jaja funnier than joggy bear :D

Uloo said...

Additional opinion: I don't think you need be apologetic about drawing from your archives for IF, Paige. I think your position's an enviable one. Having an archive full of images ready for action is a testament to your unstoppable creativity! Neat-o!

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AmberLion said...

What an adorable painting. I especially like the look on his face as he gazes at the berries and wine.

Fulton Beal said...

Ah, I remember Red. I always thought he, and the other characters, were super cute. Shame really that they never got picked up, they would have made for such a great show. Still, its good to see him again. Love the tree trunk table

amy said...

hi...do you design greeting cards? i am a fellow artist and just stumbled across your site. will be back. peace, inky

Kactiguy said...

I've never seen him. Where the heck was I. I never get to see the cool stuff. Well.. until now I mean. Cool bear. Now I don't feel so empty.

tstar said...

ooh, Red's cute! haha..

constanthing said...

We all love the little characters we have created, even though they may not have found a worthy 'home', yet. But they'll always have a special place in the heart of the creators :-)

Paul Baker said...

wow - I'm loving your art. When the signed copies go on sale be sure to mention it in your blog.

O'Aries said...

wonderful art.

Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

Ahh - finally, an artiste true and true of the drawing / doodling kind... Greetings my dear! Me, I am, verily, a mere artist of the written word... Sometimes Wordsmith, Scribe, Pen-dismantler, Quill Quiverer, Master Scribbler, Écrivain, Author, Lyriciste, Poet, Homme de Lettres, Fabricant de Fantaisie, Sonhador, Auteur, Rédacteur, Escritor, Wiseman At Large, Concepteur, Rhymer, Paper Portender, Dream Weaver... and I have EFP powers! Vastly different from ESP, I assure thee... *lol* (E.F.P. simply means that I am fluent in English, French and Portuguese! :).

Stop by my blog sometimes - hope we can WORK TOGETHER eventually... words need visuals and the opposite can be true too - with the right project! ;)

Denis said...

Ah yes, I remember Red also. Whatever you put out there Paige, it's always good.

Anonymous said...

wow, I love Red the Black Bear. He looks so cute. I'll give him some food so he'll love me forever. Sweet.

wynlen
wynleDesign

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Anonymous said...

I feel the same way as Red looks sometimes.

***Double_Oh_No*** said...

I was just perusing your blog and I just love your illustrations! They have such a unique, yet nostalgic look to them. Art has never been my thing, though I always wanted to have that gift. (Unfortunately, I have a tendency to screw up a stick figure!)

I look forward to seeing more of your work!

:)

Malyn said...

i as well am one of those aimless wanders of the 'net who just happened to stumble across to your blog. love it. question question though: exactly how do you make your drawings? like do you use oil, pastel, watercolor? what do you use? anyhoo keep it and visit my blog when you have the time.

http://malynlareina.blogspot.com/

i work better with words then with paint.

-malyn

pinknpretty said...

Paige, love your bear, Red. He does look pretty "empty"! I've been keeping up with your blog for awhile now, and I've finally decided to participate in Illo Friday, too. Check out my blog sometime if you get a chance: http://whitneyandrobert.blogspot.com/.

melissa said...

stumbled apon your blog today and im lovin your drawings! especially like the METROPOLITAN girl drawings. going to keep checking back here :)

Mike King said...

I'm absolutley charmed by your doodles. I'm a new blogger, and just included a link to your site. Take care...

Mike
http://kandmking.blogspot.com/

abraham said...

i just saw your blog. and was wondering what you use to draw. ive been experimenting with many mediums. i like your work.

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www.unpurposed.com

Smook said...
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Smook said...

There is so much happiness in your illustrations, Paige! Even the dead fish that is going to be consumed is content in its fate! Excellent piece as always.

Jeffrey W. Bennett said...

Okay,
If I had half your talent I might be able sell better shirts of cafepress.

Keep up the cool drawings, I mean, they are great.

jules said...

You drawings are really good, I did try to become a cartoonist once but I had to abandon ship because of my school work and also I wasn't that good.

I particularly like your bear

Fanny said...

Hi Paige,
I've been told that you could help.
I'm trying to replace my blog title by a graphic i created but though i can now get rid of the title, the graphic doesn't seem to take the good place.
Could you help?
Thanx
Fanny

John Bryson said...

The big brown guy reminds me of the yeti in Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, only brown.

WBY said...

I just ran across your blog. Good Lord...could you be any more talented?

petals said...

Hi!

I chanced upon your blog from drinkit and I am most taken with your doodles. Kudos!

If you do not mind, I am going to link you to my blog. :)

Thank you.

Jeremiah said...

I love this picture. The crazy thing is I just got back from Yosemite National Park and there were tons of Bears there. Backpacking is fun :0).

Wai Pyo said...

I love your illos ... great blog

Cheryl said...

your illustrations are amazing! I would love to use your work for my office's Family Day t-shirts for the kids!

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Anonymous said...

You are wow! Superb!

I love your illustrations. Please tell me - do you sit down and do this for life? is this your occupation... enjoy drawing illustrations on your mac (i presume..)

nguyenuk11 said...

Duh! Why am I anonymous... thats me... msg me if u have the time! kisses from London

Knatolee said...

I love your artwork, Paige. Just wonderful! And the colours, ahhhh... :) No wonder you'e getting lots of work.

jeffysspot said...

wonderfull art here wonderfull art

BULLSEYE said...

Well alrighty then!

Jo said...

Sweet. Speaking of dumb bears reminded me of Winnie the Pooh and his obsession for hiney. At least this one's obsessed with wine :-)

HotJava said...

LMAO!!

zappa st. hubbins said...

hi! really like the illustrations. simple and sweet.
i've started a sketchbook blog myself, although very different from yours. check it out if you like.
www.drawingaday.blogspot.com

Theo Greene said...

Cute blog!!

mai said...

what can i say different from all these people?? I can just label tis as "amazing, touchable, impresive art". I admire the way you find the escence to the drawings, and caputure the emotions.

cheers!

mai~

R2K said...

Just when I think your work couldnt get any better... :)'

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Lissa said...

I just wanted to say that your illustrations are AMAZING!

Stacy said...

Hi Paige,

Love your blog! You are sooo talented. Keep the pictures and stories coming! :o)

Stuart said...

Wow, your work is amazing and fresh. Keep it up, I'll be visiting your blog regularly.

Cheers ...

Lord Havelock Vetinari said...

fine artwork!!!

sincereplot said...

I love your drawings,the longer i look i see something i didnt notice before...they help me smile when i need one,,,i like the bird bath

bryan said...

you have very creative illustrations.

Dilip Murthy said...

wow!
Stumbled upon your blog this afternoon (thanks to Blogger's Home Page). This is some doodling Paige!

No! Not just doodling!

ciao,
D.

artificial intelligence said...

I must say that I really love your style of artwork. I especially love this piece, though I can't say what it is about it. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

-britt

Dan Taylor said...

Hey Paige -

I was just looking at random blogs and found yours by complete accident! Weird. Well, now that I know where your blog is I'll be sure to check in more often.

gorjus said...

I saw you because of Blogger, which I never look at, but I'm so happy I did!

Are any of them for sale? Please e-mail me via my webpage.

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:) I added a link to your page from my page...

Terrie said...

Paige,
I love this bear! He looks like he is just so unsure of what to do next .. hmm eat the fish .. drink the wine .. or eat the berries .. what to do, what to do. I love your work and I linked you to my page The Vanishing Women so that anyone looking at my nuroces can be introduced to your art.

leonard said...

Hi i'm new to ur blog nice illustratsion though...cool with an edged to it! great! Do check out my blog..maybe u can get some inspirations? Peace!

MaMaMe said...

Love your work!! have you though of doing a card line?

Mark C. said...

YOU HAVE A GREAT BLOG. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Orange Fortune said...

nice blog :D

Nicole said...

^ I completely agree. ^
You've got a great blog, and that's a really cute bear! :-)

MelissaJ said...

I just wanted to tell you that I love love LOVE your illustrations!

k said...

stumbled upon your blog through blogger... very interesting characters... do you animate them into a short film as well?

3ngin33r said...

wow, your blog's always refreshing to the eye... well, in a way :)

marysia from Poland said...

You've got a nice blog and pictures are amazing :] You have a true talent, and I'm sure a great future in illustration.

Mizar said...

¡¡Fantásticas ilustraciones!! Te felicito, me encanta este espacio que has creado. ¿Cómo se dice en inglés, "cool"? i don't speak english very well, sorry, but your blog is a wonderwall, like the Oasis's song.
Adiós!

syushi said...

hi there!i guess i'm the youngest teen browsing your blog,this is my first time visit ti your blog and i'm an artist myself,but your works are extremely amazing!!

i dont know what type of art is this,i mean is this kind of cartoon-look-alike (but not that cartoon..)what is it called in art?

i do pencil sketching,oil painting and mural,but i'd like to try art like yours too.

what do you use do draw those?a magic pen?watar color or something?please share with me..thankx!

Paige Jennifer said...

Hello from another Paige. Just wanted to say thanks for the daytime entertainment. Your art is such fun. I am sure your goals are much loftier but some drawings would be fantastic for a set of notecards. Just idea. Thanks again - looking forward to your next post!

3ngin33r said...

'elo again :) uhm, wanted to take the youngest blogger title :P no offense syushi.. and yah, I suck at art, hence the reason for my frequent visits here. Keep up the good work Paige !

Lisa Sonrisa said...

Hi Paige!

I was updating my blog and saw that you're listed under the "Blogs of Note"!!! Pretty cool!

Lisa :)

Noette said...

i love these pictures =P good job =]

girl_by_thelake said...

Hi! I love your drawings! They're so cute!
Keep it up!

P.S. Do you sell greeting cards? I think you should! =)

braindead said...

coool! that bird bath especially, also aging. how do u make these 'cartoons'?

Samantha Gonzalez said...

Hey... amazing stuff. It's really quite adorable. I like your technique. It's very soft and pleasing. The style is very hip and trendy. I like it. Can you add friends on blogger? I am kinda new. One day I'll post some of my stuff. Stop by mine sometime.

Magnus said...

Very cool site. Love your illos and your blog name.

Mark said...

Your illustrations are great.

Please post more!

AmeriKaKanKare said...

Great work once more!

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Naina said...

Hiya. I was just blog hopping and stumbled on your blog, and I love your art. <333. You're so talented.

Billy said...

Poor Red. Good illustration though.

miragee said...

Hi Paige, I am new to ur blog. I love it a lot. I have an art blog of my own too, but I am trying to be better. If you are interested, come visit me there:-)

Keep up the good work!

Jabril:Love Song #3 said...

YOU ROCK!! Very cool artwork, yo.

Marce said...

my gosh.
I found out your blog, and oh my god...
Your illustrations are awesome! I really like the "Tranquility" one...congratz!
Laterz!

Paul said...

Great pictures

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I'm begging you Paige!!!!!
Go to
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And give me some advice on improving my art work (especially color?)

Anonymous said...

Nice work simple but cute.
Keep it up....





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The Stewarts said...

You are outstanding. I love your work. If you ever start selling prints of any of them, I'd love to know about it! I will keep checking back for that reason, and because I'm hooked on seeing what you draw next!

Lily

PandaPanda! said...

hahaha omfg that bear looks so dissapointed!
I LOVE IT!

tramster said...

MY GOD! Ur an awesome illustrator! I absolutely looooooooove your work!!!!!!!!

Kactiguy said...

I'm begining to feel empty myself. Time for another post from Paige me thinks.

Giselle said...

I absolutely LOVE your blog, and your art...very intriguing!

Muse said...

I love your illustrations! The bear has got it going on

Danice said...

You're amazing, thank you for sharing your art with the world. I look forward to your posts.

(o: Smiley said...

Cool piccies!

airikshin1ng said...

I must say thanks for sharing your works, its very relaxing and thereaputic. Please blog more often...

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Heather said...

LOL! I like him!

lyregal said...

Your stuff is beautiful!! Don't ever stop drawing. Your talent is just too great.

Tracy said...

Love your art! Amazing!!

Andrew Najberg said...

I really like your artwork. I'd love to see you add an extra level by putting on captions, or perhaps drawing a series or two.

atomicvelvetsigh said...

firstly, i like your illo.. its simple and yet beautiful... (found your link at another contributor's illo) then i saw your comments.. 110.. tssk.. now i find a couple of spammers.. brr now they do comments too? tired of unnoticed emails eh?

klamka bez drzwi said...

heloo
bonjour de france - j'aime tes illustrations :)

Shahab said...

hi there
it is such a amzing weblog i have ever seen .
shahab

The Megan said...

what super cute pics!!!

The Megan
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teejaysole said...

this bear reminds me of a typical human condition. we all seem empty, yet can be temporarily filled with goodies. what really fills the soul? I have found Jesus Christ is the way to go. love, adventure, eternity!

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