09 December 2005

Surprise

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58 comments:

Ian Sands said...

Hey that's great. I love how the little deer are looking around and trying to figure out what's going on and what this box in the woods is.

and all that with just a few simple black lines.

Well done.


~pony

andrea said...

This is a surprise just for the way you've handled the subject matter. Very clean and dynamic.

M said...

I'm pleasantly surprised by the coats the reindeer are wearing. A very happy, warm idea for those animals in the cold. Like it!

Teri C said...

I love the design of the whole illo. Cute interpretation.

Majane said...

very cool!

Anonymous said...

Like how the deer are as much a surprise to us as the gift is to them :) Beautiful falling snow - very delicate - in fact the deer are also beautiful and delicate! Fine work :) You are moving towards minimalism ...

LudaChristian said...

This would be a sweet Christmas card.

Nice work!

Sandy said...

Ey, yous guys, what's in da present? Um Spike, it's a surprise.

Shhh, ya hear that? I think I hear sleigh bells. Man, I hope that fat dude in the red suit doesn't make us pull his sleigh again.

Aw well, since Cat made us some pretty Reindeer blankets at least we'll stay warm in this lovely snow.

Sleigh bells ring are ya listenin?

Spike, be quiet.

Well, we make such a pretty picture, it makes me wanna sing. geez, yous guys, calm down. Get some "Holiday" (hehe) spirit, will ya?

S

Penguin said...

Simple and cute.

Courtney said...

love the patterns and clean, clean lines. perfect for a snowy day. :)

Catnapping said...

thank you guys for your comments. i too like the simple lines in this.

and spike? yous can sing all yous wants.

Leezy said...

Less is more. I love this and the other latest posts for their simplicity, and yet they speak volumes... wonderful!
Thanks for stopping by :)

ValGalArt said...

wonderful! so clever and fun!

Janet said...

I like it!

Tanya Nichols said...

love it! I enjoy the clean lines...also the light snowflakes .. so beautiful..

Rachelle said...

Your image is endearing in its simplicity. Great snow too!

onclejohann said...

This is a charming piece of work. I like how the deer are waiting for the birth of yet another of their kind. Christmas reindeer, that is. Very clever, Cat.

The Unknown said...

I love it love. Simple and beautiful.
love

carla said...

The deer remind me of the little birch bark deer people make and put on their lawns...very stick-like and cute. I like the use of pattern on their bodies and the very simple tone on tone background...It's very graphic and pleasing:>

LDahl said...

I really like the snowflakes coming down ...they seem to be part of the surprise:)

Virginia Valle said...

Inspirational piece great work ;) I love it, in this moment Im working with christmas card for my dad ;)

modroom said...

So simple and subtle and effective, the gestures are captured brilliantly.

Tiffy said...

I love the dears, they have gift wrap patterns which is similar to the gift. Very fun!

St John Street said...

thanks for the kind words I think your designs are great love the look of it

Cecilia's Art said...

hi! i like this one! jajaja!! its really good!!!
very good!

Twisselman said...

Yeah! Deceptively simple. There's a lot going on there. Really like the contrast between the patterns of the snowflakes and the patterns on the deer. Great subtle shadows on the snow. Nice.

Natura said...

Love the simplicity, it's really cute! :)

Caroline said...

I love this I wonder that's in the box... will you reveal all later like a one-door advent calendar?

Queen Tut said...

excellent, love the thoughts behind this!

Tony Sarrecchia said...

This would be great wrapping paper. Sooo, what's in the box?

Atlantean said...

I love the way your mind works. The compos are brilliant, perfectly chosen and limited to the essential.

The result is always good, and truly inspirring, as well as your thoughts.

Loved the wasp story.

ratlion said...

You know, when we think of depicting surprise, most of us usually try and use the whole 'raised eyebrows, open mouth and wide open eyes' thingie to show the feeling of surprise...Amazing that you managed to make the deer look surprised without using any of the above :D

Knitting Painter Woman said...

What I enjoyed most is MY surprise at deers in coats! And then I wondered what present they'd asked for. Love it!

aynaku said...

a surprising illo, very cool...thanx for your comment on "max"

Holly said...

Very lovely. It looks like they are wearing very stylish sweaters. Well done. Cheers!

steve said...

this is a great case for less is more. very cool.

cristosova said...

in the midst of snow
no deer lifted a brow
when the parcel fell
only Martin took a smell.

what a great group of (rather hapless looking) deer!

Isa said...

Nice work! happy christmas!

Wilnara said...

Nice illustration! I like the fact it's so simple and it comes to live with simple splash of color and texture. Nice.

isay said...

simple lines but attractive. i like this one. what's on the boxes?

Nekbat said...

This is so cute. Simple yet endearing.

Aravis said...

This is beautiful! I like the style in which you did this.

zordis said...

I can see you have many admirers.

Simple is often the best thing in life. Good karakter and the best unsolved surprise. Thx. for the visit it vas a nice surprise!

gudbrandsdottir said...

I must agree with last comment, simplicity is often the best, great picture, may I recommend you use it on your christmas card... that would be a good surprice for those who will receive one :)

Thank you for visiting my site as well, and for the nice comment :)

Pickledog said...

Wonderful linear cautious deer. Great design.

violetismycolor said...

this is wonderful...reminds me so much of those mechanical reindeer that you see on folks' front lawns...Hey, MY neighbor has one of those..

Amy said...

Very creative, sweet, and innocent. Love the way you made thier bodies. Simply beautiful. I could see this on a card for sure.

character_ed said...

Great!!! A lot of character and expression on the deers.
Very good idea, concept and everything!!!
Congratulations!

scribblesk said...

I love stuff like this so spare, so mod.

coffee81 said...

simple illo for a nice cold season. nicely done.

James said...

Elegantly simple. I love the fabric swatch bodies. Nice job.

frank h said...

VERY VERY NICE!
For me, that like very simple things (like Haikus as well) your works are great.

m.b said...

Very sweet. Simple. Eloquent. Nice!

Alina Chau said...

COOOL illo!

JacqueLynn said...

Very Merry Christmas to you, love the picture!!!

Anonymous said...

Mewwwwy Cwisssmasss *Burp*

Nabeel said...

did you draw this yourself ..
since the reindeers are the presents what are we supposed to do i.e. how to get the presents out? kill them and then see what's inside?

Ian T. said...

I love those nonchalant parents! Do reindeers believe in Santa? :) Cute, funny and right on the the theme!