Sunday, June 21, 2009

Raining Cats on Dogs



Dr. Longbody is sick of the weather and is looking forward to the hot summers without rain cats. Thank goodness for seasonal changes in the Wibbly Wobbly Woods!

14 comments:

Meridth Gimbel said...

ps. Sorry it took me years and years to post. (Typical) I'll do my best to keep up... :)

Cheryl Lynn said...

I can certainly understand Dr. Longbody's dilemma. Those cats have claws and his umbrella is quite small. I hope he gets his wish and the weather changes soon.

Shell said...

This is so funny. I love the rainy cats.

DEB said...

Hee hee...That ought to be one strong umbrella! Raining cats...Yikes! I might get knocked out of my tree if I'm not careful!
Sir Dante

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is off the chain crazy and fun!!! I love it!! How fantastic and funny!! HILARIOUSLY FUN!!! Great job. V.

Cheryl Lynn said...

Meridth, I keep coming back to Dr. Longbody. I just think he is such a fantastic character. Not only is this piece hysterically funny, but brilliantly executed. I love the raining cats!

You Rock for Real!

Lacy Snarr said...

I love the composition and I think the little red umbrella really makes the whole picture work.

Lacy Snarr said...

Oh by the way, Walter extends his greetings and says it is wonderful that there is another dog in the neighborhood

Meridth Gimbel said...

Thanks ladies and gents... and canines of course ;)

Lacy Snarr said...

I was wondering what medium you used

Meridth Gimbel said...

Brace yourself, Lacy for some babbling...

I start out doing a complete watercolor. Then I ink outlines on the piece with a thin waterproof Micron pen. Then I scan it and add some transparent digital layers of color. (This is because I like the texture of watercolor, but sometimes I want the color to have a little more punch.) Then I print it out and outline again with a Faber-Castell Brush pen. (They're great because they act like a brush with the push and pull of the pen... to make the thick and thin lines... and they never run out of juice.)

(Did that make sense?)

Lacy Snarr said...

thanks. I thought it was watercolor but I wasn't sure. That is quite the system, is this usually the way you work?

Meridth Gimbel said...

I'm still experimenting. It's the way I've been working recently. I interned with Brett Helquist (Series of Unfortunate Events) and he showed me how he works. He does an acrylic base to get the values and colors right, puts a matte medium on it to seal the acrylics and then highlights and finesses with oils on top. I liked the way that he did it and I used that approach for awhile... but being that I'm currently pregnant I had to find a more non-toxic way to work.

We'll see if I stay with it or not. I think I like the direction I'm going in for now (media-wise).

Loredan Avery said...

It's a really funny post. I really enjoyed your line work, and balanced composition. Welcome to the wood Dr. Longbody!
~Scribbles