11.09.2005

Illustration Friday: Night



I finally got around to doing an entry for Illustration Friday. This week's theme is Night, and so I thought I'd depict a moment one night when Ava actually got up on her own and went to the potty. See, she's the heavy sleeper type. She sleeps like a log and it's very hard to wake her at times. So imagine our surprise when we hear Ava's sweet little voice call out from the hallway, announcing her next venture. Andrea and I were a bit spooked by hearing her voice at such a late hour because our initial thought was that something's terribly wrong -- this was such an unusual situation. But thankfully, it was a false alarm -- just a trip to the loo in the middle of the night..

And yes, that's me with a beard. I'm trying to grow one right now. It itches like the dickens.

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27 comments:

  1. brings me back to my own kids when they were so young. this is a great entry. thank you.

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  2. Sweet illustration. Excellent color!

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  3. Give the beard another week. After a certain length it settles down and feels reeeeeaaaaally fuzzy and nice.

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  4. that is definitely something to remember. I remember when my son started using the potty at night. The first time, he got up, walked into the kitchen, and 'used' the floor, turned around and went back to bed. He was only a room off ;)

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  5. Sweet! I like the way you have done the light sources :)

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  6. A nice piece, Ward...as always your Ava anecdotes ( and depiction of her ) bring a smile and fond memories of similar scenes for us parents - thanx! :-)

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  7. I just discovered your blog (via flickr). Sweet !

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  8. good job on the illo... I went to flickr to see the larger version and took a tour of your workspace and book collection! Good stuff!

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  9. Is really cool :D Does she like herself in this ? :D

    I like this very much :D
    ciao

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  10. Love the illustration, like the light coming from the bathroom and the posture of your daughter, she still looks half asleep. My daughter has started singing in her sleep, we get woken at 2 in the morning with a rendition of 'wheels on the bus'.

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  11. Very nice. Except for the Apple ;-)

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  12. Cool illo; she is cute and you did a good job of capturing the surprise on his face.

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  13. Well, I have to admit with this site I've been one of those voyeur bloggers, who read and read and read and never comment. I think I've read every post here, so please keep up the great work.

    I like all the artwork you do because you have such a distinctive style, the simplicity of it is deceptive because there are few lines, but the emotions and moments you capture are so complex. I really like your new banner, by the way.

    I think the lighting in this scene is great. Both the lighting from the bathroom and that all too familiar eerie glow of the computer screen late at night really intimate surprise of the scene. I also really like how dishelved little Ava looks.

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  15. great composition and colors, it really looks like a late night. great sketchy background, expression on your daughter and that lovely laptop glow.

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  16. Wow, this is one of the best illustrations I've seen from you, Ward, well done. I agree with Courtney - the composition is really great. It tells a story in single frame regardless of the text. The computer screen glow is alive and obvlous without being distracting.

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  17. Thank you all, for the great comments! It's nice to see some new faces around these parts. I do hope you come back again soon. I have fun here.

    Kim Carney, that's a very funny story. My mom recalls one night I went to the bathroom (it was directly next to my parent's bedroom and they could look right into where the toilet was) and I turned around and actually waved to my mom and said 'hey,' before I did my duty. The next day I did not remember anything AT ALL. Sometimes I think to this day that she's making that story up.

    Lili, I'm glad you discovered me. Hope you snoop around and enjoy yourself.

    I'm happy to see you all take advantage of checking out my stuff on Flickr. It's like a 'special edition' Ward-O-Matic, where you'll see some extra goodies that you wouldn't see here on the blog. (But will soon.)

    Thank you, Megan, for your words. And I'm glad that this illo was good enough for you to 'come out' of the blurking closet! It's nice to meet you.

    In fact, it's very nice to meet you all. Hopefully we can meet in person one day.

    Thanks again, guys!

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  18. Cool illustration and she's so cute. You did a great job making her look all sleepy. Thanks for sharing the story too, it's always fascinating to read how artists arrive at their iFri soulutions.

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  19. i'd like to see a strip called "the jenkins" - it would be so fun! the lighting is amazing in this. nice work!

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  20. Wonderful drawing Ward. Sweet story! Beautiful colours! Congrats on capturing the moment so well.

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  21. you aren't going to acknowledge the apple?

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  22. Apparently I used to sleepwalk, I would carry on a full conversation with my parents and then my mom would tell me to go to bed, and I would, but not recall a thing in the morning. I could also tell you some horrifying incidents from when my brother was little, including peeing down the stairs, in the bathtub, and all the way down the stairs in the kitchen garbage...ew.

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  23. Super-Dooper, Ward. Hope she didn't scare you too much.

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  24. youve depicted the situation very nicely. nice detail as well with the little comment bubble and the mac you are working on. really cute!!

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