Tuesday, February 01, 2005

FRIENDSHIP

I am always fascinated by the symbiotic relationships that exist in nature. Something about those little birds perched atop those great hulking, moving mountains... I wonder if they "greet" one another. The bird arrives and says something sort of like, "Morning! Just going to be up here picking ticks and other parasites off for a while. Just give a holler if any areas need my particular attention!" In return, they live in relative safety--unmolested by other animals. I guess it's kind of like the nerdy kid who lives under the protection of the school bully in return for letting him copy his homework. Symbiosis. What a concept!

23 comments:

Allan L. said...

That is absolutely perfect! Are you by any chance a fan of Peter De Seve?

Anonymous said...

loving these illos...so much character
kerry

Shelly said...

wow James! You are very very talented! I wish I had the ability to actually draw and paint something to look so real......

Jared Chapman said...

James you've done it again! You've knocked me onto the floor with a smile on my face. Great illustration! It captures "friendship" to the T. Great job!
:)

Joe said...

James ,I loved it from the first moment, your post is great!

chillies and chocolate said...

Very good!

Sheila Hudson said...

Wonderful drawing and thoughts about friendship!

Ms Elle said...

James! You are my ILLO IDOL! LOL You're so good! I actually had a similar sketch done - only it was the birds that pick the teeth of the crocodiles never being eaten. However, since your drawing is so awesome, I'm going to go work on a different concept. Thanks for sharing your talents!

Elle

Dee said...

This is a great sketch. I love the detail and personality of the rhino. (I also had a similar concept, except it was a bird ont he back of a wildebeast. Hm, guess I better get the gears turning again. Time for something new!)

Heather EspaƱa said...

Awesome! Great technique and subject...and I love that this isn't "fantasy". It happens all the time in nature.

Janey said...

Amazing - what a gift you have. Any time I need inspiration all I have to do go to Illustration Friday!

Amanda said...

Greetings from London!
YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Fantastic work! Would love a lesson or two from you. :)

Thank you for sharing your talents,
Island Girl

Anonymous said...

That's perfect for the theme! I love it!

~Heatherica

Anonymous said...

That's great :)

Songspinner
http://www.livejournal.com/users/s0ngspinner

Anonymous said...

I can feel the slow swinging move they do together, even if only the rhino moves his feet. Your picture comes alive for me. It´s a great one!

papunella
http://papunella.twoday.net

jawjie said...

wonderful.

Elisa said...

This is so great! The expressions and linework are so well done, definately brings a smile.

Anonymous said...

really lovely

i just love that you are imagining the whole situation - translated.
not only do you draw beautifully but your writing is very evocative too

Anonymous said...

this is an amazing and charming illo...love the expression on the face of the rhino...priceless...

violetismycolor
http://valentinois.typepad.com

Kim's Suitcase said...

very nice drawing, symbiosis i too wonder about...

Giao said...

Fantastic take on the topic! I love it!

Gnome G http://www.xanga.com/gnomeg

Alun Clewe said...

At the risk of repeating what everyone else is saying anyway...great drawing. I like the concept of the bird and the rhino looking at each other in greeting before the bird starts its work, and the rhino's complacent smile is great.

Anonymous said...

Marvelous idea and wonderful rendering.

--Kim
http://www.livejournal.com/users/trinity3kim/65930.html