Tuesday, August 14, 2007

IF - Emergency

As a kid I did go through a short faze in which I wanted to be a firefighter. I think it was because of a book I had with super fun old fashioned firefighters complete with the old trampoline net. That is also probably where my "like" of retro styling started.. hmm.. all the pieces are coming together.

Not to go off on a book tangent, but I can remember my favorite story books as a kid were The Little Engine That Could, Scruffy the Tugboat (the book was shaped like a tugboat) and The Fire Engine Book. Of course that isn't including all my Richard Scarry books, or my Star Wars Record Books.

See? This is why it's a good thing that I am not a firefighter, my mind wanders.. well, it roams more like a pack of hungry hotdogs. Mmmm.. hotdogs..


Blogger Alina Chau said...

Sooo cute and charming!

12:08 a.m.  
Anonymous tofusquirrel said...

I love it!!!!! A friend of mine is a fire fighter. It must be one of the most exciting jobs. There are always interesting stories to tell!

Funny you mention hotdogs because I just drew one!

12:15 a.m.  
Blogger Mr. Elliott said...

Love this, the attention to everyones emotions is nice, each persons/dogs individual personalities come out.

12:25 a.m.  
Blogger mike r baker said...

This is stupid! I mean, that's what the kids say when they mean, "the best thing ever", right? Wait, let me find some kids and try it out... okay, I'm back. No, "stupid" apparently means "stupid". I made one kid cry and the other kid ran to tell his mommy so I had to run away.

When I was a kid I had a Tonka fire truck with a ladder you could crank up and real rubber hose. You could hook a garden hose up to the back and the fire hose would work. I'd spend many happy hours lighting my sister's Barbies on fire and rescuing them. I wonder what happened to that truck? Maybe my sister knows...

11:21 a.m.  
Blogger Talitha Shipman said...

Very cute. I especially like the flashing lights on the hats and the look on the boy's face!

11:41 a.m.  
Blogger Focus_ret said...

I like it. The boy clearly is driving to a fire - but the girl thinks she is on a float in the parade. LOL!

1:16 p.m.  
Blogger Doug said...

very well done! What program do you work in?

2:50 p.m.  
Blogger bee'nme said...

Great work - I enjoyed this piece as well as several other recent IF submissions that I've missed (your art has a real heart to it) - I also enjoyed taking a walk through the Scribble Guild - Congrats! I love the proportions on this, as well as the expressions on each of their faces. Love your stuff!

3:27 p.m.  
Blogger John Coulter said...

Mr. Pickledog,
Great work per usual.
Congratulations on the Scribble Guild. I expect to see some amazing scribbles on there.


4:35 p.m.  
Blogger zari.ZHM said...

love it!...love the drivers expression, he seems so cool!

5:11 p.m.  
Anonymous michelle said...

Great work, love the expressions on their faces!

7:01 p.m.  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Hi eyeryone, thank you so much for visiting, and for the wonderful comments.

Mike, I had the same fire truck. It came with an awesome helmet too. It was stupid awesome!

Doug, I use Adobe Illustrator with a Wacom tablet for my illustrations. Occasionally I will use Photoshop to touch up the final file, but mostly it's all illustrator.

Thanks again everybody.
David & Pickledog

11:53 p.m.  
Blogger Angela said...

I had an awesome metal fire truck with ladders that could reach the tallest imaginary skyscrapers, but, alas, I don't remember a cool hose.
Absolutely wonderful illustration! I love the flashing lights and the movement.

1:33 a.m.  
Blogger JC said...

Your work is always full of character and fun to look at. I also like the little cute details you add, such as the very cool yellow boots on the girl. And the funny comments as well. But man, it's late and now I'm craving hotdogs!

3:40 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that driver is determined to get to the fire- or just look cool.

fun illustration!

8:29 a.m.  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

oh yeah, I am all about the Richard Scarry books. Somehow, retro style books always incorporated the trampoline net where anyone and everyone can get out of a burning building so easiy and safely.

btw the scribble guild is lookin' good! You guys are a talented group indeed:-)

5:21 p.m.  
Blogger imwithsully said...

Love the expression on his face. That is priceless. Will he tell her and the doggie to get serious once they arrive?

7:57 p.m.  
Blogger stangy said...

i suspect there are little kids today who will want to grow up and be some of the characters you illustrate - because of your super illos! love the boy's expression...i can hear the siren coming around the corner...

11:51 a.m.  
Blogger Holly said...

I wanted to be a firefighter too. Then an artist firefighter that could dance-I think it went something like that. Nice work David. Good luck with the Guild. Cheers!

5:42 a.m.  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Energized silly greatness!

1:03 a.m.  

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