November 2, 2012

Shy

Getting a jump on Illustration Friday this week, I've pulled out this little character drawing I did not long ago. I think it fits the bill for this week's topic-- "Shy."
I'm still mucking out from weeks of deferred maintenance, so to speak, due to Henny and my little vacation--but I'm certainly not complaining. My family and friends back east have a lot more serious mucking out to do. I send my support, best wishes, and xo to them all!
pencil on paper

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  1. This is gorgeous! You have captured shyness so well! I feel like cuddling him/her but I am sure she would be too shy for that:) Beautifully drawn.

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    1. Thanks so much. She probably would be, but your kindness would undoubtedly leave an impression! :)

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  2. awww this is so adorable! <3 it haha
    hope all is well dear

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    1. Jeanie! Thanks...as ever ;)
      PS I SO enjoy your FB posts :)

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    1. Having some familiarity with it helps ;) Thanks, Gail!

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  5. aaaaaaawww! She is SO sweet! I've been thinking lately about being shy. So often, I feel pushed to the front to be the outgoing one - after all, I'm not only the pastor's wife - I'm from California garsh darnit! ;) I've just been allowing myself to be 'retiring' lately - it's such a relief and much more natural. Ahem! What I'm TRYING to say is that, once again - I can relate! She looks comfortable to me! =]

    xxo

    (never shy around friends, though. =] Hence the flood of words.... whistle, whistle. =/)

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    1. That's because she has her super-blankie. Thanks, dear Katy! :)

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  6. Oh, I just want to grab her up, hug her, and say it's all okay. This is a precious drawing Lizzie!

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    1. Thanks, L.! I'm so glad this touched you in that way :)

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  7. Really? How do you do it? I'm with Ru--I want her right beside me. :)

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  8. Oh , ce dessin est trop beau ! ce petit lapin est mignon comme tout !
    Bon week-end
    Sacha

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  9. Ahhhhh blanket, a bunny after my own heart!
    Di
    xxxxx

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    1. One must have a blanket to combat shyness. It's a requirement ;) Thanks, Di! xo

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  10. OH DEAR, this is the cutest thing EVER! ELIZABETH, you put so much emotion in such few lines...that is what I always enjoy achieving! BRAVO MY DEAR! ANita

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    1. ...And it seems to me, dear Anita, that you are always achieving! Thank you! xo

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  11. Oh my goodness, as someone who suffers from extreme bouts of shyness at times (especially in groups), this sweet bunny has my heart.
    Merci et Bon Weekend!
    Heather

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    1. Heather, I'm so glad this little bunny has your heart! What a wonderful compliment. Re: your shyness-- might I suggest a blankie? ;) Thanks!

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  12. Oh my goodness, bunny with blankie. Serious cuteness!

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    1. Blankies always help. I just love that you called it a blankie ;)

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  13. OOOHHHH I love this bunny, he is so cute!

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  14. So sweet!! Lovely illustration... absolutely adorable!

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    1. So glad you think so! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  15. Oh, Lizzie, I wonder just where she comes from ...

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  16. Sweet little bunny...we all need our blankies at times.
    Perfectly perfect Elizabeth...
    xo J~

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  17. The cutest ever, so adorable with that little blanket :)
    xo sandra

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. I think his blanket gives him just a wee bit of courage ;)

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  18. Lovely anthropomorphising your cute, little rabbit.

    I remember I had a teacher who was against anthropomorphising. It didn't took me long before I was against him :-) I wondered if he ever had a horse, dog, cat or bunny. Because if you have, you inescapably start to notice how human animals are. Actually, the more you start to love them, the less you can pinpoint where animal-ness ends and human-ness begins.

    I feel the same here with your wee bunny.

    Well done, Elizabeth.

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    1. Re: anthropomorphising- so well put, Paula! I can't imagine being an illustrator for children and not doing so. This teacher sounds, to say the least, boring. Glad you like my shy little shy guy. Thanks!

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  19. Beth, he is absolutely adorable - perfect for shy!

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  20. Hello Elizabeth:
    Perhaps it would need a great stretch of the imagination to think of ourselves as shy or retiring, but we can certainly identify with the wonderful feeling of comfort and security to be gained from snuggling into a warm, woolly blanket just as your delightful bunny is doing. Sometimes, the world is just too much to face, and so one seeks shelter wherever it may be found. May all those who have suffered distress in recent events find peace today!

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    1. Hello dear J and L -- I think I would like to hire you for my PR managers ;)
      Most importantly, though, I heartily endorse your last line, and pass it on to all those who need it. Thank you!

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  21. I tried covering the bottom half of the image, just to look at the face. And yes, it is shy - something in the eyes? You are clever!

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    1. Thanks, Rob! I'm so flattered you think so :)

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    1. Awww...thank you Missy, for the sweet comment ;) :)

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  23. so so SO adorable!!!!!! :)
    If I wasn't a collector of cats, I would definitely buy a bunny like this one!!! :O ......CUTE!!!!!!

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    1. I like that you are a collector of cats >^..^<
      Thanks!

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  24. If this sketch was created into a stuffed animal,it would be a huge seller.

    I join you in sending good wishes to our unfortunate friends affected by Sandy (the witch)

    Helenxx

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    1. Sandy certainly was a witch! Yikes. Now...enuf already!
      Thanks for stopping by, Helen!

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  25. That's so cute and sweet I think I just got a cavity. That's too awesome by half!

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    1. Who would have thought that Shy Bunny could be a threat to oral health? Be sure and brush, and thank you. :)

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  26. Adorable bunny! Wishing everyone on the east coast a speedy recovery!

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    1. I do too, Linda. I'm afraid it won't be speedy, though :( We can only hope.
      Thanks!

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  27. Shy and sweet. And I bet that vacation was amazing! We stayed at Inn Paradise. It lived up to the name.

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    1. Yes! It is paradise. Now we're in for our usual cold and wet, and all will be just a distant memory. Sigh. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by, Sharon!

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  28. You have captured the theme perfectly well with such a cute adorable bunny!

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  29. What you don't see in the picture frame: The farmers wife sharpening her carving knife!!!!

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    1. Heh heh heh...what a mind you have, Mr. MacGregor -- downright Beatrix Potterish (and you are so aptly named ;) )

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  30. Indeed, I am afraid Rod is right: the bunny's eyes look more frightening than shy ( because of knife??)
    ;)

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  31. The shy see carving knives in the eyes of every stranger. Poor little bunny, probably everyone just wants to pet you!

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  32. Too, too, too CUTE!!!
    I would love to wrap him up and cuddle the poor little guy!
    naomix

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    1. Yes, I think he would love a little comforting ;) Thanks for stopping by, Naomi!

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  33. Speaking of shy I'm reading Susan Cain's book right now: Quiet, the Power of Introverts. Those eyes definitely say shy but those ears....
    P.S. Great blog.

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    1. Thanks so much! I've heard a bunch about that book. I think I'll put it on my list...thanks for the reminder :)
      Glad you like my blog and thanks so much for stopping by!

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  34. Oh Elizabeth...he is precious! Such a gentleness about this piece. I, too, am sending my heartfelt hopes for a speedy recovery for the East. It's so hard to know that so many are still suffering so much. Wishing you a great rest of the week and progress on your wonderful projects!

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    1. Same to you, Shirley! All we can do is support and carry on!
      Thanks!

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  35. I love the blanket clutching ... as if it was about to be taken away.

    Magician:
    Listen, shy Bunny, if you want to be pulled out of the hat ... the blanket goes ...yes?!

    Shy Bunny (shyly) no

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  36. Wonderful!
    You've captured shyness perfectly.

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  37. ahhh he is so cute. Love it Elizabeth!

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  38. What a lovely blog. I love your rabbit and your chicken. Glad you like things with stripes - so do I!

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  39. Hey! I always forget what a good artists you are, until I come and visit then I have to hit myslef across the knuckles (don't worry I enjoy it!) for being silly and not coming earlier... soo... How did you do this? I mean did you sepend ten years observing shy rabbits from behind a rabbit proof fence? Amazing how you have captured the moment and the feeling and the body language and translated it into pencil. Hmm must be witchcraftwork that's all I can say :) sorry am getting ready for a show so opens next week I'm doing everything press drink invites speakers blabalh so it is hectic! see you soon :) metaphoricallwhixxically

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    1. Andrew...thank you so much for this very flattering comment. Come by any time ;)
      As I mentioned, BEST of luck to you for your show!!

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  40. Aw shucks, that’s such a little sweetie. reminds me of my Millie.

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  41. He is really cute. Sitting there shyly and looking for someone to comfort him. What happened, was he hurt by somebody else, or didn't he get his carrot he was looking forward too? Or maybe he just misses his close friend who is out playing with somebody else. As always with few strokes you are able to create a great character.

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    1. I think he misplaced his mother ;) -- makes for shy AND worried ;)
      Thanks!

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  42. So shy...so cute...so adorable...so makes me want to hold the rabbit...great work again!

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  43. I like how the ears echo the arms. Helps the introversion...
    good expression too.

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  44. Awwwwww! someone needs a wittle hug! So CUTE!

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