Saturday, March 25, 2006

Illustration Friday: Monster



This is Sydney. He's a telepathic chameleon space horse. He'd never thought of himself as a monster until the other horses and zebras that he encountered on Earth started to call him one. Sydney has found it impossible to blend in and sadly left the company of the equine herds he'd hoped would welcome him. Now he lives with me, where he is appreciated for his uniqueness. He is mostly happy, but I know that he still feels lonely for his own kind.

Sydney is a little shy and declined to pose for me. But he kindly consented to my drawing him from a model. This drawing was therefore made from a pipecleaner, aluminum foil, wooden bead and "scooby string" model that I made of Sydney when I first spied him in our garden. Drawn with marker pens. 25.3.06Posted by Picasa

50 comments:

Rrramone said...

Tammy, and here's to succeeding interestingly! Nice work. :-)

Kaladda said...

Well I think Sydney is cool and I like the colors. Nice Story.

disappointed said...

Sydney has very cool hair, or should i say mane.... benign monster, who would almost be cuddly if you gave him a slap up meal.

i wonder what his favourite food is...

the heartful blogger said...

Thanks guys.

Bubblegum, you wouldn't think it, looking at him, but Sydney eats like a horse!! (tee hee, couldn't resist that...) His favourite food is mashed potatoes with smarties.

Jan said...

Sydney is very beautiful indeed and whenever he feels lonley he should try to remember how he is a fabulous one of a kind :) lovely work great charachter

Fiestoforo said...

It is not so monstrous but lovely...
Poor Sidney
who's happened to struggle in a world filled with zebras and horses...
But maybe s/he was betrayed by his/her telepathic powers, and no one said anything, but just thought of.
Be careful!

Chad Worth said...

I like your story with the picture. Maybe it could be a book?

trixi said...

This is wonderful! Uninhibited and expressive! Love it.

The Unknown said...

Sydney is beautiful. I hope those other horse get their shit together and learn what a great guy Sydney is. Love the post Love.
love

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

poor Sydney, tell him that we love him here in blog land

Sacred Suzie said...

Love it! Great little monster. So sweet with a lovely personality.

Thanks for checking out my blog Tammy.

HARDWAX said...

He is the sweetest looking chameleon space horse i've ever seen, O.K., he's the only one i've ever seen, the story/history of Sydney is sad but at least you adopted him, love his cool mane

Lori Witzel said...

Mashed potatoes with Smarties!!!

But has he ever tried...dried shrimp on Mexican Vanilla ice-cream?

Sydney is wonderful, and bursting with creative energy.

Sara said...

He might be able to pass as a punked out Snuffaluffagus.

Amanda said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog, glad you liked my monster illustration. Your little dude is very cute, not a scary monster but a cute monster.

not zero workshop said...

Sydney has really cool hairstyle. I like him.

Tammy, thanks for visiting my blog.

Alina Chau said...

what a fun monster!! Love you city painting below also!

Alina Chau said...

what a fun monster!! Love you city painting below also!

Tony S. said...

Ha ha ha!!! This is great! Sydney's awesome! I think that he'd make a great character for a book. Imagine that...written and illustrated by Tammy Hanna. This could be the character that does it for you...seriously!! I love it!

Cathy Bobak said...

Sydney is very cool, I'm sure the other horses were very jealous of his lovely mane!

pablo said...

Pablo very sad for him. Please say to Sydney he can come stay my kneepit anydays. We have no smarties but here have many potatoes. We make mash potato fiesta for you special, OK?

Love - Pablo.

Twisselman said...

Go, Sydney! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Otherwise, I might not have found your site, which is beautiful! Scrolled up and down its breadth. Sydney has a wonderful story and a good friend in you.

the heartful blogger said...

Thanks everyone. Sydney is overwhelmed with the outpouring of affection for him. He blushed when I told him!

Natalia said...

maybe a telepathic horse could find fulfillment in difficult paths.

excuse my language but I just read pablo's blog and it's making my english even funnier than it already was.

(^_*)

i like your "monster" that isn't a monster and thanks for your comment on my "monster" that wasn't a monster.

kimbu said...

Love the story - such a great surreal idea and the drawing is very cool too.
I just visited Pablo as well (see comment above) and it looks like Sydney should definately go visit - those guys were made for each other.

TXArtcGal said...

Syndey is definitely one of those cute monsters! Love the store...and the illo! Very nice!

TXArtcGal said...

Oops...meant...love the STORY!!! (The cold meds are frying my brain!)

the heartful blogger said...

:) Thanks Natalialove, yeah, Pablo is a funny guy, cute though.

Thanks Kimbu. I think I will try to get introductions going...

Thanks txartcgal! Hope your cold gets better soon.

Liberty said...

I like it, how long have you been on Illustration Friday?

Si-Guy said...

Wow, I love sydney! He ROCKS!

shadowsandclouds said...

sydney is charming, in a most perculiar way, i like the way his nose area seems to twist around, it makes me imagine what kind of voice he could have. ...has a camel named humphrey passed by your area recently? maybe they could be good companions...! i'd love to see that combination!

maethebear said...

hey thanks for th comment about th crisp guy, jus had a quick look at ur page too, lovin th art!sounds like u r living a paralel life to mine!creepy...with th cat on th computer, crazy friends in th form of space horses, beth orton..., nut roast[vegan 2?] miyazaki!ur following me aren't u?
i just got a studio ghibli box set from ebay for about £36 [someone else is sellin it for £45 be warned]and its crazy!have u seen princess mononoke?its good and my neighbour totoro[cat bus!hehe! pom poko [ by takahata, isao] is strange...racoon creatures morph into other things using their balls[but how do th females morph?not explained]

;)

the heartful blogger said...

Hi Maethebear, wow that is freaky! I have that box set already, my boyfriend got it off ebay a while ago, we've watched nearly all of the films already. I loved Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro. And yes, I'm vegan too! And went to see Beth Orton recently. Wow, I always knew I was living in a parallel universe!!

Everyone else, thanks for your comments.

Na, I'll get Humph and Sydney talking...

Liberty, I've been doing illustration friday since the topic chair, can't remember how long ago that was!!

trophiogrande said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog. I like the playfulness of your work.

cosmos said...

Great work indeed!

chompoblogger said...

oh sydney! you are a telepathic chameleon space horse after my own heart. tammy he is really charming and i love all the details of his life and diet.

Roz Foster said...

Man, that is the most creative creature I've seen in a while. A telepathic chameleon space horse. Ha! What a magical, imaginative combo.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Boy, don't we make monsters of critters that are different. Or different from what we expect.
Love your journal cats and drawing in color assignments. Are you being tutored by e-mail, snail mail, or in person. My daughter just returned from Seville... I should do some drawings from her photos... Thanks for the inspiration.

the heartful blogger said...

Thanks guys. :)

Sultry painterwoman: I'm being tutored by snail mail. I send my pictures in a great big tube with a commentary and my tutor writes comments back.

scribblesk said...

Love the quirkiness and whimsicality!

carla said...

I think Sydney is quite beautiful! Perhps you need to make a friend to keep him company...a sensitive and colorful monster such as Sydney shouldn't be alone:>

Leda Cruz said...

WOW! I love it!

Suzan said...

Great story. Love the illo.

wynlen said...

Very cute and funny!
www.wynlen.no

cristosova said...

Good to know you have room for folks that don´t quite blend in :)
Love that Sid!

matt said...

I love this guy.

MjM said...

A telepathic, chameleon, space horse.

You have entirely too much imagination and should be forced to share!

ha ha! Great work. Drawing is fun.


MjM

Amy Zaleski said...

Very creative story...I feel a bit sorry for Sydney....everyone wants to fit it! He would make a great plush toy!

Sean said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like Sydney and his purple eyes. I really like the city drawing below Sygney and the colors you used.

Plutos the Bubbleman said...

..Arh, you can tell the telepathic ones they are always green & make you grin from ear to ear.

I have sympathy though for Sydney. Ive never got on well with Zebras either.