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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Illustration Friday: "Boundaries"


Here's another silly idea from my warped brain: An animal office in the desert. The road 'runner' has just left on a delivery, btw.
Let me know what you think.

24 comments:

  1. Let´s see... who is the brave who dares to ask for a salary rise? hehe.

    PS. I imagine the name for a movie... "Snakes on a desk" :)

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  2. I see that the boss is a snake...hmmm ( many bosses are snakes) :D

    (btw I did manage it , I am follower nr. 100!!! )

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  3. I think many people will feel like this. A very good representacion.

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  4. This is great! Super funny interpretation of boundaries.

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  5. Haha, the snakes can't use the photocopies machine. (But they could always sent a mouse to do it for them!)

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  6. Good representation of real life I am sure. Snakes in the grass often succeed.

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  7. Yeah, for silly, warped brains. Superb visual metaphor: snakes in the grass, gophers/go-for this and that. I am wondering how stressed the two snake dudes must get trying to navigate that thin margin around the corner to get down the hall.
    Walking gopher dude is my favorite in his hunched and lumbering walk. Great one again this week.

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  8. Ah, inter-office cliques! Sometimes I'm so very glad I work from home.

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  9. Wow, it's a record for me; I get up in the morning and see 9 comments. Yayyy! Thanks a lot!
    But, I feel I missed the mark a bit on this one, since the interpretations you gave are so varied. The idea was just a play on the word; snakes working alongside rodents definitely need 'boundaries'. The snakes are not allowed to cross over into the rodent's section, lest someone get eaten. I didn't get any more philosophical than that, but your comments really got me thinking about other gags, and the idea of snaky bosses and lowly 'gophers' (thanks Jennifer), are good ones.
    Fine-tuning a gag moment so that everyone's interpretations are the same is a never ending task, but one of the fascinating aspects of cartooning.

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  10. I like this one in the standard way, but funny enough, what I really love about it is the mouse's slump as he's walking to make a copy. It's perfect because normally mice would be scared as heck to be so close to snakes, but to him, it's just a normal day and he's more bugged by the drudgery of his everyday job. Haha. Probably has a case of the mondays!

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  11. What a hazardous working environment!
    Those brave rodents must be on a big salary. But in a way..being a snake in this situation must be hard, too.. "I want to get my teeth into him, but I can't afford to lose job. I have family to feed. etc. etc...."

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  12. Hahahaha.. good separations there :) I love how all the snakes are eagerly waiting for one of the rodent to cross the boundaries.. :P

    All the best, sir! :D

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  13. Nice illustration, Ted. Your drawings are always very clever and well composed.

    I have never seen a mouse using a computer before. As we can see, a mouse doesn't use a mouse, just the keyboard. Good to know.

    Thanks!

    PS. I am curiously awaiting some sketches of your grandfather!

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  14. Thanks to all for the feedback, much appreciated!
    It's funny, but this gag is really just the rough; it was getting late and I just posted it as is. I think it's a bit noodly but in cartooning the rough drawings can be successful too (luckily). That wouldn't fly in illustration work. No sir!

    Magyarix: I'm looking forward to posting his cartoons and may do that next. There are quite a few so I have to reduce them and group them together first so that I don't have a ten-foot long post. I'm going to do a paragraph about him and why he inspired me so much, as well. Thanks for asking.

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  15. They would certainly need a good occupational health and safety process int his workplace! Great as always Ted :-D

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  16. LOL the mouse at the computer has got to be the cutest thing! and i also love the one walking with the paper, he looks so depressed haha nice one :)

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  17. Hello PlainOldTed,

    i felt exactly like this when i worked as an accountant and my boss was my old best friend.
    it was really uncomfortable to set boundaries with my "boss" because she was also my roommate....

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  18. oh about my latest post, actually i didnt scan it, my pc was broken so i just took a pic of it and edited it on my phone. I use adobe photoshop to edit my drawings but since it's broken i just depend on my phone, glad that some applications on my phone are quite useful.

    Muzzy because i wanted it and a fold in the middle is not an artistic statement (haha, believe me i know nothing about art let alone artistic statement), it is an OldMita statement, if i must say.
    So it's just me :D

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  19. how are you today?
    i hope you are not so busy to read my late comments... sorry about that.

    See you later i hope?

    -OldMita

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  20. Ted, you are the best. I like to think I am not sappy and sentimental but your comment made my day. You are wicked awesome and I can't thank you enough for all you give back in the way of wisdom. I find myself approaching pieces now and saying 'what would Ted say.' It is good to have that kind of mentor in my head.

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  21. Haha, this is awesome. Very creative.

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  22. lol...too bad we couldn't do that with certain coworkers. I'd love to tape off my own area XD

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