2.05.2007

You Never Know When Love Will Sprout

The penguin and the leopard seal. Two of natures most bitter enemies. But what happens when love is blind and the only thing you have to talk about is your mutual love of seafood? Sadly, I don't think they're gonna make it.

I've done so many penguin posts, maybe I should change my blog to Toon Penguin. But that doesn't rhyme, so I probably won't. Anyway, you can check out ALL my penguin posts by clicking here!

UPDATE: Just to give you a little peek inside my brain, here's a page of doodles that became the model sheet reference for the leopard seal. I was trying to explore the feline elements of seals as much as possible, so you may notice a little bit of "Lucifer" from Cinderella influencing the design.

15 comments:

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Absolutely wonderful characters. Such a great scene.

Brine Blank said...

While I like the pic...I have to say I'm a bit of a fan of the squirrel at the top...perhaps it's my appalachian side coming out again...

Ryan Wood said...

That's one fantastic leopard seal. Nice work!

sketch-mark said...

the itty-bitty lipstick the leopard seal cracks me up.

Jo Bling said...

Adrian - luuuuverly stuff, squire. Reminds me of my own mismatched chilly characters, the penguin and the polar bear (they're on the blog on my recent page in comicstrip form)

CJ

S.T. Lewis said...

Very nice, Adrian. I imagine the penguin would be more accepting of this token of love if the seal hadn't already eaten everyone he knows. Based on the seal's size, she's already eaten every penguin in town. And thanks for posting this on Toon Club too. Seriously... thanks.

Michelle Lana said...

Hahaha....adorable!!! Great one Adrian! Love expressions on both :)

Adrian Ropp said...

Brine - I love the squirrel, too.

Scott, Ryan, Mark, Jo, and Michelle - Why, thaaaank you!

Shane - Hmmm... That give me an idea for a part 2. Thanks, pal!

sarah said...

Really nice finished piece and I love seeing your character design drawings too. The cat influence brings such an interesting element to that guy :)

adrian said...

Your blog is awesome. I love the looseness of your seals too.
P.S. I LOVED DARKWING DUCK!!! Sometimes I just know what execs are thinking!

Cuffe said...

I'm a big fan of your work- lovely balance and colour to the characters. Brilliant

S.T. Lewis said...

Hey... there's new stuff here! I missed when you added these sketches. Very nice, man.

Adrian Ropp said...

Thanks again, everyone. It's an honor to be complimented by such talented people.

Ms. Baboon said...

Poor little penguin, he's in an akward position. What is he supposed to say to the leopard seal? Either way, there could be trouble. Very cute!

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