Tuesday, May 13, 2008

eElectric

"Ernie" Digital
Ernie's Eatery, open 24 hours a day, your meals zapped unconcious for your dining pleasure!
To be quite honest, eels kind of freak me out. It's mostly just the slither-swim motion and the fact that they're just plain ugly, but they also hang out in little caves with just their head peaking out and their jaws wide open showing the seemingly randomly spaced crooked teeth. Ok, I take it back, it's the way they hang out with their mouths open. I'm pretty sure they would eat me if they could fit me in. However, when I was doing a bit of research on electric eels for Illustration Friday's theme of "electricity" I saw a picture someone had taken at an aquarium where the eel looked a little bit like he was grinning goofily, in fact he was almost cute! So that was my inspiration for Ernie here, the almost-cute eel.
I'm working on learning Microsoft Expression as I am in the market for new software, but I found I had to wander back to Photoshop once again to get the texture to work right and to soften things up and give them more depth. Sigh.

7 comments:

Vhrsti said...

Cool!

Brine Blank said...

Great watercolor effect with this on the eel. I wouldn't have thought that to be a photoshop effort.

Alina Chau said...

NICE!

thedoodlegirl said...

Awesome illo! Such a funny idea!

janie said...

Eels would usually freak me out too ,but as you say this guy is a cutie.

Tracy said...

Great idea! He is a cutie :)

ENZO said...

Eels can be cute until the point you are the one that gets zapped. Never have seen a real one, and this will probably be the closest I will ever get. Good work, and he doesnt look scary at all.

Renzo Hernandez