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illustration friday: detective

illustration friday: detective

I was struggling to come up with a doodle for this week’s theme until I mentioned the topic to my husband, who immediately said, “Why not draw one of your famous chickens?”

Ahh, my famous chickens. When I was maybe 10 or 12, doodling chickens kinda became my “thing.” I’d draw them in costume and in comic strips, inspired by the “Far Side” comics I loved so much at the time. I signed many friends’ letters, yearbooks, and textbooks with them, and occasionally people will say, “Hey, Caro, remember those chickens you used to draw?  Those were funny.” I don’t think it was so much that my cartoons were funny as it was chickens are just inherently funny creatures, but obviously they were memorable.

So, for lack of a better idea, here we have Sherlock Chicken (or perhaps Chicken Holmes?) getting ready to solve the mystery of the fried egg. It’s a pretty brutal crime scene, as you can see, and not for the faint of heart!

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choo choo – work in progress

choo choo train

So, I enjoyed working on the “rescue” poster so much, I thought I’d try a similar illustration with a train. I like using basic shapes and colors to create a simple, yet bold design, and it’s a challenge to get the point across without cluttering up the illustration with too much detail. I’m not quite there with this one… the colors need work, but otherwise I think it will make a nice addition to the shop. I don’t know whether it will be a print or a print-a-doodle yet.

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doodles for firefox!

Calobee Doodles free Personas for Firefox

Calobee Doodles free Personas for Firefox

The latest browser update for Firefox includes the ability to support skins, or Personas, which allow you to dress up your browser. I thought it might be fun to try my hand at designing some. I’ve created four Calobee Doodles Personas for Firefox–you can preview and try them here!

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illustration friday: dip

illustration friday: dip

This was a fun, off-the-cuff style drawing for this week’s theme, “dip.” Given this weekend’s beautiful spring weather, my mind wandered to warm, sunny places and I came up with this beach scene–two folks taking a swim in the waves, a couple (maybe honeymooners?) dancing at the edge of the water, a young girl who’s lost half her ice cream, and a seagull enjoying someone’s forgotten afternoon snack. There is lots of “dipping” in many different forms going on here!

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the hungry doodler

I’ve been keeping up with my weekly print-a-doodles. Here are two of the most recent ones:

yum yum pizza! technicolor cupcakes

I realized as I was finishing up the pizza that my last four drawings have been about food. The other night I was craving pizza like mad after watching Gordon Ramsey overhaul an Italian pizzeria on an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, so I admit that doodle was entirely inspired by my gurgling tummy. And we all know I have a fondness for cupcakes–or cake in any style, really.