Ranger Rick asked me to illustrate an article on woodpeckers. This red-bellied couple is preparing to order a tasty meal at their favorite cafe´. "Hmmm, should I have the peanuts again or should I splurge and go for the suet cake?"
Using the old paper background was a new experiment. The "menu" was not asked for in the layout, but since the space was there; I just couldn't help doing it for myself, after the illustration was sent. Who can resist a tattered empty page? Lately I just can't leave anything be; I want to push it further, into a different realm.
This squirrel thug has just stolen from the acorn woodpecker's stash.
Just playing around again, I put some color behind him for added drama.
He will appear something like this in the magazine.
So, I'm thinking he would be great on a tote bag. Although that might imply that the carrier of such a bag is a shoplifter. Hmmmm...should I?