Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Sketches..."Poppy Puppy Love...Sharing A Secret With My Best Friend!" Big Eyed Art Inspiration

Sunday Sketches - Poppy Puppy   by Joni Nickrent   copyright 2011
I really enjoyed participating in last weeks Sunday Sketches over at Blue Chair Diary and when Saturday night rolled around I grabbed my sketchbook and got an early start on my Sunday submission! This weeks sketch was inspired by a step back in time to the 60's and 70's!
So what exactly from this time period inspired me?  
The amazing "big-eyed" artists...artists like Eve, Gig, Keane and others...that took the big, sad and awesomely expressive eyes to create a mod, fun, funky and fabulous look!
After a  little "google-searching" I came across a couple of paintings that I merged into my sketch!
This adorable painting by Eve inspired the big-eyed girl in my sketch!
This poor, pitiful, puppy by Gig inspired the "Poppy Puppy" in my sketch!
Changes, tweaks, twists and my version looks like this...from close up to completion!
"Poppy Puppy Love...Sharing a Secret With My Best Friend"'s a secret!
 Awww...Poppy Love!
 Eye See U
"Poppy Puppy Love...Sharing A Secret With My Best Friend"   by Joni Nickrent    copyright 2011 

And now the add "pops" of color or to leave in it's "sketchy Sunday" state?!
EYE would love to hear how you SEE it?
Shared Here!


Julia Christie said...

Awww - this is adorable - what a great detailed sketch! Nice to hear about your inspiration too!

Very nice!


Valerie-Jael said...

Your sketches are lovely, I like them as they are.. I still have one of those pics in my hall closet, two little large eyed waifs dressed in raggedy clothes and wearing big caps! Thanks for visiting my blog, nice to meet you! Valerie

apinkdreamer said...

wow!!! fantastic artwork!!!

EVA said...

Completely adorable and you captured your influencers' style perfectly!

It's so cute as it is but I imagine coloured it will also be terrific.

Deanna said...

This is awesome! I love the big soulful eyes and your sketching is beautiful! Love it!

Tammie Lee said...

absolutely wonderful. I love the big eyes and their expressions. A lot of feeling in this.
Lately I have been remembering a drawing I did of a big eyed girl with I was little. That is the time period you have shared here. Fun, you pieced it together for me.

Marlene said...

I love this sketch, the detail shading, everything is just perfect. It did take me back to when my girls were little, they had big eye girl pictures in their rooms.

Teri said...

Those big eyes are always so sweet.

Heather Foust said...

This is adorable. I remember this art so well when I was a little girl. I had some paper dolls. So cute. Thanks for the look back at memory lane.

Wanda's Wings said...

The eyes just take you into the work. Great job.

Christine said...

lovely sketches, such great big eyes.

Debbie said...

wow! love the big eyes!

Joni Nickrent said...

Thanks everyone for your awesome comments! EYE'm so happy that you like the big-eyed characters! Started adding a touch of color here and there, but still not sure about everywhere! Have a wonderfully creative week!

Alexandra MacVean said...

Wow! Seriously, seriously impressive! I like it alot. You really have the big eyed art down to the T. :)

Jenn Bower said...

Fantastic and fabulously detailed. I was not familiar with 'big-eyed art' so really loved the introduction.

lissa said...

love the matching eyes of the girl and puppy, so very adorable!

Joanne Osband said...

YES! You really captured that puppy-eye look & feeling. Maybe a touch of color, but the sketch quality is fabulous.

GalleryJuana said...

amazing sketch. definitely communicates the "puppy eyes" well.

Kristin Dudish said...

Eye think this is wonderful!

I love it just as it is... When I have the dilemma "to color, or not to color" I usually scan it, print it, and color the print. (Then you can have the best of both worlds!)