Sunday, 1 July 2012

And then there was none...

I already knew what animal I wanted to do for this week's Summer of Colour before I knew what the ice cream inspiration was so although these are not the colours I would ever have chosen for this particular Doodimal™ (doodle animal - d'you see what I did there?!), I still wanted to do this illustration. The ice cream flavour is another one I've not heard of before - Strawberry lemonade punch - a combination of pink and yellow, as I say not the colours I would otherwise ever have used together!

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Lonesome George  - Watercolour and Ink Doodimal

This is an illustration of Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Giant Tortoise who died last Sunday on the Galapagos Islands.  As his sub-species of tortoise has now effectively gone extinct, it's kind of a big deal for the planet, I think, and so I just wanted to do a wee tribute to him and yet another lost species.


In happier news, if you read my post on Friday, you'll know I entered my Giraffe illustration in the Art of Crafts' animal craft competition on Pinterest - well, thanks to everyone who liked/repinned it for me, it won 1st prize!!

36 comments:

  1. Yah!! 1st prize, so glad for you xx Poor old George, we are losing so many beautiful animals, humans are such idiots :( Love your tribute, fantastic image x

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  2. I am so pleased you won! That's fabulous and well deserved! As for this guy - well he is adorable!!! :0)

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  3. Nice tribute to Lonely George! Glad you won first prize - well done! Valerie

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  4. Congratulations on winning, a worthy winner. Loving George, he is fab. Annette x

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  5. Congratulations on your win! I really like your George. He's fab and yes, it's very sad he's now gone! I hope to go to the Galapagos next year!

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  6. A beautiful way to celebrate the beauty of these majestic creatures... Lonesome George is fabulous... and big congrats on your win... your giraffe was magical...

    Hugs
    Jenny x

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  7. I did not know George died. How sad! Will they be able to determine his age more accurately now? You made a great tribute to him. Love it! And Doodimal sounds great. :) Congrats on the win!

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  8. This is sooooo marvelous and brilliant work. Congrats on your win and Lonesome George is fabulous.
    Lovely greet
    Marja

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  9. Congratulations on winning 1st prize...well deserved! :)
    Oh poor George...You've made a beautiful tribute...Gorgeous doodles... love what you did with this colour combo! Jan x

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  10. congratulations with the giraffe. Lovely to see a tribute to poor George

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  11. Your George looks dashing ...I knew your giraffe was the cutest one :)

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  12. You've done a fabulous job on Lonesome George - wonderful, detailed design. A lovely tribute to him.
    Congratulations on your first prize - I knew that giraffe was special!

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  13. Congrats on your well-deserved 1st prize giraffe!! And I love your turtle even more--but a little sad that his species is no more-I'm glad that you gave him this wonderful tribute.
    He's a bit larger than my Russian tortoise Lenny, I'm sure--Lenny is just a tiny little thing--he's awesome!

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  14. another beautiful one! Love the pattern and detail, with the striking colours!

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  15. Congrats on winning First Prize! Wonderful! ~ Your recent one is amazingly beautiful ~ and so detailed! Wow! ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. Yay....i liked but didn't re pin..phones can be tricky...lol...you have done a brilliant job of this...wow!...xxx

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  17. oh I love this!!!! amazing what we can do with some inspired colours!!! wonderful work!!!

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  18. Not a shock that you won first- it is truly stunning! Your doodimals are so unique and so detailed - today's tortoise is no exception! This is such a great way to honor him!

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  19. I read about poor old lonely George...

    I love what you have done this week.... your Doodimals (!) are brilliant!

    Karenx

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  20. I love these series - you ought to write and illustrate a kiddies book with them.

    We all knew you'd win first prize ...'cos it was better than anything else there ... and there was some good stuff!

    Well done, Nicola!

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  21. I seriously love your work :-)

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  22. Man, your doodimals totally rock!

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  23. Such a cool tortoise, I love him - BJ#4

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  24. YAY for your well deserved win- I LOVED your giraffe! And your tortoise is wonderful too- such a cool way to illustrate! So I have to wonder what animal you do next..
    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  25. This is so stinkin' awesome!!! I LOVE it..so creatively cool!

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  26. Yay congrats to you! Love the turtle too!

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  27. Your tribute to this tortoise species is so amazingly beautiful...it made me tear up. Gosh, this is gorgeous.

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  28. This made me so sad - offset by my happiness for winning first prize for your giraffe - you deserve it! And George is fabulous...

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  29. What a beautiful tribute to poor old George, and how sad that his species is now extinct :o(

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  30. Congrats on your winning. The giraffe, she is so beautiful!. Yeah, sad that George died at 100 yrs old, still young for his species. Great job with doodled George, he looks so happy and healthy :). Hugs.

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  31. You made me have pregnant lady weepys over poor George. But your wonderful artwork tribute brought a smile back to my face x x

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  32. Congrats on your win! your work is gorgeous and so detailed!
    xoxo

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  33. Excellent tribute to George, Nicola. I really like what you are doing with these!

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  34. I'm very late getting round this week so many apologies :) I just love your image of George I hadn't heard that about his dying and with him, his species. What on Earth are we doing to our planet eh? But at least you have enlightened some of us. He's amazing x

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  35. I love your tribute to lonesome George. Such a beauty! And congrats on your first prize! Well done!

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