they huddled in little cliques… (part 1)

© Emily Grandin
(part of the story I made up in my head while sketching this illo…)
They huddled in little cliques as the storm bore down with gritted teeth, howling and clawing at every crevice, loose board and tile… every flaw a chance to seep in and rip through their sanctuary. Tooth and nail it harrows, relentless and wild. The wood moans and pops, and like a ship on the sea, the tree house sways. They huddle, five good friends within four thin walls, taking comfort around a game of cards and a thermos full of hot cacao. Which is good because this November storm is about to invite them on a frightful adventure and they say such things are almost always less overwhelming when accompanied by a sip of hot cacao…

36 comments:

Brine Blank said...

What great use of negative space...really love the 'intrusion'...

diana said...

this is great! i love the patterns and all the details, especially the tree houses :)

k. borcz said...

Wow it's very intricate, and nice lines!

kathy hare said...

beautiful Emily, I love the way you have created the storm using those intricate lines.. a gorgeous illustration.

Cindy said...

Really nicely done. Love the linework. I want to hear the rest of the story!

Bee said...

Amazing sky and great story, look forward to more... :)

Juan said...

Fantastic work Emily!! Awesome.

DK said...

I love your style. So simple with b/w drawings, yet so detailed...

Peter Breese said...
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Peter Breese said...

Wow Emily! Thank you so much for your comment simply because you reminded me to visit your site! I love this piece.

I'll add a link to your site - OK?

Cheers! I'll keep checking back.

PotatoMamma said...

Emily. You're a genius! I LOVE your illos. Not that you don't know. Every time I see a new one, they put a smile on my face. I can hear the wind roaring in this one, poor rabbits. love your details too! First I didn't even see the flat bunny, must have mistaken it for a rug haha. And their emotional expressions are so clear, despite hardly any facial features. Also love the 3d effect of the mean storm, that's amazing!

Keep it up, can't wait for the next one.

Astrid

Diana Evans said...

another signature piece EMily!!! wonderful work...you and the details are stunning!!!

Bella Sinclair said...

Genius!!! I love how you divided the outside and inside with the tree. The storm clouds remind me of some beautiful washi paper. And oh, the bunnies! You're right. There's nothing that a good cup of hot cacao can't make better.

I'd like to give you -- brace yourself -- yet another award on my blog. But no obligations to pass on. :)

joseph's art and stuff said...

the story is great, the illustration is great, the sky is WOW, i love the energy.

Bobo Cat said...

I love the tree, so beautiful and unique, always a "WOW" everytime I visit your blog!

bubblefriends said...

Great drawing style! Amazing works on your site!

Jess said...

Beautiful work! I love the different textures you create with those wonderful black lines and also the sense of spaces. I just checked your profile and see you're in architecture - makes sense now!

marina _ tsu-mina said...

Wow! Great work, meraviglioso!

Connie said...

I continue to be charmed by these!

Rural Pearl said...

Once again, lovely work! The details are amazing.

Mary said...

You have me hooked....what happens next???? Love the drawings!

Shugar said...

just one word...AWESOME! :)

Paola said...

Amazing, Emily!
How can you make such a complex and intricated design look so simple and beautiful? Wonderful!!!

Rekoj said...

Fabulous Emily as always - that negative space braching through to break up the composition of storm verses cozy is truly lovely!

illustrations by doni said...

your perspective and patterns are always so amazing.

enigma said...

wow another fantastic work! and i love the marshmallow party below, so beautiful!

thinker said...

Great, I like the way you approach to the theme, how you develop a whole story which is bigger and overcomes the theme in a way.

Denise Gallagher said...

Another beautiful illustration!
I look forward to seeing your work each week!

And thanks for your very kind comment!

Denise

Crayonmonster said...

Beautiful details! I love your work!

CM
http://crayonmonsteretsy.blogspot.com/

yoon see said...

I just love the tree's texture with its "wow" effect.
It's marvellous!

dani torrent said...

Love your graphic work and the tension between positive and negative you create. I find this one fun and poetic at the same time. comgratulations.

Ces said...

I love love these!

TrüSka said...

My package is on the way!! Hope you like it... : )

sketched out said...

It's not often you see both powerful graphics and pure whimsy in the same piece, but this is a constant in your work. Not to mention the wonderful story. I can't wait to see what happens on their cocoa-accompanied adventure! (and bunnees, weeeee!) Love this to pieces!

Mark Cavell said...

Emily, thanks for the comment.
Your work is outstanding, strong visuals and story lines. To me they have a slightly sinister quality mixed with equal amounts of whimsey like a perfect fairytle.

steve said...

Wow Emily, you keep raising the bar!!