Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Day....RUMBLE!

386th Annual Thanksgiving Day RUMBLE! Who will be the victor this year??
If anybody is interested in reading a children's book to celebrate this time of year I found good a one! Squanto And The Miracle Of Thanksgiving This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by a Spanish monk who shared with him the Christian faith. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world. Pretty cool, eh?

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!


Blogger Chris_Garrison said...

Beauteous! Happy Thanksgiving, indeed.

But on the (constructively?) critical side -- Not enough contrast between the crowd/goal post color and the rest. I couldn't see them at first, so it took me a minute to notice that it was a football game, and not a race.

I like the idea of doing the iridescent feathers on the turkey, but I don't think that just taking a few of them and making them different colors is getting it across. The blue one on the chest, especially, is bugging me. It doesn't seem iridescent, but rather just peculiarly different. There's got to be a better way to do the cool, iridescent feathers on a turkey, in your style.

And I would just skip it on the chicken. Chickens don't have that.

Now, about this red edge-light. It's lovely, but I think maybe it's just too crazy. It adds drama, but is this really about drama, at all? Maybe you just wanted to give the impression that there's an erupting volcano nearby.

Of course the Puritan would get the enthusiastic turkey, leaving the Native American with the terrified chicken. No wonder Squanto's people lost the war/holocaust.

Must go eat turkey now! Much love.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Andrew Shek said...

great design style you have, nice colors and very appealing

3:44 PM  
Blogger Scott Tolleson said...

Very nice Heath! I think there's some hidden symbolism here. The white man winning the American Bowl. LOL! Love the characters and colors.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Heath said...

G- Maybe the red light off scene is from the fireworks they imported from China.

I agree with your comment about the iridescent feathers on a turkey, I was trying to think of the best way to do that. There's a lot of little things about this piece I'd do differently now.

Andrew- Thanks! I've enjoyed your artwork as well.

Scott- Hey thanks,man! Yeah, I think if I had to do it over with I'd give the indian the enthusiastic turkey.

Great thoughts! Thanks for the comments guys!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Randy said...

I'd agree with Chris' assesment of the crowd. Until I read his post I didn't even notice them or the goal posts.

Anyhow, I'm the guy who didn't even do a turkey day sketch, so I'll shut up.

Hope your holiday was good, bro!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Ryan Wood said...

Good stuff, man! I like how happy the turkey looks.

11:01 AM  
Blogger mike said...

ha ha! nice. those turkey's are great!

and i remember sqaunto! wasn't there a television special or something about him?

11:10 AM  
Blogger Jeremy Spears said...

great drawing dude, and great story! That is so coool.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

I like everything about this illustration; the color scheme, the multi-colored feathers, and especially the solid construction of the characters. Very, very nice.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Jared Chapman said...

WHat a fun illustration! I must admit, I do enjoy that Heath McPherson style. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is some great stuff you got here. . .i really dig your work.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful illo!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have an amazing style! Photoshop & Illustrator?

1:23 AM  
Blogger Tom Bancroft said...

Awesome work as always. Love the "lesson" that usually comes with it too! You the man Heath! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

The colors are fantastic, great job.

8:42 AM  

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