Tuesday, September 2, 2008

River Otters


My neighbor used to keep a large barrel suspended in the water off the edge of his pier. The barrel, like the one in the picture, had holes in it's side and was perfect for keeping live fish. (bait, or a fresh catch) It just so happened that his ingenuity would come to serve the river otters, who would always slip in and steal the fish. I can remember many times coming across them as they rolled in the barrel, chasing their meal.

14 comments:

Kelly Light said...

B-u-tious! Will make a great web first impression!

Kristi Valiant said...

Oh Anthony, this may be my new favorite illustration of yours! It's perfect! I love the crispness in the foreground and the lovely layers of soft background. The little girl is of course adorable just like all your people, and the animals, oh, I love them! You also did a magnificent job with the water and the reflections of the water onto the pier. Seriously, make this one into a postcard mailer and send it to every publisher you want to work for. I'm sure you'll get a bite!

Phyllis Harris said...

So wonderful!! I LOVE the expressions on the otter's faces!As well as the squirrel and little girl...just fabulous!!!

I hope you are ready for the onslaught of work that comes your way when art buyers start finding you!!

Joe Sutphin said...

FANTASTIC bro!
and the light off of the water on the wood is great.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Kelly!!!

Thanks Kristi! I'm very glad you like it! when I first had the idea, I was excited, but as I worked on it, I wondered if it would strike everyone else the same way it did me... Your comment means a lot to me!!

Thank you so much Phyllis! I'm pretty close to having the cards finished so I'm hoping they get a warm reception from art buyers... Thank you very much for the encouraging words! :)

Thanks Joe!!! I couldn't wait to use the water reflection technique.. I'm glad you like it

Christina Ann Rodriguez said...

I love your characters and expressions Anthony! Good luck with your mailers! I'm sure this will make a great impression on publishers!
P.S. I love your work so I added your link to my blog under my favorite links!

AWells said...

I agree with Kristi- it's my new favorite- Absolutely stunning. About how long did you work on this?

I know I'm just a friend... but do you think you could maybe send me one of your promotional mailers? I promise to show it to everyone I know!

gail said...

I think this one is so much fun! You have a great way of turning an experience into a story. Wonderful mood and lighting. And the little girl is so you! I would recognize your work anywhere.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Christina! Thank you so much for the compliment! I remember your work from SCBWI... It's wonderful! I'm linking to your blog as well :)

Thanks Aja!!! I would be MORE than happy to send you a mailer... if you'll send me one of yours... I'll email you

Thank you very much Gail! I'm glad your seeing a style in my work... that means a lot to me!

kathy hare said...

beautiful Anthony, love the light reflections from the water..

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you so much Kathy! I've had the idea to use this for my homepage... less busy than the other one

Amy Sullivan said...

Anthony~
All the elements that make up this picture are fabulous, the water , the otters, the girl all of it!
The story it tells, love all of it.
So~ I think I would keep fishes in there , just so I could watch the otters.~Amy~

Ambera said...

Wonderful illustration, so happy! It's making me wistful for summer again..

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Amy! I agree :)

Thanks Ambera!