Saturday, December 16, 2006

Illustration Friday: Help

Illustration Friday: Help

The rhino has a symbiotic relationship with oxpeckers, also called tick birds. In Swahili the tick bird is named "askari wa kifaru," meaning "the rhino's guard." The bird eats ticks it finds on the rhino and noisily warns of danger. Although the birds also eat blood from sores on the rhino's skin and thus obstruct healing, they are still tolerated.

I realized after I posted this, that the colors on the rhino remind me of Mr. Bubble.

Thank you for your comments.

34 comments:

Katsta said...

oohhh, sooooo cute :) really nice illustration!

mrs. b. said...

Adorable!! Pink rhinos are the absolute coolest! : )

Aurora said...

Hi!
The rose rhino is fantastic! I invite you to see my elephant and...we can create a little zoo? :-)
congratulations
y saludos!!!

Pati @-;-- said...

Awwww... How can u resist to help this pink giant? He's adorable!

Pickledog said...

John, this is such a great rhino character! I love how the oxpecker looks like he's whispering into the rhino's ear. Awesome textures and colour!

PS I didn't want to have to do this, but apparently it is the rules, and you have been tagged.

studio lolo said...

I love sybiotic relationships in nature. Such pairings boggle the mind...but ain't it grand?!

ALCON said...

Hi!

It's a nice blog, and excelent pitures.

Congratulations!!!

Jake said...

Really nice - love the subtle texture on the rhino...

The bird is great.

E m m a n u e l l e . W a l k e r said...

Hehe, nice! Great charaters! Oh by the way, than you for your kind comment on my blog :)

Allie said...

This is great! :) Wicked cute!

Jeannette said...

Very cool. I like the texture in the rino, and of course that great color!

Fossfor said...

what a cute rhino! nice work

Dr. Diabolical Dave Savage said...

That's super cute. You're a force to be reckoned with.

esillustration said...

how did we both end up drawing rhinos?! woah woah woah! i love your work too!

rusz said...

We love your work!

Natura said...

You can see they like each other very much :)

Lovely!

steve said...

Great stuff John! Very informative as well. Reminiscent of Eric Carle--one of my favorite illustrators.

Emila Yusof said...

I looove the pink rhino! And I adore the lil bird! Nice illo, John.

www.emilayusof.com

roland said...

cute! nice work John! ;)

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Great idea, and a really fun illustration. Well done, John!

BINO said...

génial!!! I love it!

Bino

http://binoland.blogspot.com/

http://portfoliobino.free.fr/

amy said...

I always loved that symbiotic relationship! Good illustration!

Eric Dyck said...

great stuff...dunno what my excuse is for my colours...

You draw some fantastic beasts...I have to say...

pik said...

i like the way you draw, and the final result of the illustration, very refreshing. keep on drawning with a steady line!!
Thanks for your comment of last week.
see you later.

Awam said...

great idea and realisation, nice works :]

Design Roach said...

I love the color of the rhino and the texture too - very nice!

Bron Smith said...

I like your whimsical, non-linear style. Very nice illustration.

Brine Blank said...

Super texture and design on the rhino...

MjM said...

Yay, pink rhino!

Anonymous said...

Great Work John!

Drazen said...

Great Work John!

Laura A. Dalesandro said...

This is wonderful!

Mac McRae said...

That is badass! I love thos rhino riding birdies. Even looks like he is whispering help in his ear. One of the coolest help entries. Great design!

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