Monday, July 9, 2012

London!


The ladies at www.welovetoillustrate.com have prepared a tribute to London in honor of the Queen's Jubilee and the upcoming Olympics! Swing on by for a spot o' tea and some festive illustrations honoring a grand city (one that I'd LOVE to visit someday). 

I had a GREAT time illustrating this fun double decker bus and characters enjoying the city!


waiting at the bus stop

"I just want to catch the play in time."

I'm the biggest Potter Fan there is.

We love tourists, we love tourists, we love tourists.

Oh Niall! Zayn! Liam! Harry! Louis! I love you!!

Did you know it's my Jubilee this year?

Rock on' Fab Four! Peace!

Where are the clubs?

Thank you all for stopping by..you truly are a fabulous bunch and I hope you are enjoying your July so far!! ~ Shirley

32 comments:

  1. Une superbe illustration... J' A D O R E...

    Gros bisous.

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  2. i love how each animal has its own mini story :D

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  3. AAAAAAAAAAAAH! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Fabuloso! What a great cast of characters. The driver in his tall hat -- Ha! And I LOVE all the iconic structures of London in the background too! This is such a fun painting, Shirley. Makes me so wish I were there.

    Glad you had fun on your trip! Home again, home again, jiggity jog. Yay!

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  4. Love the little Potter-panda :)

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  5. Oh Shirley you are a genius...the details here are so clever. This brilliant painting would sell so well in London. I think we will have a few more waiting at the bus stops soon and the driver will certainly be tested during the Olympics! You have captured our London so well, I just love this. If you ever come to London I will take you for afternoon tea and we will have to catch a route 15 bus as that is one of the old route master double deckers! They take me back to my childhood when all the buses were the old route masters :0)
    Jane x

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  6. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! This is cute to the extreme! I love them love them!!! The double decker is fabulous. I am so happy to read of your marvelous time. Oh what great epsilons. You must be very proud. This illustration rocks!!! Gad to see you back. Tsup!

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  7. Wonderful! I love how expressive each of the characters are, and especially love the elephant. Nice job!!

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  8. This is exactly what London is like :D
    Great illustration!

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  9. Shirley!! I love it.
    Please, seeing this is the best way to start the week!♥☺☺☺☺

    In addition to very good drawer, excellent colorist, you have a fine and delicate sense of humor
    Excellent! Excellent, Excelleeeeeeeeeeeeent!!!!!!!!!!
    I do not understand how you do not do a comic with these characters
    I congratulate you!!!!!!!!!
    I wish you again a beautiful week!!!!!!

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  10. You are cracking me up with all the great individual character comments. Love, love, love it!

    (((HUGS)))

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  11. Holy cow, this just kills me! I don't even know where to start. I think the two dogs, that one with the perfect expression on the corner and that much different expression and super size guard hat driving the bus. Oh! And the elephant - the little outfit and the flag in its trunk. The bus is super adorable and the background is so cool! I'll just stop there before I get *really* carried away. ;)

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  12. What fun! Each little character could have his own book! Very cute critters!

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  13. Finally the details. They're oh-so-lovely! I can't wait to have this in print.

    ~ Sharonel

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  14. This is so wonderful! I loved seeing the whole piece, and then your captions about each character cracked me up. So charming.

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  15. What a terrific illustration! It's so great that you posted each little character in detail. And I love the black and white look of the background contrasting with the bright colors in the front. You got a great red there, I must say!

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  16. Love it! The characters, the colors and everything!

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  17. Just fantastic. What a wonderful tribute to one of my favorite cities. I love all the detail and how each character has their own personality. Fabulous work as usual.

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  18. Such fun personalities!! Each one with his/her own agenda!! So much to look at, and so spot-on British!! Really fun piece! I'm not sure if I like the jolly elephant or the cranky bus driver the best!

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  19. Thank you, dear Shirley!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))))))))))
    If someone like you tell me I'm a little crazy is a compliment to me, really! :))))))))
    Thanks for stopping, good weekend for you and your whole family!
    (Oh, July, here is a month too cold, but is supported :DDDD near the fire) :))))))))))

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  20. Heh, well I am grinning like a fool (normally I grin like a fowl) after looking at all your characters. Each has a life to lead outside of the image eh? I believe, I beleive. You know if I came by more often I have my wrinkles from gtrinning too much/ Heh. Thanks for filling my saturday with joy.

    London? That's near Paris isn't it?

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  21. Hello beautiful!!! I wrote you an email in response to your email and then I realize it was my dream. I have not replied. Oh goodness Shirley. My brain is so muddled from the hectic schedule I had this week. I promised not to draw and paint today so I can do my chores but just wanted to say hello first. have a great weekend. Tsup!!!

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  22. This is fantastic, Shirley. What a lovely idea! :) x

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  23. This is great! I love all the details.

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  24. Such a nice crew in that bus. I guess they've had a wonderful trip in London - love the colors and all the detail in the characters.

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  25. This is so wanderful and nice))Bravo)

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  26. I love your color choices,and compositions in this illustration so much!!! All the characters have their own expression which is so delightful. Love it very much!!!!!!!

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  27. Shirley! this is so beautiful and full of characters! thanks for visiting my blog!

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  28. Oh, I looove this Shirley! I lived in London for 6 years and I miss it terribly. My hubby and I got married over there and we jumped on a double decker getting from the ceremony to where we had our reception. Lovely lovely memories!
    Alisa x
    ps. I'm sure I've seen that patient pooch waiting for the number 22. ; )

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  29. As always, I wish I had more time to come by more often. And, as always, you doing wonderful work. It's inspiring. LOVE this piece! Have a great week/weekend!

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