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Illustration Friday: SHINY


This is my illustrated interpretation of this week's theme at Illustration Friday. TAKE A LOOK at the other shining examples of creative energy.

Comments (9)


Why did the chicken cross the road?

To prove to the armadillo that it could be done.


But it cannot be done, Craniac. It cannot be done.

btw, in the future, "shiny" will be the new "cool", because "cool" will be considered racist. I learned this from Firefly.

Is it just me or is that car smiling?

Dr. Bob:

Nothing like a bit of unresolved tension in the art.

News flash! As reported in the New York Times, all adjectives used to describe the current occupant of the white house are now considered racist.

John Cox:

I may have a few issues...



All '57s smile. They're from the lost land of the free--& they lasted ten years like they should.

I don't know what "Firefly" is or what it has to do with racism. I just Scroogled a few pages that ranted about either a TV show or a Cajun firefly in a Disney movie.

DR. B:

Not ALL adjectives. Four known approved adjectives are "articulate", "bright", "clean", and "nice-looking". A few years back, Bill Bennett had trouble with "articulate" & switched mid-word to "well-spoken"--since he isn't a Democrat VP, I don't know whether that one should count or not. Anyway, the ban is really just on the captious ones--especially all of those that are true--& that list is long.


We had a '57 Chevy. Lasted 15 years. Learned how to drive in that car. Matter of fact, learned a lot of things in that car. ;)


Firefly was the short lived sci-fi TV show by Joss Whedon that you found, T. It didn't mention racism, but it did show that in the future, "shiny" will be substituted in place of "cool" in dialogue. Now we know why.


Looks good, and would look even better with the JPEG compression relaxed by a couple of notches.

T again:

OK... My first thought when I saw this was "London Homesick Blues" (check out the cover of "What I Like About Texas" by Gary P. Nunn), & I thought that was a poker chip in the road. I imagine a "superstar" album of Tejano/Southwest covers with a blues/rock kick. Austin meets Las Vegas.

I agree with Bart. On one hand, this is one of those pictures--that if the resolution was good enough--a good number of people would be inclined to scale the image up (maybe crop the top) & frame it for inexpensive wall art. On the other hand, that might be a really good idea for a site promotion series. Folks love freebies.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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