Advice from a Caterpillar

By Chris Leavens

An Internet/illustration friend I met through Flickr, Goobeetsa, is collecting artist trading cards depicting scenes from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," so I decided to take a crack at it. This is chapter 5 of the story.

Quite an odd clique the characters in this story make, eh? (Illustration Friday, topic: clique)


Vector Art, Adobe Illustrator CS3



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Dude, prepare to enter the Stone Age, if you know what I mean. I'm talking about smoking marijuana.

Ha! I guess I should use your comment as an opportunity to broadcast that this has absolutely nothing to do with drugs.

Then again, Lewis Carrol might have meant it to. Probably would have been opium, though, right?

Yeah, I suppose that was a slightly irresponsible comment, and not as obviously sarcastic as I could have made it. Poor choice, especially with the kids and all.

To all reading, and in all seriousness: I have never known Chris to avail himself of any pharmacological means to creativity. His brain is 100% stock from the factory.

And I myself do not condone it, either. The fearsomest thing that enters by body these days is the occasional dram of Laphroaig, or perhaps the token slice of deep dish.

Regarding Carroll, he might have had some laudanum now and then.

I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT! Can I scream it any louder? I have a small collection of Alice in Wonderland books. It's one of my favorites, and THIS is fan-freakin-tastic. I've been hemming and hawing about which print of yours to get, but now I definitely know which one.

Very wonderfully done illustration.

Chris, you and Brian are a couple of the best artists out there, especially in the digital realm. This is one of my favorites from you yet!

Great piece, love your line work!

Great take on this!!! Also of note I will be ordering a couple of your posters next payday...


i really like this one

I always enjoy looking others who use vector based programs to create there art. Great job!

For my creative process, I use fisting.

This is great, and I love the return of that shade of blue.

LOL! DHL -- you misspelled "fasting!" Too funny. Regardless, I know what you mean; many artists throughout history have eschewed meals to unfetter their muse. Sorry to point out your typo -- I wasn't making fun; it was just funny, is all.

"Fisting" indeed! Is that even a word? I love weird misspellings like that; they remind me of a couple of wisecracks I read in some passages from an old book once.

I could go on, but I won't, as I really don't want you thinking I'm an ass. Also, someone's downstairs, knocking on the backdoor. Go to go see who it is; it might be my neighbour -- I promised I'd give him a hand today.

really nice depiction

This one is aces, Chris. I like the fact that you went with a different style of tree than you previous run.

Let's hope that no Italian plumber runs into this part of the woods and gobbles that mushroom in the foreground. Embiggened Italians are the WORST.

Fix It Again, Tony!

Hi Chris,

I'm going to leave this comment here, since I love this piece so much.

I just wanted you to know that I've given you a blog award over at my place. No obligation to pass it on or post it. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your work.

Have a great day!

Hey, Chris, I see you are an outstanding pupil of Mary Blair... ;) Good work.

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