happy dance…

where did everybody go?

Tom mentioned a while ago that he thought I should draw some elegant terns sometime – so here they are! Let’s see what he sends in as a response – he certainly won’t be able to resist!

I am trying out a new multi-image format. Elegant terns are most expressive in their movement so this seemed the best way to show them – don’t they remind you of a Snoopy happy dance?!

When trying to be expressive with animals I almost always think first of  The Abominable as the model for how it can be done – if you never have, check it out – cute, touching and full of animals!

UPDATE: Just in from Tom in the comments!

Frame 1 (Cue music):

“I’m a dancing tern
Watch and learn…
I’m a DANNNNCING TERN…!”

Frame 2:

“You and I
We can fly
Or swooping on fish we can dive…!”

Frame 3:

Alternative 1:

elegant terns fly
when they realize true joy
lacks all irony

Alternative 2:

shouldn’t have asked her
if she’s ever gotten laid
since she was an egg

(c) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

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4 Responses to “happy dance…”

  1. Frame 1 (Cue Bee Gees music):

    “I’m a dancing tern
    Watch and learn…
    I’m a DANNNNCING TERN…!”

    Frame 2:

    “You and I
    We can fly
    Or swooping on fish we can dive…!”

    Frame 3:

    Alternative 1:

    elegant terns fly
    when they realize true joy
    lacks all irony

    Alternative 2:

    shouldn’t have asked her
    if she’s ever gotten laid
    since she was an egg

    🙂

    Tried to be ultra-compact on this one. Definitely will take some practice to get used to. I’ve tried about a dozen alternatives in form and content for the last frame.

    Elegant terns standing around look like they are far too cool to ever express pure and simple joy, and as for the second alternative I figure painfully cheesy pick-up lines are funny regardless of species.

    Love the expressiveness and freedom of these images.

  2. LOL I like how alternative 2 explains the sudden loneliness 🙂

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