Friday, November 07, 2008

Custom Pumpkin Kokeshi Doll




What pumpkin wouldn't want a multi-headed slimy green snake, slithering around it hollow head? Happy times.
I've had this here blank kokeshi doll for too long and it was about time I painted it. I love doing halloween themed stuff and it is the season so... The bottom scene was influenced by one of my cartoon heroes, George Herriman. The man was a genius. His Krazy Kat cartoon, created back in the 1920s was way ahead of its time. Really great art, writing and design. I draw a lot of my characters with stick arms and legs thanks to the look of George's brick throwing mouse, Ignatz. Man, I hope Mr. Herriman is looking down and smiling. I will upload a scan of the strip that influenced the walking pumpkin scene in the next day or so.

9 comments:

pati @-;-- said...

You did it amazingly. I love your Kokeshi :)

Jason said...

Cool Kokeshi! Very different to the ones I see in Japan. I don't think the Japanse would think to do something like this to a kokeshi.

jim bradshaw said...

hey pati - thanks, I'm glad you like. I haven't seen you around. I hope you are doing well and your art is kicking butt.

jason - even my friends think I'm different. ha. If you want to see more different Kokeshis check out Christina's flickr at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/2winks/sets/72157602862019339

Breadwig said...

This is really really reaaaaaaally swell. Love the colors.

Gnaws said...

your work is always amazing! I'd love to see your process.

jim bradshaw said...

hey Brian - thanks, reaaaaally much

gnaws - thanks. my process is a high security secret known only to myself and a handful of people at the triathalon...ooops, ummmm... hexagon...no...no wait!... I mean Pentagon.

Actually, I tricked you with that answer cuz I'm too lazy to explain it all.

Kyle Poling said...

love the top half, the way you painted the eye holes I almost thought they were carved into the material- great job

kim said...

I love the Kokeshi. Did you use acrylic?

jim bradshaw said...

kyle - thanks man

kim - thanks. You guessed right. And some pencil