Fish Noir

March 24, 2014

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RED HERRING

This week’s Illustration Friday theme is “red” and the first thing that popped into my addled brain was “red herring”. So I thought, hey,  I’ll redraw and repost this from a couple of years ago. What the heck, I’m on a roll.

Most mystery novel and film buffs know that a red herring is a plot device used in film noir, murder mysteries and suspense films, to distract the audience away from the more important aspect of the plot. The red herring can sometimes be a character, believed by the audience to be the killer, only to discover later in the film that they are innocent and another character, never even considered is, in fact, the murderer.

Now that you have your twist ending, do you know where the term red herring originated?

Wikipedia tells us:

A tradition whereby young hunting dogs in Britain were trained to follow a scent with the use of a “red” (salted and smoked) herring. This pungent fish would be dragged across a trail until the puppy learned to follow the scent. Later, when the dog was being trained to follow the faint odor of a fox or a badger, the trainer would drag a red herring (which has a much stronger odor) across the animal’s trail at right angles. The dog would eventually learn to follow the original scent rather than the stronger scent.

I’ve also heard that British fugitives in the 1800s would rub a herring across their trail, in order to divert the bloodhounds pursuing them.

All this talk is whetting my appetite for a bit of kipperes and toast (NOT!) and a Hitchcock film or two (YES!).

 

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

January 17, 2014

wolf in sheeps clothing 450Sheila finally solved the mystery of that wet dog smell in her closet.

Felt like it was time for a nice animal idiom.

“Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing:
One would use this idiom to describe a person or thing appearing to be good but is, well, not so much. There seems to be a few different ideas about it’s origin, but here is what Wikipedia has to say about it.

Time

January 9, 2014

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RACE AGAINST TIME

Despite strenuous training and conditioning, Murgatroid found it difficult to beat the clock.

The Illustration Friday theme for this week is “Time.” So, since it is 11:00 pm on Thursday, with only an hour  left to post… time is running out!

SkADaMo 2013 Day 22

November 25, 2013

Counting Sheep

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So, I seem to be continuing on a bedtime theme here. It’s wishful thinking, no doubt. This chilly weather puts me in a mood to kick off my cloven sheep slippers and curl up in bed with a good book.

Ah, but I have sketches to catch up on! Missed another two days. Oh for shame! But wait, that’s right, there are no rules. No harm done!

Anyhoo, stop on over here and let’s see how the other SkADaMo participants have been doing.

SkaDAMo 2013 Day 21

November 22, 2013

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“Pigs in a Blanket”

Well at least two of them.

The lovely Laurel Gaylord of Studio Lolo suggested this porcine pun. One of a many other idioms and puns. A girl after my own heart, she is. Can’t wait to dig in to that list.

Stop on by here to see what the other SkADaMo participants are up to.

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“Hot Dogging”

Well the only thing about Boswell that’s hot dogging is his tubular physique. He’s much more familiar with the snow plow than any sort of shredding.

Why not schuss on over here to check out my fellow SkADaMoers at work.

SkADaMo 2013 Day 18

November 20, 2013

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“Hot Chicks”

A little rougher sketch today. Probably so I can hurry and run to the window to stare at the rain. We finally got some of that ole precipitation today! I’m feeling rather hydrated and very energized.

But memories of the long, hot summer still haunt me. So much so I remembered an old drawing I did a few years ago depicting the heat and redrew it.

So here are some hot, hot chicks for your animal idiom pleasure. Of course, last time I posted these hot chicks, I got some… shall we say… interesting hits on my blog.

Go figure.

So for some hot, hot sketches go here and check out what my fellow SkADaMoers are doing today.

SkADaMo 2013 Day 13

November 14, 2013

Doggie bag450“Doggie Bag”

Beulah was bullish about hoity-toity bags.

Wow, it’s the SkADaMO 2013′s two week anniversary eve! You should check out what the other doodlers are doodling here!

SkADaMo 2013 Day 12

November 13, 2013

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“Swan Dive”

Just under the wire on this one!

Swing on by and check out my partners in crime here.

Pig skin“Pig Skin”

In an effort to avoid a leathery hide, Winona slathered on the sunscreen!

Come on over here to see what the other SkADaMoers are up to.

SkADaMo 2013 Day 10 (late)

November 11, 2013

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Whoops, missed a day! I guess I’m was just a little low “energy”. So don’t get all up on your “High Horse” about it!

Get it? High horse… I was late… and you’re…

It’s funny, trust me.

Cornball jokes aside, why not cruise on by here and check my fellow SkADaMoers!

Just wanted to mention that I seem to be keeping up with PiBoIdMo, a picturebook idea a day so far! Nothing earth-shattering yet, but some fun ideas to riff off of and those daily post on Tara’s blog, “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) are so inspiring and fun to read!

Also, I tried to slip in a reason to post to Illustration Friday this week, where the word of the week is “energy.”

SkADaMo 2013 Day 9

November 9, 2013

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oIn an effort to assuage the annoyance of my cat Iggy towards all the doggies I’ve been drawing lately, I present to you:

“Cat’s Pajamas”

So, when you get a chance, swing by here and check out my fellow SkADaMoers (yes it’s a word. I know because I just made it up.)

Cheers!

SkADaMo 2013 Day 7

November 7, 2013

Dog Eat Dog

“Dog Eat Dog”

… and the puns and idioms just keep coming!

Trot on over here to see what the other SkADaMo participants are up to today!

SkADaMo 2013 Day 6

November 6, 2013

Two shakes of a Lamb's tail

“Two Shakes of a Lamb’s Tail”

Ah idioms. Ya gotta love ‘em!

So, hey, take a skip over here and check out the other SkADaMo participants and what they’re up to.

SkADaMo 2013 Day 4

November 4, 2013

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“DOG AND PONY SHOW”

When all other ideas fail me I can always depend on my trusty animal idioms!

It’s really been fun and the SkADaMo list continues to grow. There are some really kick-butt sketches going on! Check out the list of participants (at least the ones who sent me their links) here.

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