Thursday, February 11, 2010

IF: "Muddy"

This is not only my entry for this week's Illustration Friday... its also my entry for a very cool new blog called "Monsters in Real Places"

I always figured Yukon Gold potatoes came from the Yukon. But no, the bag of 'yellow fleshed' potatoes in the basement came from nearby Shelburne, Ontario. Huh! Curious, I decided to check out Shelburne on Google Earth... and was amazed at what I saw! Yup, its Muddy Pete, the giant potatoe monster, caught on Google's satellite photos as he tries to sneak around the outskirts of Shelburne, leaving his signature giant muddy footprints behind him . You can tell by all his many, many eyes that Pete's been hanging around for quite some time.

Anybody can contribute a monster in a real place. Just drop by the MIRP blog and check out how to participate!

* Incidentally, Muddy Pete is very much inspired by an old Power Rangers action figure called "The Eye-Poppin' Eye Guy". My kids used to love playing with their Power ranger action figures when they were little. When they got older and decided to get rid of all those action figures, I rescued Eye Guy from the trash and he holds a place of honour on my studio toy shelf.


Tasha Devine said...

haha this is so original! i love the story that you wrote with it as well. also, very good idea hitting two birds with one stone :)

Leif Peng said...

Well thanks Tasha! I really appreciate you leaving me such a nice comment - you made my evening :^)

Yeah, I finally got the idea for this week's IF at the last minute this morning, and it was the MIRP blog that triggered it. "Muddy" was a tough word to figure out!

Rui Sousa said...

Lovely work, excellent interpretation of the week´s subject. Great!
Congratulations and keep the good work!

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