A collection of doodles with a bit of commentary by RICK GREEN - your cartooning friend

Monday, April 14, 2008

Snapper Chris

This was a first for me. Just a little while back Chris asked me to create something for a tattoo of a snapper fish that she and her husband want to have done. He, for his chest and she, for her leg.

Wow! My art enshrined in flesh! Sounds kinda'... kinda'... personal to me.

Chris sent me this illustration of a snapper, but said that she wanted her fish to be "kinda swimming uphill, curving to the right. With big lips! And a cheeky smile! and bubbles/water around."

I thought, "this snapper will be a snap," and so then I put together this illustration for her.



Chris' response was less than enthusiastic. She thought the eyes were too buggy, and the teeth were too teethy. Then she followed up those comments by finally telling that "snapper" was something her husband called her, (Awe - how cute!!) and so the fish was suppose to be her.

Now you tell me Chris!!! Why didn't you say that in the first place?

With that bit of insight I went to work on feminizing the little critter and then this is what I came up with...

Christina Joy was happy with the sex change procedure transition and then so was I.

After going to work on coloring in her snapper this was the final result...

What do you think? The lady that always makes my color copies of the drawings for me said that this one was her favorite, and she's seen a lot of my illustrations. You regulars might notice one addition to the final piece.

Chris promises to send a photo of the tattoo once it's... it's... umm... planted. So, I'll post that photo later.

Another note: This represents another first for me. Chris and family live in New Zealand, so this is the first time that one of my illustrations has made it to Middle Earth. ("Lord of the Rings" humor there.)

Be sure to check out her blog. She's a fun, spicy gal, and if you're really nice to her, she might even call you "mate."

25 comments:

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Martha and I love it! eggy I hope gets into the tatoo too~ have you ever gotten to attempt the skeleton key? Martha found a cool one in MIssouri (key chain ) I will have to take a picture of it to send to you.
hugs Laura

Chris H said...

I LOVE my fish mate, you did real good, particularly with putting up with me!!! You ROCK mate! Can't wait to get the tattoo and show ya all! WHOOOP! You are a clever bugger. What's the one addition to the final piece then????

Rick said...

To Chris: What's the little addition? Look close and compare the b/w with the color drawing and you'll find it. (Hee Hee - I just love it.)

Tismee2 said...

I've seen it, I've seen it!!!!!

Not the most difficult spot though I have to say. Think you might have to try a bit harder next time Rick!

I do rather like this, but don't worry, one tattoo is enough for me.

Chris H said...

Is it what's in the bubble then? I had to upsize the pictures to see it. I will add it into the tattoo for sure. Does it have special meaning to you then?

Rick said...

To Chris (again): "It" I call the "Egg Man", or just "Eggy", and his meaning is meaninglessness. He's just a little guy that makes it somewhere into most of my drawings. Now you're part of the club, and if you actually get him tattoo onto yourself, then you'll go right to the head of the class.

Jennifer said...

I like how you captured her big eyes... the female fishy is def cuter though.

Brenda said...

LOL Cute. The second one is much more feminine.

Brandi said...

I love this one! Of course I am a fisher person so I like all things fishy! Chris is a brave soul for getting the tattoo! I want one, just to big of a chicken!

Wanna_B_slimmer said...

Gorgeous... I am sure it will look awesome plastered on both Chris and Stew... haha at his pet name for chris.... "snapper" hey chris...

Suzy said...

You have an AMAZING talent! Your illustrations are fantastic!

The fish is so cute - just like Chris :-)

Tina said...

You're so talented! The fish is awesome and will make a great tattoo :)

Jadey 0:-) said...

Mate you are one talented artist. I came across from Chris' blog. Will add you to my bloglines because you have some real talent and I would love to see more of your work.

Take it easy :)

Hippygal said...

You have done an awesome job with the pic mate!!!

Kyddryn said...

Too cute!! How neat that your art will be on someone's bod.

Also, I found Eggy!!

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

Michelle said...

Hi Rick...I haven't stopped by in a while. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fish....the tattoo thing though..ick.

Mabunny said...

Very cute rick nad I did notice the edition:))
Hope you are doing well, youmust be very busy. Keep sharing your work:))

Kila said...

LOL, good job! Best looking fish I ever saw!

Ann(ie) said...

OMGOMGOMG....that is your work??? I'm so impressed. NICELY DONE!

Living With Cavemen said...

That is one hot sexy snapper! LOL

TONYA said...

Cute. I love this one and yes I spotted eggy in the bubble :)

Coffee Bean said...

ooooh la la... that is one snappy snapper!

Great Job Rick!

Sandra in ABQ* said...

YAY Rick...how exciting to have your work tattooed and not one but two bodies! Loved the snappy looking snapper! Adding Eggy where you did was too cute.

BetteJo said...

Very cool! I hope you get more tattoo designing work out of this. I mean, if you're cool with that! Could actually be quite lucrative for you as well as just being uber-cool!

Shannon said...

Cute fish but LOVE the middle earth humor.