"Mornin', Cowboys!"

Monday, March 10, 2008



A few weeks ago, illustrator bud, Emily Goodale, and I decided to each make our own secret version of the plucky little girl named "Pony the Hat" from Erich Kastner's translated story, Emil and the Detectives. There is absolutely no explanation for her nickname throughout the text. Pony was so genuine and silly we couldn't contain our love for her, so we both decided to draw her.

For most of the story, Pony exists on a bicycle in a gang of boy sleuths, assisting them in tracking down a thief in the middle of Berlin (pre-WWII) She is the cousin of the protagonist, Emil Tabletoe. As a relayer of information between a worried grandmother and Emil's gang, Pony rides her nickel-plated bike to and from the city, thermoses of coffee and treats in tow for her boys. An essential part of the caper, she is often exclaiming things like, "Well, there's nothing like having a woman around the house." Keep in mind she is probably no older than 10 and likes wrestling more than her cousin.

We JUST revealed them to each other last week and decided to make a simultaneous post tonight for everyone to see! So here is my Pony, and here is Emily's.

P.S. Neither of us spoke of using a yellow dress or even hair and look what happened!

10 comments:

Erin said...

They're both fantastic!

Matthew said...

i love the shadow cast over her eyes.

Josephine Cameron said...

oh, i *love* these. and it's just extra cool that the colors came out the same. :)

GloamingDesigns said...

she's wonderful! i adore her dress and shoes and the vignette in the background is lovely.

kalurah said...

That so funny! You know what they say,"Great minds......" :)
I love both of them...so adorable!

Annie said...

Oh my gosh I love this! I love how you did the city, the clouds, the character is terrific and the bike too. The whole thing! Emily's is wonderful too, I need to go look at it again. :)

cALviN1987 said...

Oh My God! Your Illustration is sooooooo nice!

Doreen said...

What beautiful work you do. I absolutely love this painting...kinda reminds me of myself when I was her age.

Your banner is wonderful. I am very partial to rabbit illustrations.

Blessings,
Doreen Frost

Eric Orchard said...

Wonderful! I love both of them, although I think there is something unexpected about yours, something really delightful.

Jackie Parker said...

I am wearing the same socks a Pony the Hat today.

;)

She's beautiful.