Illustrator Influence

My 11-yr-old son has discovered Russ Cox, a wonderful illustrator. You can see his work at Smiling Otis Studio. 

[Yes, Mike Allegra (HeyLookAWriterFellow), Otis was one of Russ’s cats. They’re everywhere! And BTW, a mouse snuck into our pantry and tore into the brown sugar, dried beans, and pancake mix. I’m thinking we’ve got a diabetic mouse on our hands. Otis, where are you? We need you! Seriously, we’ll be getting out the live-trapper to capture this critter and let him loose in a neighborhood park.]

Anyway, I digress. My son wasn’t consciously thinking about one of Russ’s drawings  when he drew this on a paper tablecloth at a restaurant last week:


Organic meets inorganic

If you look at Russ’s black and white work, you may find something that looks a bit like this guy. 

Happy Illustrator Day! (just thought I’d make up a new holiday)


22 thoughts on “Illustrator Influence

  1. Laurel Leigh says:

    I love the idea of a new holiday! Earthlings, beware? I feel like there’s something alien happening in this illo but regardless I’m intrigued. I hope he keeps drawing!

  2. Lady Fancifull says:

    Love your son’s vision, artistry and humour. Go on, look proud, Mama, you have every reason to do so! PS, will they make friends? Will they have meaningful conversations about life, love, and the meaning of the universe or will that robocop just roll over an oblivious of danger slow coach snail? Or worse, ingest it, with a dab of garlic butter?

  3. Margarita says:

    I definitely like the new holiday, Jilanne! Rodents baffle me: the scent of CAT is everywhere in our apartment since our kitty goes everywhere. My sweet husband tells me that mice smell the litterbox (even though we keep it clean for our finicky kitty). Yet they insist on making their way into our abode where the ever-vigilant Chi stands guard and quickly dispatches them. What’s up with that? 😉 xoM

  4. heylookawriterfellow says:

    Liam, as usual, dazzles. Give the young man my best, won’t you?

    And I am glad to hear that the mice are fat and happy at Casa Hoffmann. I almost don’t mind your cat fancier instincts anymore. Almost.

  5. Letizia says:

    Your son is so talented. I love how he was able to create expression in so little lines.

    p.s. I think the mouse is making a bean pancake dessert for you, be on the lookout.

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