14 November 2006

Clear Eyes Is Awesome

Ben Stein clear illustration jimmyjanesays

I was born in the 80's. I've watched too much TV.

Anyway, I was very surprised and delighted to see that my topic was chosen for Illustration Friday this week. Too bad the word I submitted was Clear. For the last few weeks IF has had themes related to translucency (Ghost, Wind, and Smoke), so as a sort of joke I entered a bunch of topics that mean clear. Like crystal, translucent, see-through and limpid (yeah, I used a thesaurus).

Couldn't Penelope have picked my word when it was Peas? Oh well! My website hits are way up, and I got to draw my first portrait of Ben Stein! Here's a link to one of the Clear Eyes commercials, via YouTube.com.

34 comments:

khang do said...

i watch too much tv as well, so i really enjoy the ben stein, clear eyes illustration...nice drawing and funny take on your topic!

Brine Blank said...

Funny stuff. Like your style (really like how you did your portrait(?) that appears in the thumbnail).

mbc said...

Excellent! Great drawing and imaginative concept.

michael dailey said...

great looking portrait

studio lolo said...

Very cool! I can actually hear him :)

esillustration said...

your portraits keep getting better and better, i approve! 100%

bobdylan8 said...

Another excellent portrait, nice job.

Alyssa said...

Super creative blog. Congrats on getting an idea through to them finally!

Tiger Mouse said...

I don't know the tv show you're talking about (maybe it never made it Down Under). But that's a lovely portrait - very vivid.

cocos said...

Wow! Great likeness, I knew who it was right away!

JO said...

Very funny and very clever. Great drawing by the way.

ryan.luikens said...

aww... i heart senor stein - awesome sketch.

<3r

atomicblondie said...

The cultural reference is lost on me too (another Aussie) but your drawing style is beautiful. I love your blog too... lots of great touches!

constance said...

hey, I really like your sketches/illustrations. Your strokes, they seemed to be drawn with very confident hands. The characters in your potraits, they are very 'alive'.

Michelle Lana said...

great sketches, jeannette!!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Terrific, Ben Stein is so, well, Steiney. I always thought it was funny that he promoted a product that is 90% used by stoners. Great portrait, you captured the ironic humor in his face. Peas would have been a fun word to illustrate.

Anonymous said...

Funny to scroll down and see a dead-on rendering of BEN STEIN! (If you say his name out-loud, which I do hourly, you have to say it in your most nasal/monotone voice.)
And thanks for the link to the Clear Eyes commercial. I love the show and tell capacity to link anywhere, don't you?

billy said...

haha that is awesome

bill zeman said...

very nice portrait - really captures the personality

Maja Veselinovic said...

Even I don't know who the Ben Stein is, I still can feel the essence of your drawing! All compliments!

esillustration said...
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esillustration said...

i wonder who posted that last comment and deleted it????? anyone? oh well. RAWR!!!!!

esillustration said...

p.s. it was me!

Angela said...

I was going to say, 'hey, boy that sure looks like Ben Stein', and then I read on, and saw that, oh, it IS Ben Stein! Really nice likeness, and great take on the topic!

Frizz said...

This is great...all your work i s great. I need some of your mojo to rub off on me!!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

I recognized Ben Stein immediately even before I read your text. I saw Ben at a Starbucks in Malibu! I like your illustration, and I like Ben, he's a great writer. He's had some awesome stuff to read on the 'net.

Anonymous said...

jeje, this make me laugh, very good! and brilliant drawing :)

sage said...

great work!

claudine hellmuth said...

great work! love your beautiful sketches!

Natura said...

Your drawings are really beautiful! Like your line.

AndyDoodler said...

Haha- hey I was thinking the same thing about the see-through topics. But I'm thinking they are chosen based on a preference for certain letters--i.e., most of the topics since I found IllFri have begun with "S"(11x's?) and "C"(7x's?).
Anyway- very cool portrait of Ben!

Linda said...

great likeness, your portraits have a lot of charactor!

Tiger Mouse said...

Ha ha ha! Thank you for enlightening me as to who Ben Stein is. He has a great deadpan manner.

Rrramone said...

Ben is a riot. Not a fan of his politics but love his humor! :-)