Amped Emberley Vignette


On Friday my 8-year-old was doodling out of an Ed Emberley book and having a rollicking good time putting this together:


I ran across it a couple of times over the weekend, and by Sunday noon, looking for something fun and easy to relax with, I could take it no longer.  I had to do my own.

Cover of an Ed Emberley Book

Cover of an Ed Emberley Book

Inside an Emberley

Inside an Emberley

If you don’t know about Ed Emberley art books,

they are full of little doodles of things in an step-by-step instructional format.  Each little doodle takes only seconds to complete.

The real fun comes in the embellishments.


So I sat down and played around with some doodles for an hour or two:


did a little massaging on the ‘puter:



and then went to work on my real goal: an amped  up Emberley shadowbox vignette.  And here it is!

amped-emberley-vignetteFrom left to right: Dancer, Gubbles, Uncle Howlard, Mumsley, and behind him Doctor, Pippy, Foxxy, and Hazel.

By the way, the picture on the wall is a reproduction of a watercolor of a beastly fellow by the name of Uncle Cato.  Uncle Cato’s portrait was painted by the versatile and multi-talented Jeanette Andromeda, the brilliance behind, among other many enterprises.

The little vignette is not finished.  I’ll probably keep it on a corner shelf and keep adding little things — some furniture, more wall-hangings, etc. — when I need a relaxing distraction.   But now you know the kind of things that fill a lazy Sunday afternoon around Graowf’s den.

2 thoughts on “Amped Emberley Vignette

  1. Your vingette is coming out really cool! I love the way your characters came together too. Atre they all specific characters, or just for fun ones? I do recognize a few though ^.^

    • Any resemblance to any persons real or imaginary is completely coincidental. I made up their names as I went.

      I wanted to build a wooden shadow box out of distressed wood, but I didn’t have time and was too lazy. Maybe I will, though. But this weekend, I think I’m going to try to finish my yurt.

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