Sunday, August 13, 2006

Illustration Friday - Play





This summer I took golf lessons. I had never played golf in my life, not counting mini-golf. My husband wanted to learn so he signed us both of us up for a five session golf clinic. I had no desire to play golf but didn't want to hurt his feelings so I decided to give it a go. Surprisingly, I really liked it. I even won a free bucket of balls at the driving range last week.

So when my husband went shopping for golf clubs this weekend, I tagged along to see what was available in the ladies section. Shopping for golf clubs has been an interesting exercise. Since my husband and I have the same amount of golf experience, I thought the sales pitch to both of us would be similar. But I didn't consider one important factor, the male love of high tech gadgets.

The first store we went to was a large sporting good chain. The salesman talked to my husband first while I kept an eye on the kids. I eaves dropped on the two of them as the salesman discussed the merits of steel over graphite, head sizes, sweet spots, inertia, trajectory, weight ratios, and the theory of relativity. Once he had gone through his sales pitch with my huband, I asked him what he recommended for me, as I have the same golf experience as my husband. I was shown one set of beginner clubs. He said they had graphite shafts and then spent several minutes showing me all the pockets in the cart bag for my personal belongings and the insulated compartment for my water bottle.

The second store we went to was a small independent golf store. He showed my husband no fewer than 5 sets of clubs as he engaged in a lengthy discussion about the high-tech engineering of today's golf clubs. As for me, I was shown one set of beginner clubs. He said they they had steel shafts. That was it. He didn't have much else to say - I guess it was because they didn't come with a bag.

29 comments:

Lhuis said...

ohhh!!!! its beautiful!!!!

i like your style!!!

huggies

JO said...

Great story, wonderful illo.

lil kim said...

great illo! and funny story. It's like when my husband and I went to drool over the Macbook Pro. We both knew more about it than the pimple-faced salesperson, yet at the end it was all 'thanks, sir' and I didn't even rate a handshake!

Ouissi Gresty said...

I love the faces...made me smile!

Ouissi x

nana nanuska said...

i looove the pussicat! great illo!

Rrramone said...

JE, this is excellent!!

Lady Guedes said...

Great!

BGOZ said...

Great style. I love the colors, and the forms.

:)=

Diane Duda said...

love the busy little mice!

Jeff said...

Wow, that golf story was amazing. I'm not into golf and I think that your story helps "illustate" the reason why.

Awesome picture too! But not enough techiness for the guy in me. :P

Keep creating!
~the art ninja~

Holly said...

This is great. The mice and cat have so much personality. Well done. Cheers!

tusen said...

lovely. I like the cat's expression and the mice seem so engaged in what they're doing

Natura said...

Great illustration, like it a lot!

baggelboy said...

cowboydog
This proves that mice do love cats.
Or do cats have to bribe them with cheese.

michael dailey said...

now this is funny great idea

rottentuna.com said...

oooh i do like your style

Loni said...

Nice illo! I like how you framed it. Very funny take on the theme!

.leo. said...

hey great work CONGRATS!!! i love it :D but i just have one question...i have months trying to add some kind of texture to my illsutration but using illustrator how u make yours look like that....is awesome i love it:D

J. E. Morris said...

Glad you like my work leo. Are you using Adobe Illustrator? It's hard to add texture in Illustrator. Much easier in Painter or Photoshop.

Sweet Pea said...

This is great Jenn - I love your cats and mice :)

murphy girl said...

this made me laugh out loud, and the story sealed the deal, i absolutely love your approach...great style!

irisz said...

i love this fat cat!

Ginger*:)* said...

Your illustration is wonderful... your description of golf shopping hilarious! What if the two of you had decided to take up Bungee Jumping instead?

Anonymous said...

What a fun cat, I love it!

Anette
www.wynlen.no

Malin H said...

This is so good! Like your line, colour, the placing of the cat and mouses! (I'm a big fan to all of your other work aswell)
/M

Evelien said...

i love your illo!! It's so funny

stacey m said...

haha, excellent!

Ellen said...

WOW! I am sooo glad I put you in my favourites! I just LOVE your work! What could be better than an awesome illo of a cat but one playing golf with mice as caddies! LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!

lowspeed said...

Where can i buy the play poster ? i love it !