The Absurd Balloon

Design by Mat Pringle

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Mat Pringle
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'The Absurd Balloon' or 'Le Ballon Absurde' was something I imagined upon during the summer on holiday in the Scottish borders. I chanced upon a stunning photograph of a Muskox in a newspaper and instantly felt the urge to draw it. Then gradually the fantastical vision of the great hairy beast sailing silently through the clouds formed in my mind's eye and has been with me ever since. I may have to go see a doctor about it as it happens...

And that was that. I've been playing around with a narrative for the The Absurd Balloon for the last few weeks but felt the urge to introduce it to a wider audience. Enjoy!

WEAREYAWN

VERY cool!!!! love the hair!

L-M-N-O-P

I'd get rid of the backdrop: the absurdballon by itself is great!

YaaH

Miss Monica

Wonderful work, love the absurdity of it all!$$5

bogdant

5

skingston

Fantastic design! Very whimsical. I'd definitely buy it.

v.calahan

Neat, I'd lose the background though, the balloon is great enough!

Mat Pringle
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Thanks for all the kind words everybody!

AdderXYU

more of this style, but less squareyness.

chumpmagic

Wait... What?!? Oh I don't care. I love it!

CazKing

awesome beast! defo without the background. You could still have clouds - just not boxed in.

cherry_jellybean

love the design, and the background, but the boxyness bugs me a little...

Ian Leino

lovely work!

Mat Pringle
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Again thanks to everyone for the smashing comments - very much appreciated!

Thanks dad!

  • Thanks dad! ;)
gobseck

wow, nice job!

DecaDry

great! i think its better without the frame. 5$

opifan64

very nice!

FRICKINAWESOME
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Apart from the square border, this is a great literal flight of fancy.

Zen Studio

Apart from the square border, this is a great literal flight of fancy.

vo maria
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This is beautiful! And, apart from the square border too, this is amazing.

Mat Pringle
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Thank-you everyone!

A few people seem to have taken exception to the border but that can be removed easily to allow the great beastie to sale freely!

Mat Pringle
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Whoops - I mean 'sail freely' even.

edoran

I actually love the border :) D'oh!

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