Illustration Friday – Farm (The Carrot Thief)

The Carrot Thief, for Illustration Friday

size: 6 x 4 inches (approx.) / 150 x 100mm
medium: cut and torn washi paper on wood
private collection

I grew up on farm. I still wake up in the middle of the night, cold sweat running down my face, trying to wish the visions of cows out of my mind.

But this week’s Illustration Friday topic is “farm” so I wiped my brow, wrestled down my childhood (bovine) demons, and started in on this piece. “The Carrot Thief”, an odd critter, was a common garden-pillaging pest. I did mention that the farm was in New Jersey, didn’t I?

This is the second 木はがき (kihagaki: ki=wood, hagaki=postcard), I’ve done, and I really like the way the cut-paper works with the wood texture. I’m also pretty sure this is my best carrot ever.

Big thanks to everyone for the great comments last week!


  1. dahlgirl’s avatar

    Wow! Your cut paper/wood designs are beautiful and unusual. I like this little thief with a prehensile tail and a big hunger for carrots.

  2. Kevin’s avatar

    At first, when I saw the thumbnail, I thought of the Pookas from the Dig Dug game. Don’t know why exactly. The colors on it are great. Another great piece.


  3. Digital Scott’s avatar

    Nice piece, great carrot!

  4. jo’s avatar

    This is another great illo, your safe was my favorite last week. So unusual.

  5. irisz’s avatar

    really great style!

  6. nadine’s avatar

    This is wonderful! Such a unique style. Love it!

  7. Natali’s avatar

    Beautiful work and great idea!!

  8. richtuzon’s avatar

    nice work…love your blog.

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