According to the highest authority (Wikipedia), there are very few people, even Muslims who should find this offensive. Muhammed, the Muslim prophet, is sharing a cookie with Jesus, the Christian Savior.
Sunnis are the largest group of Muslims to be concerned with portrayals of the prophet Muhammed, mainly because they fear that it would cause idolatry, the worship of an image over the idea behind it. That is completely rational, and I respect that. But it is not a written in Qu'ran, and bans against it are only ever found in supplemental texts, and resemble the Jewish traditional ban on "graven images".
Persian and Ottoman Muslims over the centuries have created many beautiful works of art depicting Muhammed in a historical light. The Supreme Court Building in Washington DC depicts Muhammed along with Hammurabi and Moses as a Judge and Rule-maker. Devotional and historical films have been made about Muhammed. And in my opinion, yeah, the Dutch cartoons of Muhammed were kind of insensitive, and in my opinion, kind of not funny either. Maybe that's what passes for humor in the Netherlands.
So to anyone who threatens me with violence over a heavily stylized depiction of Muhammed with a cookie: Fuck you.
These suckers are poisonous. One bite, and you're in for days of pain. And while you wander around, getting weaker, your wound festers, and komodo dragons all around can smell it. They follow you. Patiently. Until you fall. Picking your skeleton clean should take it no more than a few hours.
My loving tribute to the comedy trio of the old 'Road to' movies, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorthy Lamour. This piece isn't based off any one film in particular, just the three of them. If you've never seen any of the Road to films, I highly reccomend them. Road to Singapore was the first, but Road to Morraco is my personal favorite.
The films all have a very campy-fun style (a forerunner to the more recent Mel Brooks comedies, really) and I wanted to keep that feel to this piece which is why I used that retro/Shag style again. I think it carries the energy and light hearted feel I wanted.
Medium: Original sketches taken into Photoshop 6.0 and colored over there. No, I did not vector it. I did not figure out how to vector until the very end of the piece and am now kicking myself because that would have made it about a hundred times easier. Next time I do something in this style, I'll try the vectors.
This is the first (and, the alphabet being what it is, also the last) in a series I'm creating that personifies the alphabet. Inspiration for this shindig comes straight from Tom Robbins, who when asked what his favorite letter of the alphabet was, wrote a three-page paean to the letter Z. The one line that stuck with me was, "If X marks the spot, Z shoots it with a laser gun." So Z is a sexy, exotic, mysterious woman with a zap gun, leaping across the rooftops of some future metropolis. She seems like the kind of person who would be a Z if she was a letter.