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he looks so cold.... by real-faker he looks so cold.... by real-faker
A few days ago I found myself watching a plethora of old Bert and Ernie skits.

A few days ago, also, it snowed! But it was a pathetic kind of snow where it didn't stick to the ground. If you're going to snow, nature, at least make it so that I don't have to go to class.

SO, there's this one skit where they've just built a snowman and Ernie's convinced that they can't just leave him when they're done, because he'll get cold. At some point he decides to take Bert's hat and scarf to put on the snowman, and I think why I like it so much is because I've also been watching a lot of behind-the-scenes junk (BECAUSE PUPPETS AND ANIMATRONICS ARE RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS, OKAY). Anyway, there's this video of Jim Henson and Frank Oz running through their lines for this scene and one of them suggests that it'd be funny if the scarf was yanked off of him and he spun around a little bit. It just seems like such a fun and creative process, I dunno.

I think what I like about these two is that they fall into a certain character archetype duo that I'm really fond of, which is the happy-go-lucky somewhat stupid and/or eccentric character and the grumpy, boring, easily-angered or otherwise generally-unpleasant-to-be-around character. I find that a lot of my original characters fit into this category too. There has to be a name for these.... NEXT STOP, TV TROPES.

Anyway, sooooo... yes. IS THIS GIJINKA? I think they're human muppets already....right? You've got you're real people, you've got your monsters, you've got your mutant animals (wow this is kind of grotesque when I think about it), and then you've got your humanoid muppets. I guess.
I'm not going to pretend to understand this.

I wanted to make them more humanish. The more I thought about how they would look though, the more I realized just how startlingly accurate their Avenue Q counterparts are. XD


edit! For the record, here's the 'behind-the-scenes' video I'd mentioned. There's a LOT of stuff in here, and it's all good... but the snowman thing comes up at around 7 minutes in: [link]
I love that in the read-through they keep performing the characters even when they're just talking technical stuff with the directors. X)
"Wh-where are you going?" "I was getting in the tight shot, Bert..."

Here's the sketch itself: [link]

And just for the hell of it, here's a youtube poop of it:[link]
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theweirdgirlinclass Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If I can remember, I think this was featured in a Bert and Ernie video along with Rod and Nicky from Avenue Q. 

And speaking of those two, have you ever considered doing more Rod and Nicky work? I know you did one about Fantasies Come True 
IscahRambles Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
So cute! I love the way you've drawn them. :)
TheDayIsSaved Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
X3 Awesome!
Derbygirl568 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student General Artist
So cute! I really LOVE this!!! It's a very beautiful illustration!
Mushmeister67 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
Nice drawing. One thing that I've loved about this archetype (what I call the "IDIOT & ASSHOLE" archetype) is that altjough there've been a ba-jillion variations of the small, mean, jackass and the happy-go-lucky yet dumb fat guy, its the parodies, specific, different and at least more appealing variations of these that're more memorable, Ren and stimpy, Laurel & Hardy, Abbot and Costello, Archie & Edith, Gilligan and the Skipper, and Ernie and Bert, who're more different and specific. Ernie isn't at all dumb, just child-like and mischivious, and Bert is not an ass, more a "boring," whinning and "mature" adult. But anyway, I just got on a tanjin. Cute drawing.
darkkiller101 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome!
Naked-Sasquatch Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
These are the best human versions of Bert and Ernie that I have ever seen!
real-faker Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
haha, thankya!
cherrysnowflakes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
LOL this is so cute! Ive always had an unnatrual love for Bert and ernie and I thik this is adoarable!~
real-faker Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
yeah, they are great, arent they? XD Thankyou!
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