Friday, May 20, 2011

Flying Giraffe

As I sat down to draw this, I thought, "A flying giraffe... there's something new." It wasn't until after I'd drawn it, colored it, and given the sketch away to one of my Facebook fans that I started wondering just how original the concept of a flying giraffe was. I Googled it and found 1,260,000 other flying giraffes... so, not quite as original as I had hoped. At that point, I couldn't help but wonder how many non-flying giraffe images Google would find, so I did a second search for the simpler, more conventional "giraffe." That one yielded 2,430,000 images. So it turns out that only about one-in-three of the internet's giraffe population is capable of flight... which I'm pretty sure is the actual percentage you would find if you just went outside and looked around.

5 comments:

Logan Pearsall said...

A similar thing happened to me recently...

I follow Chris Kennett, who posted this:
http://crikeyboy.blogspot.com/2011/05/victorian-giraffe-riding-penny-farthing.html

and I commented on the post with a piece I did last Fall:
http://loganpearsall.blogspot.com/2010/10/giraffe-finals.html

I think giraffes might just be awesome, and the world is catching on!

I love yours by the way!

Gabby Zapata said...

Hahah I love the way you think about these things. It's always interesting to see what goes inside an artists head :)

I would totally tame that giraffe so I can ride it!

Ryan Green said...

Yeah...Google sucks. Every time I think I'm original, Google tells me otherwise.

murf said...

Right on.

Sabrina C. Müller said...

I experienced the very same thing. With the exact same motive. Flying Giraffe. I made this in December 2009. At least its right on top of the google image seach. :'D
http://www.feyrah.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2eike5
I laughed so hard at this article!