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Jerry Nelson was a huge influence on my life, most likely yours too. I had a lot of people request that I do a tribute piece for Jerry, and while I agreed, figuring out just what to do was tough until it was suggested he be meeting up in Heaven with a few other Muppeteers who've left this planet too. I admit, it's a bit schmaltzy, but I really do like the imagery of Jerry Nelson meeting back up with Muppet writer Jerry Juhl, his long time partner Richard Hunt, and of course the legendary Jim Henson.

I wanted to use a limited and soft color palette, and while I wanted the setting to feel slightly surreal, I tried not to overdo the clouds and golden streets approach. Richard was the hardest to create, and this is actually his first attempt that I settled on after finalizing two others. Richard is the only one waving back to Jerry as they were so often partnered. Richard and Jerry performed the Two Headed Monster on Sesame Street together, Richard using his right hand to manipulate the monster's one head, and Jerry used his left to puppeteer the other. Hence why they are waving to each other with those hands.

The lyrics surrounding the piece are from "When The River Meets The Sea", a song from Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas. Jerry performed Emmet Otter and sang this song.

Line art and coloring was done in Illustrator using mostly the pen tool, and special effects were applied in Photoshop.

Jerry Nelson, July 10, 1934 August 23, 2012
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
He passed away on my birthday. I didn't know it at the time either
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CodfishJoe99 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
This is awesome...I have to admit, I teared up a bit...great job. RIP, Jerry Nelson.
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dhulteen Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:')
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KBAFourthtime Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
R.I.P.
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DeepC Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful...

I can't help but think of The Rainbow Connection right now.
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
This looks great! :thumbsup:
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mbaboon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
This is gorgeous. Great work.
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StariaChiba Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is great memorial piece. I love the way you've drawn them.
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IvoryFool Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
aaaaaawww man I'm all teary, When I saw this in thumbnail I choked seriously... just from the thumbnail I could tell who it was a drawing of.
Love "when the river meets the sea" I used to listen too John Denvers version with the Muppets over and over when I was a teenager allways gets me BAM.
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WallynSimonsGirl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I love this. <3. Very touching!
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nekoshema Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
omg, so beautiful.
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MKSfan14 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Ah yes, old friends back together. I can tell Jim even more glad to see Jerry again by the tear in his eye. Nice job. I made a tribute, too.
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gryffgurl88 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Break all the hearts?
Break ALL the hearts!

This is so beautiful.
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dhulteen Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you!
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful and touching :)
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MackAttack4life Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Jerry Nelson will be missed. Even if he did have some health problems, I gotta say, he died pretty sudden.
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SimanetteFan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering if you were ever going to do a tribute pic for Jerry; beautifully done man, beautifully done. :thumbsup:
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dhulteen Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man.
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bigpurplemuppet99 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful. Jerry Nelson 1934-2012.
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