What’s so fascinating about a skull? It should be kinda gruesome but I don’t see them that way. In some ways they are kind of mysterious. Maybe it’s ingrained early on in our lives with museums and dinosaur bones and wondering what these massive creatures might have looked like roaming the lands we now so completely inhabit. Oddly enough, even though the creature whose skull I’m drawing is no longer alive, their bones still seem to have a personality and they all want their portraits drawn.
Want to own this guy? Have a peek over at my Society 6 page and see some of the products I’m offering with this guys portrait.
It’s my turn in the Sister Sketch Exchange and this time around I was having a bit of trouble figuring out what to do. I usually use this exchange as a way to experiment with things I have ideas about. Right now though my ideas are more other materials dimensional than paper related dimensional. If that makes sense. Finally inspiration did hit and out of it came little present doors with “Santa’s Companions” behind them. It started out as being a Krampus thing but then evolved when I found something referring to all these different characters as known “associates” of Santa. These guys are there to make him look good, or they are thought to be previous incarnations of Santa before he became more pleasant. It was a bit tricky to photo but hopefully you get the idea.
For the last few years I have been doing different art challenges. You know, the kind that give you a topic, or word, and then you make a drawing to go with. This year I decided to switch things up and stop doing those to focus on doing more of my own projects and less of those. There just wasn’t enough time in my life for both. Inadvertently, I managed to start a new one…sort of. There are quite a few people with birthdays in my life and about half way through the year I decided to start making cards for them. I certainly didn’t hit everyone, but as I was finishing up two today I realized that I had done quite a few. Twelve in total. Not sure if I’ll continue into next year, but I quite enjoyed doing them. They also got more and more elaborate I noticed. Even though theses cards had a simple theme, practice sure made proficient, cause I can certainly see the improvement as I went along.
It’s that time of year again. Linocut card time! This year’s theme has kinda carried it’s way through 2 projects. The first was the card image for this years greeting cards. It was inspired by the Druid story of the Oak King and the Holly King. As the story goes these two beings battle it out every year with the aim of ruling the seasons. No one ever “wins” really cause they end up sharing the seasons. The Holly Kings rule starts summer time and continues until winter when the Oak King takes over until summer. What I liked about it was that the Oak King was a symbol for the coming spring and longer days. As we are almost at our darkest here right now in my part of the world with the sun setting around 4:30pm and not coming back up until 9 am, I thought it was a great winter card theme. My little Ladybug friends made an appearance again this year each taking on one of the roles.
Then to continue onto the linocut present tags, which have become my favourite way to do these tags as of late, I decided to stick with the oak leaf as the image. I was trying to aim for small detail reproduction in this one and I’m quite happy with how it worked out. It took a bit more time to carve and some patience but I think they are the best ones yet. Happy Holidays!
It’s finally here! The second edition of my creature card series is finished and ready to go out into the world to find new homes. Thank you to everyone who bought cards in series one. It was fantastic to be able to sellout the first series at this years ArtWalk and I’m very pleased to be making another set.
This time around I’ve increased the number of images in the set from 3 to 5 and I’ve made the edition slightly larger at 30. For those of you that may not know this is a limited edition 4″x 6″ card set. Once all thirty are sold I’m not printing anymore. Each set is signed and numbered and comes with a small info card about the creatures featured. The new set introduces three new creatures that some may have already met this summer and fall when my work was on display at the Whyte Ave ArtWalk or the Kaleido Family Arts Festival.
Please say hello to the Fuzefly. An odd looking insect that seems to be morphing into the trash it collects. The Nudilichen. A tiny species both colourful and cute that lives in mosses and lichen across the globe and finally the Orchesia fish. A skittish fish often referred to as the orchid of the sea.
I’m Alive! Earlier this month I decided to embark upon a new adventure in the world of what to do with my Curious Creature characters. So I took them to the street! 🙂 It was an long thought about idea to do a booth at the Whyte Avenue Art Walk and I’m happy to say it was a good one. It was a super scary idea to go stand out there and let people see what I’ve been up to, but it was a really positive experience. I never expected to enjoy the look on peoples faces as much as I did when they would be walking by and then stop and do a double take as if to wonder “what the heck is this?” Other than all the feedback, I sold a few of my larger peices to people who I think are really gonna enjoy these odd little guys starring back at them everyday. I also sold out my Series 1 Creature Card Series so now I get to embark on Series 2! What more could I really hope for?
What’s this about “new things”. Well after a much needed week of decompressing from the event I am full of ideas of what to get up to next. To start, I’m trying out a new online shop to sell some of my easier to ship pieces. It’s with Big Cartel and I’m pretty excited to see how it all works out. Best part is I can list my items in Canadian dollars! I’m listing some of the coloured pencil creature drawings that didn’t sell from Art Walk first. It’s not many so I’m going to rotate them about. This week it’s all about the Hifishcus.
What is the Hifishcus? Well it’s thought to be a hibiscus jellyfish hybrid. Rarely seen, they are thought to live down in the depths of the ocean. Once a year you can maybe catch a glimpse of them as they all float to the surface to find mates. Glowing in the dark waters off the coast. As quickly as the sun sets so too is their brief appearance on the surface. Then back down they go hiding themselves away in the dark from prying eyes.
Ooo, ahh. In a couple weeks their enemy the Heliconia is hot on their trail. 🙂 I’ve started out with a small account to see how this will be received but my hope is to post a new drawing ever other week or so to add some new work to the mix. Click here and check it out.
Save the Date! Come on out to the Whyte Avenue Art Walk July10-12th and see new work in my Society of Curious Creatures Project. There will be items big and small for purchase, or come say hello and have a chat. I’ll be doing previews of some of the new work for the next two weeks on my social media sites.