Illustration Friday #37

Got this one done one time this week. It helps that I was procrastinating on something else. 🙂

#37 Topic: King

#37 Topic: King


The Society Of Curious Creatures

One of my goals this year has been to start showing some of my artwork. My hope is to also give some of them a home out there in the world. Not sure if anyone but me will find them interesting but that’s part of the scariness and excitement in trying this out.

Life finally lined up that I had a chunk of time off this summer. Mostly it was a much-needed recovery from the chaos of my theatre season, but it has also turned out to be the perfect time to put into action one of my creations. First to leave the gate will be The Society of Curious Creatures. The debut destination will be the Kaleido Family Arts Festival September 12-14. The festival showcases many art forms from music, dancing, theatre, craftwork and also artwork. They have two gallery spaces and I have been fortunate enough to have been selected to show my works in one of them. Yay!

‘The Society Of Curious Creatures is a fictional Society whose goals are to encourage the spread of knowledge and exploration of creatures that mainstream science has refused to acknowledge or continue research efforts towards. Many of the explorers have donated their research to the Society in hopes that an interest in these amazing and quirky beings continues. To begin, there will be a display of reproductions from the collection. In this case, Cabinets of Curiosity featuring three of the Curious Creatures within the archive.’

Here is the work in progress shots I submitted for entry. The Cabinets have come a long way from these photos and I’ll post some more complete photos as we get closer to the show date.

I also have a few surprises I’m hoping to go along with their debut. Stay tuned. 🙂

Creatura Heliconia

Creatura Heliconia

 

Creatura Hifishcus

Creatura Hifishcus

Creatura Ave Paradisus

Creatura Ave Paradisus

 


Illustration Friday #35 and #36

Two by two they seem to get dispersed. I have been busy with many things these days. Another post about that later. For now enjoy ol’ number 35 and 36. 🙂

 

Topic: Golden

#35 Topic: Golden

 

#36 Topic: Peace.

#36 Topic: Peace.


Sketch Exchange and Experimenting

"Geometry in Nature" (2014)

“Geometry in Nature” (2014)

 

Lately there are more “experiments’ in my art life than their are finished intentional works. Maybe this is a good thing because it certainly doesn’t leave me feeling self conscious about the things I am making. As I mentioned before I’m working through a backlog of projects. This one is for the sketchbook that my sister and I pass between us. I’ve posted more in depth explanations on this in the past. You can see the posts here and here.

This one was totally inspired by doing something with many textures and mediums. In previous exchanges between the two of us part of the fun for me was trying to push the idea of what our format was. The “postcard” exchange was all about that for me. So feeling nostalgic I wanted to try something like that again. A little metal leaf, acrylic paint and some pink thread later this one came out of my brain. It’s got me thinking about other possible explorations along these lines. More experiments to come I guess 🙂

It’s also been awhile since I’ve shown any process work so I’m adding in a few shots of the work in progress.

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Illustration Friday #19, #20, #21, #22

I have nothing but excuses as to my posting absense. A late winter cold found me and my productivity grinded to a halt as all of my efforts were focused on breathing. Slow to finish the first three. As for the fourth in the bunch my day job got crazy busy so finishing up took some time. Six day work weeks kinda kill the attention span and energy level. So here is a crammed pack offering from the last month of Illustration Friday’s.

 

Topic: Twisted

#19 Topic: Twisted

 

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#20 Topic: Space

 

Topic: Voice

#21 Topic: Voice

 

Topic: Spark

#22 Topic: Spark

 

 

 


Illustration Friday #6 and #7

Latest in my Illustration Friday adventures. Two weeks of started drawings finally completed. :/

#6.   Topic: Energy

#6.
Topic: Energy

 

Topic: Tail

#7.
Topic: Tail.


Sketchbook Exchange

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Bioluminous Jellies

My sister and I both share a love of art and drawing. One day long ago she moved to a city far away. Well not that far. It did cut down on the artistic things we were able to to together though. So one day a proposal was made to start an exchange. An exchange of “postcards”. Handmade and sent through the mail. There were very few “rules” to the exchange and over time it evolved into an art exchange more than postcard exchange.

I quite enjoyed the challenge, but then sometime last year, after about ten years of postcards, we decided to augment the exchange and move into a sketchbook we would pass back and forth for awhile instead. Looking back her first drawing was dated Nov 10, 2012. I guess today is, technically, the one year anniversary of the new format.  Yeah!!! (insert streamers and confetti here 🙂 )

This is my latest entry. Not a sketch per se. It’s a linocut print done straight into the book with acrylic colouring. I did a few test prints to get a feel for how it would ink and had to do some jiggering to make sure the sketchbook wasn’t going to slip or shift while I was transferring the image in ink. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Especially the inconsistencies in the black.

To check out some of our “postcard” adventures from the past click here.

To see some of the drawings from the sketchbook so far click here.