Santa’s Companions

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.

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Your can sort of see the doors in this pic when they are in their closed position.

 


Sketch Exchange Time

Fuze Flies

Fuze Flies

As always I have high hopes for the first part of the year being a successful blogging time. Never happens. Work takes over and my other projects all end up on the back burner. So without further ado here is the latest offering in the sister sketch exchange. It’s from a couple months ago now, but this was super fun. Hoping to expand upon the ideas I started here and turn these guys into 3D sculpts one day.


Art Swap

I’m really drawn to these one off art things for some reason. Maybe because their random and allow me to procrastinate from things I “should be doing”.

Enter Light Grey Art Lab. They had an artist art swap taking place before Christmas. Thinking this would be a great way to connect with a random artist in another city, into the hat my name was entered. A few days later an email appeared with a listing of all the partnered up people.

It work out that I was paired up with another Canadian woman. Her name is Jill Bogart and she does some really lovely illustrations. I especially love her Spoonflower patterns. Do check her out if you have a chance.

Now to the exchange! I have been itching to make some movable art pieces for awhile now and inspiration struck. My little Ave Paradisus character that I love to draw is always up to mischief so why not a trip across Canada to deliver a message. 🙂 Below is the work in it’s “closed” state and then after you run the tab with the starfish on it up…behold a holiday message 🙂 It was really too much fun.

So what did she send me you ask? Well… a whole lot of awesome that’s what.

She had been making felt ornaments as gifts for people and she made me my very own felted Curious Creature! The same critter that I sent to her. Coincidence? YES, because neither of us new what we were sending each other. They came with a couple of great “backgrounds” that are prints of some of the patterns she sells in her Spoonflower shop. Check out the stuff she sent below.

This was a super fun swap. Hoping I get to do it again next year.

 

Goodies

 


Sister Sketch Exchange. The Explorers.

The latest project has been my creation for the Sister Sketch Exchange. Being that it was my turn and all 🙂 I’ve spoken a few times about this ongoing little adventure between myself and my sister. Click here and here for previous entries that explain more. Or head on over to my website for a look at that whole adventure.

This time around I wanted to add a bit of dimension so I created the images across two pages with a third in the middle acting as a flip window.

Here are a few starting process shots of the drawing being laid in and coloured on the right side of the book.

 

The part that I think makes this all very fun is the “window” page. It has a portion of the page cut away and I replaced it with a piece of acetate that I layered some wavy lines of Gel onto to create a wobbly underwater current look. It doesn’t show up in the final scans so I took a few extreme angle shots so the effect can be better seen here.

Finally here are scans of the finished works with window flipped in either direction. One side your inside the sub and the other way you floating with the fishes! 🙂

 

The Explorers- Side 1.

The Explorers- Side 1.

 

The Explorers- Side 2.

The Explorers- Side 2.


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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Sister Sketchbook Exchange

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The ongoing adventures of the Sister Sketch Exchange. See the previous post here. I love doing these drawings. There’s a lot of wondering and fear. Mostly because every time I get the book in return I have no idea what I’m going to do and I’m never quite expecting what I receive as my sisters contribution. I guess that’s what makes it so fun.

This one was based on an idea I’m trying to develop about mixing city landmarks with plants. I really like where my first attempt ended up. Below I included the rough idea I sketched out initially for this one.

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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.