Miniature Cabinets of Curiosity

The most interesting part of creating something, for me, has to be the journey of figuring out what it is. Some ideas come out fully formed and others change and morph over time so that only a semblance of where it began remains. The Society of Curious Creatures is a project that I think more and more will have an interesting life. Just when I think I may have to abandon this project, another piece of the puzzle falls into place and things start to morph and change.

Enter the mini cab. This is a miniature version of the larger cabinets I have made in the past but with a few more elements. I’ve been struggling to figure out a way to link a lot of these ideas I have about what is part of this world and starting this “mini cab” helped me figure a lot of that out. When painter’s embark upon larger works they tend to do a lot of small paint studies or drawings that will help them figure out a number of things about the larger work. This was exactly the same thing only dimensionally for me.

Process, process, process. Here it is.

The Aviary

drawing and scaling

Figuring out the door layers and the scale.

building the main cabinet

Starting to build the shape of the main part of the cabinet.

doors and box finished

Main cabinet and door completed.

some artifacts

Trying out the placement of the egg collection.

all the parts assmbled

Painted and fully assembled.

surprises within

Door has working hinges and a surprise growing within.

 

 

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Seed Girls

 

Being able to draw people is something I have always admired in those who do it well. I fall in and out of love with the idea of wanting to get better at rendering a human image. I’m not sure if it’s because it doesn’t come easy to me so I try for a bit and then take my version of the lazy way out and switch back to plants or maybe it’s the eyes. Window’s to the soul and all. What’s the first thing we all look at? The eyes. They give away so much, or in some cases, nothing at all.

Fall into love I am right now with this idea of the Seed Girls. Brace yourself. You’re about to get a glimpse into the way my mind meanders about before it settles on an idea. 🙂 This whole concept started with ornate frames and foliage believe it or not. I was sketching ideas for some of my Society of Curious Creatures characters. Somewhere in the mashing of flora and foliage came out the thought what would the tiniest parts of some of these plants look like blown up to life size? which lead to me being interested in paper marbling (!?) and then somehow a combination of all these random pieces settled out to what I am now calling the Seed Girls. Yeah not sure how I connected those dots either.

I’m still refining the idea of where I think these girls come from and what they are all about but for now they are happy just being little portraits. Quiet reflections on inky surfaces.

 

For a print of one of these ladies check out my Society 6 store. If prints aren’t your thing the store has lots of other products to choose from.

 

 


Mini Works 2

More of the 4×4 creature drawings.

Blue MoonSiblingsVine Portraits


Mini Works

As I figure out what my goals will be for this year, I have been doing some small 4″ x 4″ drawings with my Curious Creature characters. I’ve been playing with paper types and colour combos. One thing I do know is that I’m ready to expand and add a few creatures to the  world. Here are some of the experiments.

Reach out and touchDangerous WatersCoral


Do People Still Send Christmas Cards?

Well the title of this post is two fold. The first is truly a serious question. I do…randomly…send Christmas cards that is.  Some years I do, others I don’t. This year I was struck with inspiration so these illustrations will appear on the Christmas cards I’m sending out.

Needing somewhere to have them made I turned to Society 6. I have been eyeing them up for awhile and thought now might be a good time to open a store. But you already have a store? Yes I do but this one allows me to offer things that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to. So the second purpose of this post is to let you everyone know that they can stop by my Society 6 shop  for Christmas cards and other reproduction work and my StorEnvy shop will be for selling my originals.

Spread the word if you like. If not shhhh no one like a negative nancy. 🙂


Colouring Book Submission

 

The Reef

The Reef

 

My submission for the Doodlers Anonymous Colouring Book Vol. IV edition. Entered last year with a very simple ocean theme. This year’s is still aquatic in theme but MUCH more detailed. Let’s see how it does.


Illustration Friday #42

Last of the back log of Illustration Friday’s. 🙂

 

Topic: Money

Topic: Money