Cardin’ and Taggin’ 2015

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.

Oak King and the Holly King

 

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!

 

 

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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. 🙂


Illustration Friday #30-34

Busy times. I’ve been working on a few submissions for a few different projects that I hope to write about soon. That and life has kept me quite busy meaning once again the Illustration Fridays have fallen to the wayside. I’ve discovered that while waiting for paint to dry one can sneak one or two of these in. 🙂 Been enjoying playing with gouache lately so most of these were primarily done in that medium. As always experimenting ensued.

#30 Topic: Summer

#30 Topic: Summer

 

#31 Topic: Beard

#31 Topic: Beard

 

#32 Topic:Fragile

#32 Topic:Fragile

 

#33 Topic: Invisible

#33 Topic: Invisible

 

#34 Topic: Repeat

#34 Topic: Repeat


End…Illustration Friday #16

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Topic: Disguise

 

Finally finished this guy. Got a little held up by the crazy weather induced migraines. Note to self. Remember to tape down paper BEFORE starting to paint. I got excited and totally forgot. 🙂


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More progress on this weeks Illustration Friday. Half way through this one.

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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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