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.
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! 🙂