I’ve been blog-neglectful the past month. Busy with various projects, including rebuilding my website which is a challenge as I have no idea what I am doing! But as tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., which is pretty much the start of the (sometimes relentless) holiday season, here’s a little something to start the season properly. Cheers!
Want one for yourself? Print available at my Etsy shop.
I am happy to present my annual Halloween artwork on the first day of October, one of the most glorious months here in Texas. October diminishes, at least a little, the misery of August. Especially the recently past August of 2011. But back to the art. This year’s offering, Tempted by the Fruits, is a one page illustrated story.
“The temptation of proffered fruits trumped caution of feathered familiars.”
Prints for purchase available here. Previous years Halloween illustrations: The Witching Hour and Wicked Halloween.
It’s my first stab at stop-motion movie-making and is pretty primitive, but I labored over this little baby and want to show it off even with the quirks and wrinkles. (I tend to be fond of quirks and wrinkles!) The process of creating a piece of art from start to finish always interests me and thought it might you as well.
One of the things on my very long list of things I really must do is submit a design to Threadless. If you aren’t familiar with Threadless Tees, get thyself over there and check them out! Tons of cool t-shirts, all designed by members of the Threadless community. I’m off this weekend for a mini-break, as Bridget Jones would say, to Chicago and one of my stops whilst I am there will be the Threadless retail store. After I’ve perused the goods in person, when I get home I’m going to put pen to paper and do the deed!
Speaking of shopping, all prints and bookmarks in my online storefront are 20% off till the end of the month to celebrate (or bemoan) the official beginning of summer. (Although it’s been summer here in Texas for quite a while already.) Just type SOLSTICE611 in the coupon code space when checking out.
Just finished the bride image I’ve been working on for a client. She’s lovely and what a knockout dress, if I do say so myself! You can see the black and white version as well as preliminary sketches here.
A little love bird who makes an appearance or two in Douglas has a Dilemma and Douglas has a Dream (see links on the right side of the page). Douglas has a Dream has had a very long gestation period but illustrations are now well under way. I’m posting them as I go instead of waiting till they are all finished, with the thought that it might light a fire under my ample derriere.
Color version of the brand image for “New Orleans Style Garden District Bloody Mary Mix”. Can’t wait to see it on packaging! See the black and white version here.
A chickadee with attitude – and excellent eye shadow. Something sunny for a dreary, rainy morning.
This year my Halloween offering is a double: the intent, low-flying witch above, and the rather excitable cat pictured further down the page. I think what I like most about The Witching Hour is something I hadn’t planned but that just grew itself as I inked: the lovely living garden she is traveling above. I’ll have to keep it in mind when I have a new art car to paint.
Since I’m on the subject of witches, here is an illustration from a Halloween some years ago that I am still quite fond of:
Eye of newt, anyone? And of course, if you haven’t seen it, check out my wicked witch from 2008. Lovely ladies, all. I may have a coven.
One of two Halloween offerings this year. Someone pointed out that my “affection for cats was showing” because I seem to have done a lot of cats lately, which is true. But I’m still a dog person, really; cats are just more fun to draw. I don’t think this cat is very affectionate – although it was inspired by my friends The Brians’ cat, variously known as Scabitha and Creature (I call her Slinky), who I am inordinately fond of.