Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Natural" for Illustration Friday

For the latest "Illustration Friday," here is a link to my several animals hanging out together!

The theme is "natural," and I decided to submit this illustration since-- while cartoony and a little fantastical with the hearts (and the Kangaroos pocketing hearts and flowers in their pouches)-- animals hanging out together in the wild is one of the most natural things in the world.

Plus, it's "natural" for bees to pollinate, and for there to be a circle of life, and thus the circular design/pollinating bee/other animals in this piece all "naturally" relate to one another!

Bonus inclusion: I turned the design into a little repeated pattern, as seen below.

I've been working on doing more design-y illustrations that are a little more graphic and less line-y and cross-hatch-y.  This one was especially fun, as I could see this kind of repeat pattern on fabric or wallpaper or some such, and I could see the single original design as something on a bag, tee-shirt, or what have you.

Still need to do a bigger update, but very busy!  So this will have to be all for now.

Here are some links!

The print and pattern section of my site (still to be updated, and the site overall must be renewed, eep!):

And, the link to do I.F. for this week's "Natural" theme:

Thanks for reading, and hope everyone's off to a great week :-D

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Zodiac" for Illustration Friday

Woo, second blog post in a while!  #OnARoll.  Anyway, here we go.  This is just an art post, but a news post will be soon-ish, I'm hoping :-p

So, this week's I.F. theme is "Zodiac."  On a whim, I Googled "Koala astrology," and lo and behold! It exists! It turns out that in the "Primal Astrology" zodiac calendar, marsupials abound.  A platypus, a koala, and a kangaroo all have their own sign/description, the way the Horse does in the Chinese calendar (for example), or the Lion for Leo does in the Western calendar (For another example).

So, keeping in this theme, above are three animals from the Primal Zodiac: a sepia ink illustration I did of a Platypus, Koala, and Kangaroo, all wearing Victoriana styled clothing.  It's an illustration of The Advetures of Miss Roo, Mister K. O. Wala, and Sir Plat. E. Pus.  This will be in color eventually, but I wanted to keep one scan of the just brown/sepia inked version. 

I'm rather familiar with the Western Zodiac, and the Chinese one.  I'm a Leo Western wise (with a lot of Cancer elements; which on the one hand can help make me a more tolerable and better listener type Leo, but on the other hand means I can tend towards putting up with too much/being a more repressed "White Swan" kind of Leo when the natural, un-filtered urge would be to completely "Black Swan" out). 

It was pretty cool learning about this new Zodiac calendar, which is like the Western and Chinese calendar combined (it goes by month and year you are born), and seeing how many different animals and their qualities were talked about on this calendar. I personally was not a Koala (sadness), but found out I was an Otter. 

Some of that description was very accurate, and some wasn't, but it's still cool to now know between all the various calendars of the Zodiac, I am a combination Lion/Rat/Otter.  Hrmmm.  Perhaps that mashup of a creature would be something fun to draw...

In any case, for parties interested in some links for art/Zodiac shenanigans, they are below.  Thanks for reading!

Some Other Marsupials on my Site, via Prints and Patterns (To Be Updated with this illo as well, soon):

The Primal Zodiac Otter Description:

The Primal Zodiac Platypus Description:

The Primal Zodiac Koala Description:

The Primal Zodiac Kangaroo Description:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Illustration Friday: Survival

So... been really busy and bad about blogging, but, busy is good!  I really miss blogging and have to manage my time better.  Boo.

Anyway, I will update later with more details on art things, but for now, here's my entry for the I.F. theme of "Survival:"

To survive, one must eat.  To survive happily (at least if you are me), chocolate is involved.  And for raccoons (who I've had some dealings with, as I may have alluded to), a key component of their survival is not just eating, but, gorging.

At least the ones in the suburbs like sugar, so, you could easily see a raccoon surviving on a diet like the one in the "Rac-cookie'' illustration above.  He's from a pattern I created.  But for this theme, I decided to isolate him as a single illo.

Running to work now, so I shall leave off with some links:

Here's my updated site, with a few patterns (including the pattern version of the dude above!):

And here's the link to submit to Illustration Friday:

Thanks for reading!