Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Final Yearly C.T.! Favorite Pieces of 2014: One from Creative Tuesdays, One Otherwise

Hi Everyone!

So for today's C.T., I am going include two pieces: My favorite piece of the year not posted to C.T., and my favorite piece of the year posted to C.T.  I know Mister Toast said ideally the piece could be from C.T., but could also not be from C.T. if it was just a strong yearly piece, so, I've gone ahead with both.

First, here's my new piece.  Well, not new, but new for C.T.!  This is "The Sengi Shrew in Thai Elephant's Clothing," and probably my favorite little illustration of the year (he's also now on my business cards).  I did him with watercolor, and Japanese Pentel ink brush pens.


Sengis are these really cool little African Mammals.  I saw an article about them in the spring and was blown away with how interesting and cute they were.  They're Elephant Shrews, but genetically, they are actually more Elephant than Shrew, despite being teeny itty bitty.

So, I decided that I had to draw one.  I started drawing him while getting food in this L.A. Restaurant called "Leela Thai," which is amazing decorations and art featuring eleborately dressed Thai elephants.  I thought this little African Elephant Shrew would look neat in Thai Elephant's Clothing.  So, here he is hanging out in finery (maybe he went overseas to meet his larger Thailand based cousins), and also using his trunk to play with a teensy Lotus Flower.

And next, is my favorite piece that I submitted to C.T., for the theme of "I want to go...!"



I am honestly tied between this as a favorite, and the one I did last time with the "Shar-Pei Diem" pun, but this one was a ton of fun to make, and I love Australian Animals.  So, the punny "Wom-Batter Up" Wombat won.  I also was thinking about this piece as I sold the original at the Holiday Fair I did at one of the places I teach at, and it was fun to have this happy little guy go off to a home where he can inspire the little boy he was a gift for, to play ball :-)

I never get to blog as much as I'd like, but C.T. is an inspiration to blog, to make work, and to check out amazing stuff being done by other artists.  I've probably said it before, but that's one thing I really like about the Internet.  The possibility to connect and have a happy supportive community of web-friends making art, even if you are all too far to connect past the pixels of a screen.  Anyway, I'm really happy Michael/Mister Toast has been running the blog again this year, and I'm honored to get to be a part of the collective and post on the very cool themes ^_^

So, here it is as my favorite 2014 C.T. submission!  Perhaps these unusual little marsupials and other creatures I draw can all come up in a future drawing :-) I do have an idea for a future project involving all Aussie animals, but then again, it's also exciting to discover cool animals worldwide (such as the African Sengi).  Maybe I should suggest one of these ideas as a C.T. theme for everyone :-D

And now, without further ado, here are some links!

It's Tuesday of this challenge being due, and it's down to the wire, but if you are running late like me you can still submit at the link below:
http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2014/12/my-favourite-ct-piece-of-2014.html 

Here is the Creative Tuesdays overall link:
http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/

And here is my link to my website, with the patterns and fun animals section, which showcases both of the little dudes I posted about above:
http://drawdvl.com/sample-prints-and-patterns.html

Thanks for reading, and hope everybody is well!  Merry Yearly End!  (And many virtual hugs for you all)

Love,

Donna

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Dreams of December" for "Creative Tuesdays"

Hi All,

My post will be a bit un-orthodox, but I hope fun!  Or, mostly fun.

My "dreams of December" are not actually Christmas related, but more life related, in wanting to be able to be happy and enjoy things.  I finished the picture below and wanted to submit it for C.T.  Like last time, it prominently features a Shar-Pei wrinkle-pup.


I started this a while ago, and decided to make sure to get it finished for the C.T. theme.  I didn't want to rush and do a specific holiday picture and do it poorly, so I decided to pour all my energy into finishing this off-beat submission for the theme (in addition, since a lot has been going on with me I knew I'd have a chance of finishing something I started, but that starting something new was likely going to be impossible).  

In terms of something specifically December-y, I hope to print up card and print versions of this to sell at a December Holiday Fair I'm doing through work.  In terms of "Dreams of December," well, it would be a dream to wear a fun outfit, to frolick around with a magical and wrinkly dog friend, and to play while flowers rained down on you.  

More practically, this entry is a bit of a reminder to myself to try and "Seize the Day," and keep punning ("Shar-Pei Diem" instead of "Carpe Diem"), both in art and in life.  Some really stressful situations are going on in my family life right now, so I guess my "Dream  of December" (knock on wood) is for things to be better all around, and for myself and everyone I love to be able to seize the proverbial day.  That's something necessary for December, when we turn between years, and overall in life, and yet, it's so hard to do.

Anyway, although I didn't finish the below submission for C.T. specifically, I'll submit it as a Part II. to make sure I stay totally on the December/Holiday theme.  Another "December Dream" of my own, and I'm sure everyone's, is to have a Happy Holiday Season.  I'll let the silly and punny card caption and characters speak for themselves.


Incidentally, that's a wish I have for all of you great peeps over at C.T.!  To have a happy, fun, enjoyable holiday season, with perhaps some animals thrown in (of course, if you like animals, and/or kitties and owls).

And now, for some links!

The main C.T. link by Mister Toast is at:


And, here's the link to submit, and you still have a bit of time today, a day later than the usual "Creative Tuesdays" day, on Wednesday December 3rd!


I will get to looking at everyone's work tomorrow, and have not forgotten.  From the Day after Thanksgiving until Today have been rather mad/stressful/a bit of a shock, and I was out of town Back East.  I'm back in California for a Spell until later in December, and as soon as I'm fully re-settled I'll comment on peoples' work.  I've glanced around and seen some great work (a Christmas kitty, if I recall!), but I"ll look at the "December Dreams" more thoroughly tomorrow.

Best wishes, and thanks for reading my very long (even more so than usual), hopefully a bit silly, and definitely a bit somber post.  But I do truly hope your holidays ("howl"-idays, if dogs are involved?) are a "purr-fect" hoot ^_^