Fresh from the Drawing Board
I figured it was time to check in with a few new pieces of art.
As 2016 winds down, I've seen a lot of people declaring it to be one of the worst years in a long time. I have to agree that it certainly hasn't been 100% pleasant.
About what you would expect from a year that took David Bowie from us, huh?
Because there has just been so much fugliness thrown at us this year, I am doubling up on my efforts to combat the blahs with some random pretties. And by pretty, I mean art. Of course.
Never underestimate the power of beautiful photo, a stunning painting, or just a fun doodle that makes you smile.
Hopefully, these will brighten your mood today, too. Here is what I've been working on the last 3 weeks:
Coloring in My Inktober Sharks
I'm slowly getting some of my Inktober artwork colored. I'm a "move forward" kind of person, so I'm more enthused about creating new art than coloring in older drawings. Still, this one is fun with or without color.
I've started adding it a few products on Zazzle. I'm still very much a newbie at Zazzle, and am doing way more effing up than succeeding, but I'm determined to like the site simply because it has so much cool junk!
You can see the Marco Polo Sharks on a few items here.
This Little Fat Cat
Don't ask me why, but I just felt that the world needed more yellow and purple cats. I'm not sure it is possible to be sad or angry while looking at a yellow and purple cat.
Unless you don't like cats. In which case, I point you back to the sharks.
This Super Cheerful Sunset and Ocean Drawing
With the "blah-ness" of winter coming on, and the ever-present stream of ugly news online (and off), I decided to go bold for a few weeks. I'm working on a series of brighter pieces with simple forms, less texture, and more in-your-face-cheer.
These also seem to be easier to work with on POD sites, since the files will pretty much fit a variety of product shapes without having to crop out anything important.
I have this one on Redbubble, Zazzle, and Fine Art America at the moment.
This Little Grumpy Thanksgiving Turkey
Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a turkey joke or cartoon. I think Tom's expression pretty much sums up how he feels about all the turkey feasting about to go down.
This one was fun, just because I had never tried to draw a turkey before. While I was looking for a reference photo, I found this drawing of a turkey, and wow.
I'll probably never attempt to draw another turkey, because once you've seen a drawing that realistic...
Even so, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of turkey art out there, so if you are good at that sort of thing, you should consider taking over the niche. If there is such a thing as a turkey art niche?
This Polar BEar Drawing
Another "bright" piece. There is some polar bear fascination going on among the girls lately, so I thought I would give it a shot.
Originally, it was a side-view of the polar bear, but a certain un-named, two year old perpetrator made a mark on the drawing and I had to work around it.
After I was done, I called in the critics, and after much scrutiny, they declared that it wasn't nearly as cool as the Coca-Cola bears and told me to keep practicing.
So there you have it. 30 years of artistic confidence dashed by upstart polar bear experts.
For those of you who think he IS cooler than the Coca-Cola bears, he is available here and here.
And a Gumball machine
Because it is so hard to be mad at the world when the world has gumball machines. A sweet reminder of simple childhood pleasures.
That's What's New Folks!
I am truly thankful for Sharpie markers!
(And for anyone who visits and reads this blog!)