Today, Wednesday August 8th, will go down in my art history as a Very Special Day, for I have an illustration printed in The Globe & Mail. If you pick up a copy, go to the Life section & flip it over to find Facts & Arguments, there my birds will be!
It was a thrill working on my first professional illustration, and I couldn’t be happier with how well it printed and how awesome it looks.
The illustration should also eventually be online here (it’s not up yet, but if you miss the paper copy, it’ll be there soon).
Reblawgging party, just in case you folk aren’t following my proper art blog yet. Also, guys…I AM A PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATOR, WHOAH.
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I present to you The Regretful Lepidopterist, a new illustration meant to both feed my current butterfly obsession (stay tuned for an equally butterfly-fueled digitally-drawn poster job, to be shown here after it debuts in the magazine for which it was intended) AND let me try out my newish human-drawing technique in a more elaborate setting than my sketchbook.
I’m working on a couple other similar unusual characters (a young taxidermist and a pigeon-fancier) and hope to post them soon(ish).
For the first time in a long time, I had a chance to just ramble-art (a.k.a. drawing/painting things in a sketchbook with no requirement for it to be a final/’good’ piece) and it was surprisingly productive. As mentioned in one of my last posts, I’m working on stylizing my human beings somewhat, and painting the existing sketch-practice-people made me a bit more confident about their current direction.
The only issue is the flimsiness of Moleskine paper - was the stuff in the blank book always this thin? Even 2H pencil shows right through, which seems a bit ridiculous.
On Wednesday, I went to see Wes Anderson’s latest film, Moonrise Kingdom (and, as per usual with that fellow’s films, fell in love with it and wanted to watch it on loop so I could live inside the beautiful world Anderson has created).
Then last night after the rain, the evening light bathed the city in a glorious golden light, making the whole world look like one of Anderson’s impeccably art-directed creations. These pictures have been enhanced with Instagram filters, but they’re not that far off from how the light made things look.
This experience only confirms the fact that, if some weird wormhole situation happened and there was a possibility of leaping feetfirst into a Wes Anderson movie, I probably would.
T-Rexes were born in wee little eggs, and they came out all tiny and adorable. I know, I know: paleontologists have been saying this for years, but we never believed them because they couldn’t produce tiny adorable plushies to prove it. UNTIL NOW.
Micro T-Rex is three inches of soft and fuzzy adorable, and comes with that removable plastic keychain clip you see pictured, so he’s ready to hang out wherever you go! He is Down for Hangouts!
I would type more but he’s TOO CUTE, look at his little arms, i’m DYING
This is a great idea! EVERYONE who reblogs this gets one entry, and tomorrow I will choose one reblog at random and send them one! REBLOG AWAY AND T-REX MIGHT COME LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE / HANG OFF YOUR FINGERS AND KEYS