Many moons have passed since I last posted, and all of them were spent bringing Juniper to life.
Juniper is a lady Striped Hyena, and she was created from one of my Animal Battle paintings:
I managed to photograph a little bit of her long journey:
In case you’re wondering – yeah, that part took forever.
Her grass skirt. Above, the first failed attempt. Below, the successful garment. Each took much too long, but was worth the effort.
And that’s all I’ll be showing to you guys, for now. Full works will be revealed this August at Hellion Gallery, a show I’m very excited about.
Thank you for reading along and all your lovely comments, I’m happy you enjoy looking at the sculptures as much as I love making them.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to work!
The Enemy // Badger
A special sale is still happening in my shop, with a handful of original Animal Battle paintings up for grabs! Save 15% with code BATTLECRY. Sale ends this Monday, 11/25. These beasts are looking for a new home – will it be yours?
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This feisty lady warrior of the Eyes + Hands army is now listed in my shop. Save 15% on original paintings with code BATTLECRY.
Sale ends 11/28!
The Neverending Story is one of my all-time favorite movies. I watched the film a dozen times when I was a kid and again more recently, and was pleasantly surprised to see it hold up so well in 2013.
And now, my favorite gallery in the world, Pony Club, of which I am a member (not biased at all guys), will be hosting our first group show in months. Nostalgia will feature new and desaturated works by rad artists this Thursday, October 3rd! Falcor will be in attendance, and I hear my co-member Keith Carter will be showing a Secret of Nimh piece.
If you’re in Portland, how could you not? Usher in the Fall season the right way. See you kids there!
Hello Blog Land.
During my journeys through Animal Battle, I pick up different species and add them to my list of Creatures I Need To Draw. I’m developing quite the menagerie.
Some battle roles for these beasts take some time to materialize, or I must deliberate on whether they will be a Good Guy or Bad Guy. Or both. (Evil can be cute, too). Other times, their place in the army is immediately apparent. Such was the case with the tiny Pink Armadillo.
With her enormous pink claws, this little creature can burrow underground in a heartbeat and swim through dirt like water. Naturally, she was a perfect candidate for a Tunnel Scout.
This original illustration is a new offering in my shop. Occasionally I’ll be listing tiny affordable art; if you’re looking for an Animal of your own that’s easy on the wallet, these little fellas are for you.
Posted in Animal, Animal Battle, Illustration
Tagged Animal Battle, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Miniature, Original, Pink Armadillo, Pink Armadillo, watercolor
Soldier of The Enemy
12 x 16″
Last week, I began the search for The Enemy in my sketchbook. In Animal Battle, The Enemy represents Fear and Doubt. I let my pencil and brush search out the details that would personify those negative feelings: the black smoke of doubt that clouds your mind, the heart-jolting strike of fear. From these sketches the first soldier of The Enemy was born.
On a lighter note, this fella is based on the tenacious Honey Badger (because Honey Badger don’t care.)
Posted in Animal, Animal Battle, Process, Sketchbook
Tagged Animal Battle, gouache, Honey Badger, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, The Enemy, watercolor
Hola. Here are pictures of my sketchbook, showing some quick drawings I did of another Animal Battle piece, Koala. This sketchbook is a big’n (I use 11 x 14″ books), and it has become such an integral part of my process that I can’t imagine not using it.
As you can see, I didn’t stray too much from the original sketch:
I’m in the final stretch before the show opens next week, and not as if you needed a reminder, BUT:
Also, THIS weekend is the Stumptown Comics Fest! I’m super excited because this year I’ll be exhibiting with my pals from the Pony Club Gallery. I’ll be signing and selling copies of my comic, Adult Babysitting, all weekend! Here’s where to find me:
In addition to my comics, as part of the Pony Club I’ll be releasing a special PRE-SALE of signed Animal Battle prints! Yip yip!
I’ll only have a few prints of each, so come visit me this weekend at Booth Q5 to get your paws on one, indulge in some animal goodness, and lavish yourself with boozy comics.
CHEERS / TALLY HO
Posted in Adult Babysitting, Animal, Animal Battle, Comic, Pony Club Gallery, Sketchbook
Tagged Adult Babysitting, Animal Battle, Comics, Koala, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, STCF
I heard that soft moss, blades of grass, and tiny mushrooms make for very durable battle gear. And I can think of nothing more intimidating than a bolo tie bearing a little black scorpion. This raccoon is tough. I’d watch out for him.
More – ever more! – work for Animal Battle. At the risk of sounding like a broken record: May 2nd. Pony Club Gallery. Portland. Allllll this stuff will be hanging on a wall.
And ya know what else?
Affordable, beautiful prints. Soon to be in my shop.
Here is the official event on Facebook. Hope to see you there, friends!
In this second large drawing for Animal Battle, these soldiers suit up in the colors pink and green for their army, Eyes + Hands.
And for the first time ever, I’ve captured my process in a time-lapse video! It’s pretty nuts watching hours and hours of work reduced to just a few minutes.
Watch this drawing come to life:
And here is the official flyer for my show!
I’m super excited for this opening! I’m also super excited to finish this work. So…..back to the drawing board.
Sargeant Owl carries the flag for the Eyes + Hands Army. He’s quite dapper, ain’t he?
This show, Animal Battle, opens in a month! I’ve been working relentlessly, usually seven days a week, but I’ve been enjoying myself immensely. I’m looking forward to hanging all these works together on a wall.