Opening night for Animal Battle started with steady flow of familiar faces as friends came in to visit; it was a great start to a really great night. As night slowly descended the crowd thickened with kids and adults alike, PNCA students, fellow artists, and the usual First Thursday folks.
I’m grateful for all the people that came in to the gallery, and especially for the overwhelming amount of kind words I heard throughout the night. I think my favorite moment was when a little boy made his mother buy him two animal prints (not just one!). He was going to hang them in his room so they could “watch over him”.
And a big thanks to all my fellow members of Pony Club who helped me pull this together, and to New Belgium Brewing for providing the delicious libations.
The show is hanging through the end of May; if you’re in Portland come check out the work Tues – Sun, 1:30 – 6:00 pm, to see them up close and personal! Prints are still in my shop, too.
As for Animal Battle, this is not the end. Hold on to those wooden swords – there is still plenty more to come.
As part of my Animal Battle show I’ve been making a whole bunch of Battle Flags. Each flag is handmade from linen I bought from the fabric store, cut into triangles, dip-dyed, and painted on with inks. I wanted them to be very simple and raw, so I didn’t make any efforts to snip all the loose threads or sew or use any finishing techniques.
To me, there is so much more life to these drawings that can exist off the page, and the flags are the first element to do so. I’ll be hanging strings of flags across the gallery and on the walls as part of the exhibit. They’ve been almost as much fun to make as the drawings themselves.
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.
What sound does a Wolf Medic make?
Work for Animal Battle is comin’ along. Next up: the opposing army!
The first work for my solo show, Animal Battle, is finally done! Phew. That took a minute.
Entitled Hearts & Stars, this piece features creatures of a special army, geared up and ready to go face-to-fuzzy-animal-face in a battle that will surely delight you. Don’t worry, little ones – there will be no bloodshed here.
Stick around to see what all the fighting is for.
Animal Battle will be opening Thursday, May 2nd at the Pony Club Gallery.
I’ve been slowly building an army, soldier by soldier. Here’s the work in progress of my first piece, “Hearts + Stars”, for my upcoming solo show.
I’ve been updating my progress with each little trooper on Instagram. Here’s what the piece looks like at this very moment (nearly done!):
My favorite part, outside of picking all the colors, is painting all the teeny tiny brushstrokes that make up the fur. It’s SUPER time-consuming, but equally fun. Or I’m just some lunatic that actually enjoys painting ridiculously small lines with a two-haired brush.
With less than two months to finish all the work, it’s safe to say that I should probably turn into a hermit. TO ALL MY FRIENDS: it’s not that I don’t like you, I promise, I just can’t hang right now.
After a quick sojourn to the woods this weekend, I’ll be falling off the face of the planet. Check back here for more fuzzy animals.
I’ll be hosting my first solo show this year in May, which means I’m going to relentlessly barrage you with pictures of works in progress. For the next two months, you’ll be seeing plenty of bunnies, raccoons, foxes, owls – a whole menagerie of animal troops!
The idea for Animal Battle first came about while I sat at my table during Stumptown Comics Fest last year. The first drawings were a tiiiiiiiiiny bit more violent, but in the year or so since the idea was first born, the concept of Animal Battle has matured into something different altogether.
I’ve been drawing in my sketchbook and developing ideas for some time now, and the concept of Animal Battle has grown to embody things I’m very passionate about: self-empowerment, following your dreams, and the magical power of imagination.
In my mind’s eye, the battlefield will be charged by two Armies: Hearts + Stars and Hands + Eyes. I’m very excited to finally develop these ideas on paper, and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing the progress.
In addition to my drawings, I’m also making dip-dyed battle flags! This part has been super fun and I can’t wait to share the final results.
Animal Battle will be opening May 2nd at Pony Club Gallery. Stick around here for more drawings, or follow me on Instagram (@leetlewolf) or on Facebook for the latest works in progress.
To celebrate their second anniversary, Gigantic Gallery is hosting a Carte De Visite show this Thursday, March 7th.
Used as a photographer’s calling cards in the mid 19th century, Carte De Visites were traditionally small photographs mounted on thicker paper, and became popular trading cards. These days, you’ll usually find Carte De Visites in junk shops in file cabinets labeled “Instant Relatives”.
For my own Carte De Visites, I revisited an old favorite smudgy medium, graphite on paper. I also paid a little homage to a couple of creep-tastic artists, Edward Gorey and Stephen Gammell.
These three new pieces will be up at the Gigantic’s opening this first Thursday, along with a ton of small works by these artists:
And while you’re galavanting about for first Thursday, stop by the Pony Club Gallery, where fellow member Keith Carter is hosting his solo show and doing some live-painting!
This coming Spring I’ll be hosting my first solo show in quite a while. I’ve been brewing a few ideas for about a year now, all surrounding the theme of Animal Battle.
In addition to lettering experimentation, I’ve been developing various animal soldiers in my sketchbook. Initial sketches were quite violent, but I’m going to stray away from the bloodshed, as that’s not what this is really about. Instead, my comrades will be armed with weapons of wood and indulge in frivolous costume. Think Richard Scarry meets Lord of the Rings.
Last night I made friends with a fox, who can be both sneaky and genteel.
I played around with some quick digital color too:
Look for more colorful creatures in the coming months; my solo show will be opening at Pony Club Gallery in May!
Posted in Animal, Gallery Show, Illustration, Ink, Process
Tagged Animal Battle, digital, Fox, Hand-lettered, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt