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.
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.
What sound does a Wolf Medic make?
Work for Animal Battle is comin’ along. Next up: the opposing army!
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.
Last Thursday was the re-opening of Pony Club Gallery, after a month of reorganizing and cleaning. The gallery looked stupendous, featured a new mural painted by our six members, and we also debuted our new show, “Portraits”!
The concept was simple: artists were paired up and tasked to paint or draw each other. Some of us were couples, some friends, and some acquaintances. The results were lovely, and our show featured some of the best artists in town! Props to member Jennifer Parks for curating such a great show.
I was delighted to be teamed up with my pal Brooke Weeber. Before the show we refused to look at each other’s pieces – and we were pretty surprised by the results!
Ok, ok – so I skipped about 1,000 steps there (sometimes it’s hard to remember to document the whole process), but what started out as a little doodle in my sketchbook turned into full-fledged Lady Warrior goodness.
What’s even better is that even though we didn’t see each other’s pieces until the opening, this happened:
WE’RE BOTH WEARING SNAKE NECKTIES!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!
Be sure to check out the rest of the lovely portraits over at Pony Club’s facebook page, and then head on over to the Pony Club website. We’ve got a new artist interview blog feature, and this month we’re featuring couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Hand-lettering! Maybe not blowing it?
Feast your peepers on my newest piece for:
The End is a new group show opening at the Pony Club Gallery on Thursday, December 6th. If you’re in the Portland area, stop by the gallery and check out great work by lots of local artists and illustrators. BEFORE THE WORLD ENDS.
For first Thursday the Compound Gallery is also showcasing The End of the World, so if you’ve been craving an unhealthy dose of apocalyptic artwork, this is your special night. You lucky dog.
Posted in Gallery Show, Hand-Lettering, Illustration, Ink, Pony Club Gallery
Tagged Apocolypse, End of the World, Hand-lettered, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Pony Club Gallery
November is an exciting month. It marks the beginning of my new membership with a rad Portland gallery, the Pony Club. I’ve been a long-time admirer of the gallery ever since I first stepped foot in 2007, and now I’m joining ranks with some very talented local artists. My fellow members include:
As a member of the collective, I’ll be regularly contributing new works to each monthly show, as well hosting my own solo show and a curated group show.
The Pony Club Gallery is a friend to local artists and a big supporter of the comics community. I’m very happy to be welcomed into this little family.
That being said, I just finished up a new piece for the HAUNTED show, which opens next Thursday!
Here is a rough draft with an edgy old-timey Instagram filter. Fancy.
“Float” addresses my fear of drowning. I dunno about you, but the idea of drowning gives me anxiety. I may have been haunted by one or two nightmares about it. At least this little lady got to do it in style, with a billowy cloak emblazoned with a giant eyeball.
See you wolvies next Thursday!