Thanks to the good word of fellow AZ ex-pat and motolady, Cindy over at Fashion Serial Killer, I had the pleasure of working on this fun poster promoting the first Women’s Ride with See See Motorcycles.
Paintin’ this number was almost as fun as riding a motorbike (but not quite). Speaking of, can it be summer now?
This particular beast is a Striped Hyena.
One of the aspects I’m taking advantage of with this series is the opportunity to discover unfamiliar species.
Like most folks I was familiar with the hyena, but I’d never seen a striped hyena. One of their most striking features is their mane, which sticks up like a crazy mohawk when excited.
With less than 10,000, this animal is considered “near threatened” to extinction.
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.
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.
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
I just finished a full new strip for Adult Babysitting: Volume II, featuring one of my favorite log book entries by my coworker. In it, a hapless drunkie gets hosed down with water from the soda gun after she pinwheeled her way behind the bar (always a big Nuh-Uh). Poor thing.
I inked this two page spread on my self-made template I created just for Adult Babysitting, then scanned it into Photoshop for some clean up and added tones. Wanna see the full comic? Check it out over on www.adultbabysittingcomic.com!
And have a wonderful holiday, y’all. May your feast be plentiful and your house full of family or friends.
Posted in Adult Babysitting, Bartending, Digital, Illustration, Ink, Process
Tagged Adult Babysitting, Bartending, Comics, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Portland, Volume II