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 was interviewed for this week’s Artist Profile in the Portland Mercury! In it I talk about comics, bartending, and making art. Check out the interview here.
Plus, all Adult Babysitting merch is still on sale in my Etsy shop! If you like laughing, I suggest you pick up a copy of the comic.
Thanks to the Portland Mercury for the feature!
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!
NOW IN MY SHOP: Adult Babysitting Volume II!
Have you ever waited tables? Shlepped drinks on a tray? Stood behind a busy bar for 7 hours while needing to pee the whole time as you mix and muddle hundreds of cocktails? Dealt with the drunken public? Read horrible Yelp reviews about yourself by that asshole you kicked out of the bar once? Cleaned up someone else’s puke out of a sink?
Yeah, I get you. I’ve done it too. This comic series is meant for you.
With hilarious true stories and shocking behavior by grown-ups who should know better, find some solace in these small volumes. Sip a whiskey while you’re at it.
And for those of you who have never spent time working in the service industry, do yourself a favor: get educated.
In my imaginary camping trips, I know how to play a red acoustic guitar. And when I gather around the campfire, I’m joined by my BFF’s Fox, Banjo Bear, Raccoon (he plays a real mean flute), and my lil’ bro Drummer Boy.
I wasn’t fond of the first sketch I did, so I started over and revised a bit. Finished in watercolor, inks, and pastel. I like to think they’re playing something spooky, like this, or perhaps this. (Just kidding on that second one) (You’re welcome)
What started as a quick brush pen drawing in my sketchbook later grew into this full color drawing. Beehives, cat eyes, and forever smoking. I think I’ve watched a few too many French films in the last couple days.
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.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, GRIDLords is releasing its first ever comic anthology, entitled I’m Not Afraid to Love.
The Anthology will be in black and white, but for my contribution, I couldn’t resist the urge to fill the white space with fluffy pastel colors of the Rococo period.
Enjoy your day of swooning!