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.
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.
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.
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!
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
After months and months of hard work and revisions, I’m happy to announce that Adult Babysitting: Volume II is now at the printer! May the world rejoice.
Above is the illustration I used for the back cover. Don’t you wish all bottles grinned at you?
As always, be sure to check out www.adultbabysittingcomic.com for the latest updates, new drawings, and doodles in progress.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that some pretty awesome stuff has been going on lately. Not only did the holidays bring family and friends, and lovely little trinkets like eyeball rings, but December also brought with it a Seattle adventure and big changes to my home studio.
Just before Christmas we made the short trip from PDX to Seattle to partake in a sold out show by Louis CK. Was Louis CK good? YES, YES HE WAS.
I’d been in dire need of a computer upgrade when I finally bit the bullet and put in my order the newest, biggest, fanciest iMac yet. It just delivered this week, and OH MYYYYYYYY is it magical! It took a little while to get all my “old-timey” devices to work on the newest OS (these macs don’t even have disc drives anymore), but son, it’s worth every penny.
It’s hard to believe how much work was output from my durable little laptop, but I was really pushing it to its limits – files dragged, the motor constantly heaved, and that little rainbow ball of death would spin for eternity as it struggled to save my huge files.
No more – I shall wrap up the final files for Adult Babysitting: Volume II in style, soon to be at the printer. AW YEAH
And throughout it all, always drawing. Lettering has been so satisfying with my fancy new brush pen, I just can’t stop experimenting in my sketchbook.
Stay tuned for more comics updates – there’s plenty to come in January!
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
Through all the projects I’ve been working on (official or self-created), I’ve still managed to spend a portion of time drawing in my sketchbook. Once a reluctant sketchbook doodler, I now often find myself unable to resist the urge to draw. This usually happens at, oh I don’t know, 1 AM on the couch when I should be sleeping, ignoring whatever I’ve got on Netflix.
Over the last couple years I’ve filled almost four sketchbooks. Four!! That may not seem a lot to your usual sketchbook junkie, but for me that’s astronomical. Previously, I half-heartedly filled maybe OH I don’t know, one or two over ten years. I was a lazy artist.
The thing is, even though I’ve become more busy in my creative career than ever, I’m drawing more than I ever have too. Sketchbooks are an integral part of the creative process, and I can’t imagine not using one now. A great deal of my finished works started as little scribbles in my sketchbook. That’s right, little ugly, small scribbles.
Lately I’ve been fooling around with hand-lettering. Or maybe I’ve been foolishly hand-lettering? Like maybe I should put the pen down? I’ve seen some hand-lettering by wizards that are so good I shudder; I think for now I’ll enjoy wallowing around in my Apprentice Level.
While watching the super creepy tv series American Horror Story, I discovered this beautiful font used for all the title sequences. This typeface is based on the handwriting and lettering of early 20th century artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and it is art deco perfection. Swoon! Swooning all over the place.
I bet a certain somebody (self) will be using a similar font for a certain future project (wedding invites!).
Posted in Hand-Lettering, Ink, Sketchbook
Tagged Animal Battle, Audrey Hepburn, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Hand-lettered, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Portrait, Sketchbook, Typography