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.
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.
Last week’s opening for Animal Battle was fantastic, and I took a much needed break from the studio. I have lots of photos to share from the event, but for now I wanted to share a special announcement.
Beautiful Animal Battle prints are now available in my shop! And for TODAY only, the first five print orders receive a FREE signed promotional Animal Battle poster! Woo hooooo! Shop those prints here and check out the show in its entirety on my portfolio site.
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.
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!
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 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!