The Enemy // Badger
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Exploration of the Animal Battle world continues as I venture into new territory: habitats for my soldiers.
This cozy bungalow is Sergeant Ludlow “Supper” Sparrow’s off-site hideaway, nestled deep in the heart of Summertime Forest.
12 x 16″
Fozzie is the Patch Adams of the Animal Battle world. Laughter is the best medicine, even if the jokes are a little bad. Fozzie means well.
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As with all of my paintings, little mistakes are usually made along the way. You can see my adjustments for the mishaps I made while painting young Fozzie.
Fozzie joins the rest of the army over at AnimalBattleArt.com.
(click to see this gif in action)
This little Bobcat has joined the ranks at animalbattleart.com.
A special 8 x 10″ commissioned piece.
With an abundance of wild energy, a voracious appetite to destroy things, and the ability to bark simple, monosyllabic orders, Animal of the Muppets would be a perfect candidate for an Animal Battle Captain.
Animal! has joined the army over at www.animalbattleart.com and is also now available as a print from my shop.
EAT DRUM! EAT DRUM!
I sense a Fozzie Bear soldier joining the ranks soon.
Hello Blog Land.
During my journeys through Animal Battle, I pick up different species and add them to my list of Creatures I Need To Draw. I’m developing quite the menagerie.
Some battle roles for these beasts take some time to materialize, or I must deliberate on whether they will be a Good Guy or Bad Guy. Or both. (Evil can be cute, too). Other times, their place in the army is immediately apparent. Such was the case with the tiny Pink Armadillo.
With her enormous pink claws, this little creature can burrow underground in a heartbeat and swim through dirt like water. Naturally, she was a perfect candidate for a Tunnel Scout.
This original illustration is a new offering in my shop. Occasionally I’ll be listing tiny affordable art; if you’re looking for an Animal of your own that’s easy on the wallet, these little fellas are for you.
Posted in Animal, Animal Battle, Illustration
Tagged Animal Battle, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Miniature, Original, Pink Armadillo, Pink Armadillo, watercolor
The Enemy (Pronghorn)
22 x 15″
Another Beast of the Enemy (Fear). I made a couple quick ink sketches before embarking on the final work to refine my super precise splatter techniques. Kidding, of course, although I don’t know how I didn’t spray ink all over the negative spaces on accident.
I adapted this monster from a Pronghorn, which aren’t inherently evil creatures, but stick a few menacing lightening bolts and snorts that emit smoky tendrils into the picture and you’ve got a Creep on your hands.
ALSO – hey guys. I’ve started collecting all of my Animal Battle soldiers in one place. They look good hanging out together: www.animalbattleart.com.
Posted in Animal Battle, Illustration, Ink, Process, Sketchbook
Tagged Animal Battle, Fear, gouache, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Pronghorn, The Enemy, watercolor
Soldier of The Enemy
12 x 16″
Last week, I began the search for The Enemy in my sketchbook. In Animal Battle, The Enemy represents Fear and Doubt. I let my pencil and brush search out the details that would personify those negative feelings: the black smoke of doubt that clouds your mind, the heart-jolting strike of fear. From these sketches the first soldier of The Enemy was born.
On a lighter note, this fella is based on the tenacious Honey Badger (because Honey Badger don’t care.)
Posted in Animal, Animal Battle, Process, Sketchbook
Tagged Animal Battle, gouache, Honey Badger, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, The Enemy, watercolor
Giraffe Scout (of the Eyes + Hands Army)
22 X 15″
In the world of Animal Battle, there are tasks that need to be performed by different soldiers, just like in the real world. One such task is that of a land surveyor, who helps blaze new trails and maps out campsites. Giraffes are a perfect candidate, naturally, since they are one giant long neck and a head above the rest. As it happens, they’ve got a knack for cartography, too.
A Ring-Tailed Cat – also known as a Miner’s Cat – isn’t a cat at all. This species actually belongs to the raccoon family (as you can probably tell by that super fluffy stripey tail). It is also the official state mammal of my former home, Arizona.
As I slowly settle back into a routine in my studio, I’m discovering the process for these Animal Battle paintings is pretty minimal. I usually research a bunch of images to reference for each new animal, then do one quick sketch (seen above) to figure out what my beast will wear. In this case, I wanted to arm this soldier with succulents from his arid desert environment, as well as prickly pear cacti and a few barrel cactus.
I wouldn’t mess with this guy.
Posted in Animal Battle, Illustration, Process
Tagged Animal Battle, Arizona, Cacti, Desert, gouache, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Ring-Tailed Cat, watercolor