dogs, horses, cats, humor, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing, whimsy

That’s Mine…cat fight

pen and ink

We’ve all seen this. It’s not really a fight but more of a stand-off. The big guy walks around with a shadow of his former self on his back. See his alter ego white cat with the green eyes and reverse calico markings on his back. Just in case you didn’t guess, he’s just a gentle soul because he also has a butterfly on his head. Fun. This one will definitely appear in my small picture book series. Number 1 on friendship is complete, number 2 in process…it’s about lunch. what? yup. Just fun stuff.

animals, fantasy illustration, Pen and Ink Drawing, whimsy

Two Fish with Bubbles

These two fantasy fish are pen and ink line art drawings done the old fashioned way .,..with a crowquill pen and Higgins black drawing ink. Of course, they are mirrored images of themselves in photoshop.

I digitally colored them today as the original felt a little plain in just black and white. This is an untraditional color palette for fish in the sea but I think it’s exciting. Well, why not have some fun. The picture it will be next to is of a soft grey/blue/turquoise palette and they hopefully will work together well. Maybe my fish are a little on the whacky side? They would like that.

I originally just wanted to add some bubbles as they are supposed to be saying HI to each other and then look what happened. I think the eyeballs are better placed in the original, so I may go back and change it again. I got carried away coloring. I thought they needed eyebrows too. Ha. Here’s the original black and white. This is a page from my little picture book BFF Best Friends Forever, which I have been working on for a few weeks.

animals, fonts, greeting cards, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing, t-shirt design, whimsy

Feline Diva with orchid tattoos

This lovely kitty is very confident in herself. She is sporting huge tattoos of various orchids all over her body. In a more real world, the tattoos would be smaller and molded to her body shape. I have tattoo brushes and I want to do another version with them and it would be a fun piece to experiment with them. Since I have drawn in scratchboard for 30 years, I think the style would be like a walk down memory lane for me.
She’s different on all levels too because she is basically a blue girl. I did some remodeling on the sketch by fine tuning the edges. Since it was drawn as a pen and ink and then scanned, it needed to have the background removed so it could be a png file so it could be used printed over many different colors. I took advantage of this necessity to add a few more details since I was at it. I think it would be adorable on childrens’ clothing.
The font is a brush font and I thought it would look like a fun companion to the drawing. I did another illustration like this kitty a while ago and I want to redo it with scratchboard/tattoo brushes. I need to find her on my hard drive. Locating art on the hard drive is the hardest thing for me. I have promised to reform my ways to a better filing system. When I switched from a mac to pc, that’s when all the trouble began as that’s when I abandoned using bridge. onward. Here’s the little blue cat on teepublic.

fonts, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing, t-shirt design, whimsy

Tell me something I don’t know

I have had this sketch in my portfolio for a long time. It’s india ink on paper with a caligraphy nib. I love the immediacy of it and I have used it before on greeting cards. I bought a font a while ago called Modernissimo. I love this font but could not find a use for it until today. When I saw the sketch, I remembered the font and put them together. So much of making things is like doing puzzles. You are always trying to fit things together the best way.
I thought about adding color but I think it will work on it’s own. The elements are strong and black and white is simple and strong. Here’s the link to see it on TeePublic.

Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing, people, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work

Toulouse-Lautrec

Once upon a time in a city or state I was living in that I can’t remember, there was an exhibit of many original drawings of Toulouse-Lautrec. I had always admired his work but really never known much about his life. The exhibit was downstairs in a kind of basement setting. I remember it was very dimly lit down there to prevent light damage to the art. All the works were small and intimate. This was fascinating as most of us know he painted very large paintings and posters, depicting Paris life and the can can as we know it. This was because he was not just a painter but an illustrator and just as importantly, a caricaturist. The exhibit feature many caricatures of the everyday people in his life.

The drawings seemed to jump off the paper and hit me hard. They hit me in my head, in my stomach and I immediately loved him. I stayed for a very long time, reveling in the idea that when you die, you will not be dead. I had just met a truly great man. The idea grew in my head that If you were born to connect with the history of the world, you would leave something behind. Here in front of me was a little miracle of sorts. This tiny man with his mangled body and his ill fate somehow managed to make his whole life a statement. Tragic though it was, he somehow turned this disabilities into something wonderful people could use as an inspiration. It left a mark on history. He left a permanent mark on me. I hope he will never be forgotten .

This little drawing was actually two that I put together. I was just learning photoshop and combined the Paris background with the pen and ink. It was a lot of fun to do. I don’t know why but I ran across it in my files and it brought back memories.

It got me to wondering that if you were born with the stack of cards this man was dealt, would you do as well in history or would you be as forgotten as the tiny spec of sand on an ocean shore? Is the world the same now or is it completely different: more cruel, more hostile? Is there more hate and bigotry or is it more exposed? I think it’s the world is the same but the language of survival is different.