I was waiting to post her so I could launch her along with the very new Rots online shop! I’ve been working hard putting the shop together—and it will officially launch tomorrow—but here’s a sneak peak.
The Rots are still available on Zazzle stuff, but I wanted to have a place to sell the stuff I had made by hand: hand-bound sketchbooks, necklaces and prints (so far). I still have things that I haven’t had a chance to include in the shop yet (bookmarks, cards, pins), and I’ll post them in between working on the new Rots that I’ll be painting and drawing.
And speaking of Zazzle and Lucie, here are the things she’s available on over there.
The third edition of Illustration Ale was released last Thursday (Dec. 5) at the Toonseum in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh. Six local artists were invited to illustrate and design their own version of a label for the series.
Artists include (left to right; top to bottom):
The ale itself is a 1,600 bottle limited edition, Belgian-style ale with a rich, dark malt character, brewed by Pittsburgh’s own East End Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the brew benefit the Toonseum.
|Artists take a selfie|
|My brew and me|
|Original Square Kat painting: April Fool|
Yeah, it’s from last year. Better late than never.
This is Patrick. He is part of my Sketchbook Project Special Edition sketchbook. I also painted him on wood for your amusement.
As you may (or may not) have noticed, I’ve failed to post the finished version of my April Fool Square Kat, and there’s a perfectly good reason for that.
While I was in the middle of painting the little tyke, I stopped to check my email and found I had gotten one from a representative of the Toonseum in Pittsburgh. He told me about this thing they’ve been doing for a couple of years now in conjunction with East End Brewing, also in Pittsburgh. The brewery creates a limited edition beer (Belgian-style, dark ale) called Illustration Ale, and they ask six illustrators to create the labels to make a “six-pack.” Then—and here’s the best part—he asked me to be one of the illustrators for this year’s batch!
Pretty cool, I thought.
And then I thought, oh crap. Now I have to come up with an idea.
Right about then I went back to painting, and as I thought about what I could come up with, the little guy on the board in front of me showed me how cool he would look with a stein in his little paw.
I’m obligated to hold out on posting the complete final painting until after the unveiling (which should be within a couple of weeks; the beer’s still brewing), but here’s his little stein paw while you wait.
Will reveal the rest at a later date.
I think I’ve been slacking a little getting these things posted.
Here’s another image from my Sketchbook Project Special Edition sketchbook. It’s of Buster, who my mom used to call our “Halloween Kitty.”
According to legend, he was as evil as he looks here.
I’ve been working on a new painting (as the title implies), and it’s of a Square Kat (also, as in above). He started out as a page in my Sketchbook Project Special Edition, but I’m thinking a lot of those little guys deserve better. So this one’s getting himself a portrait done.
First off, here’s the original sketch:
And here he is on his Sketchbook Project page:
These last three photos are in-progress shots. I think the background is pretty much finished, but everything else (his fur and clothes and stick boy) is just blocked in.
My Square Kat painting for St. Patrick’s Day is finished, and here he is:
Of course his name is Patrick.
I posted a sketch for a Square Kat about a year ago, started painting the little guy and then stopped. I totally forgot to post the “in progress” picture I took from last year, so here that is first:
I started working on him again earlier this week and got sidetracked for a few days, but I was back at it again today. Here’s what I have finished so far.
I’m hoping to have him finished and ready to go for St. Patrick’s Day. I think it might happen.
Say “hello” to Nacho.
You can take a look at the digital version of Nacho on this page here.