October 2022 Calendar — danse macabre (ish)

Dancing skeletons on blue background among scattered blue-purple flowers

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For this October, here are some dancing skeletons! What more can I say, except that any incorrect choreography is because the skeletons learned their moves from the movies.

Dancing skeletons on hot pink background among scattered blue-purple flowers

Here are the early sketches — first roughly working out the movements, then filling in the bone structure (and referring to previous skeletal designs, so I could be inaccurate in the same ways).

And the design is up — in blue and pink — on Redbubble as prints, scarves, bags, cases, etc (along with other Halloween designs).

Below (for personal use) are the printable versions — one pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself.

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September Calendar: Faces in the leaves

Design of faces peering through leaves

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Still on the enchanted forest theme, September is brought to you by the feeling of being watched among the trees.

Other influences included: hunting for green-man roof bosses in Devon, and admiring Iris Compiet’s astonishing sculptures, browsing Oakapple Designs‘ replicas of cathedral carvings, attending the Once and Future Fantasies festival in Glasgow, and drawing acanthus leaves (these aren’t acanthus leaves anymore, but Bearbell’s workshop got me thinking about scrolling longer leaves, and generally drawing too many of them).

Here’s a first test of the idea, using a fine brush pen (the final image was loosely inked with an actual brush). I still like the clusters of berries, the hints of woodgrain, and the little fox-ish face, although it isn’t in quite the right style. I’d like to approach this design again, with these additional elements. And I can think of some other takes that would be fun.

hand holding early, very detailed, version of design of faces among leaves, including a fox-ish face

Then sketches and layout and making sure it would plausibly repeat. However, I quite like these yellow and black sketches — they remind me of the covers of 1970s Shakespeare paperbacks. They make me want to write a little nonfiction text on characterisation in fairy tales, or something.

Sketches for faces and leaves — yellow picking out the faces

I have begun the repeating design, but it isn’t quite finished yet, due to me becoming abruptly and vilely ill earlier this week. I’ve put up the single image as prints/cards/shirts on Redbubble, and will update this post when the all-over design is available. In the meantime, many other designs can be found as prints, cases, fabric etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower.

Below (for personal use) are the printable versions — one pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself.

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September 2022 calendar with design of faces peering through leaves
September 2022 calendar with design of faces peering through leaves

August calendar: Enchanted forest

Green trees with jewelled leaves on dark background

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Here, for August, is an enchanted forest, its branches ringing with improbable leaves.

I will be putting it up as a repeating pattern very soon (and last month’s Hind Girls are now up on Redbubble), so stay tuned. UPDATE: This design is now available as prints, cases, scarves etc on Redbubble in a few colours: Malachite (the green one above); Daylight (the oatmeal colour below); Folk Art (no lines); The Night Forest (bare branches)

White trees with jewelled leaves on oatmeal background

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August 2022 calendar: Green trees with jewelled leaves on dark background
August 2022 calendar: White trees with jewelled leaves on oatmeal background
Line art August calendar - trees with jewelled leaves

July 2022 calendar — Hind Girls

Girls with antlers, flowers and knives frolic on a green ground

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Here is the sequel to the June calendar — antlered hind girls, who appear from time to time in the world of Angela Slatter’s enchanting Sourdough books (these include the collections Sourdough, The Bitterwood Bible, The Tallow-Wife, and the novels All the Murmuring Bones and The Path of Thorns). The hind girls are perhaps not quite as gentle as June’s wolf boys.

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Girls with antlers, flowers and knives frolic on a green ground
Girls with antlers, flowers and knives frolic on a green ground
Line art: Girls with antlers, flowers and knives frolic

June 2022 Calendar — wolf boys

Yellow background, with grey-toned images of boys wearing wolf-skin cloaks (and possibly turning into wolves) playing

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Here is the June calendar! It’s the first of two calendar pages I’m working on with a lighthearted allusion to some of Angela Slatter’s characters. June is wolf boys, for her novel The Path of Thorns, which will be launched next month.  These are perhaps slightly gentler souls than the ones in her novels, but I’ll offset that with the other piece of art.

Photo of hand holding The Path of Thorns book with purple foil lettering
Cover design by Julia Lloyd

The Brisbane launch will be on 17 June — it is free to attend, but you will need to book online here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/meet-angela-slatter-brisbane-square-library-tickets-342553305157

Angela Slatter's The Path of Thorns is beautiful and vicious. Although it is a ruthless, Gothic tale, bright and bitter as poison, cold as a crypt, its chinks are stopped against the bleakest wind with deft, jewel-toned tales, and at its bruised heart, it is as loving and warm as a wolf curled around her cubs.

Here’s a bit of the process behind this calendar art — first rough sketches and then tidier pencils on the iPad, inks with a dip pen and ink. I chose the yellow and grey colour scheme because of a nice 18thc-style pattern in these colours that I managed to find on a doona cover a few years ago. It’s faded now but I found it striking. (It had a design of birds in nests, not wolf boys).

Rough sketch, pencils, inks of the calendar art line work

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June 2022 calendar. ç
Line-art of June 2022 calendar, with images of boys wearing wolf-skin cloaks (and possibly turning into wolves) playing

May 2022 Calendar — small treasures

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Here, for May, is a calendar of small fairy-tale treasures, variously defined.

Pattern of leaves and small treasures. Pink background.

Here’s a glimpse of the sketch I used as a base. It’s drawn on an iPad in Procreate, which is proving very useful for adjusting sketches, moving components, and checking that repeats will work.

Photo of sketch of curled cat on iPad screen

This is what it looked like when I was checking that it will join up as a pattern, in due course.

Rough sketch of repeating pattern with motifs roughly coloured

Then I printed the sketch and inked it, as usual, with a dip pen, while listening to the Disaster Girls podcast.

Photo of hand with dip pen inking branches

I do want to work it up as a repeating pattern, but I need to jostle a few leaves around and time has been slightly compressed by events. I’ll update this post when I get the repeating design up — in the meantime, there are many other calendar designs available as prints, scarves, cases etc on Redbubble: tanaudel.redbubble.com.

Snippet of calendar art with black and white images (toy horse, ring, key) on deep rose background
An alternative colourway, for patrons

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Printable calendar page. May 2022 calendar on left. Pattern of leaves and small treasures on right. Pink background.

April 2022 Calendar — birds and flowers

Pattern of blue birds among orange daisies

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The April calendar is here! It’s a slightly retro pattern of birds and daisy-adjacent flowers (and bees, of course). A relatively simple design this time, as I was recovering from a (delightful) weekend at Oz Comic-Con — the sketches from that are here: Oz Comic-Con sketches.

This design and two other colourways are also up on Redbubble on notebooks, clothes, throws, prints, etc. Links to those:

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March 2022 calendar — hares

Pattern of hares among wheat, poppies and cornflowers, on a blue background

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Hares for March! Delayed by and drawn during the floods, just before power went out. I’m at my parents and we have power again — both their place and mine are above water but lots of other people aren’t — thousands of houses have been flooded. Here are some ways to contribute to disaster relief efforts: https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/emergencies-services/help-disaster

The base lines are a pen and ink drawing, and my test sketches were in pencil, but I did the final sketch on the iPad — it makes repositioning components easier, and prints cleanly to be used as a guide for inking.

This design and two other colourways are also up on Redbubble on notebooks, clothes, throws, prints, etc. And until Tuesday (tomorrow!) Redbubble is offering 20% off everything with code 20FLASH20. Links to those:

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March 2022 calendar. Pattern of hares among wheat, poppies and cornflowers, on a blue background
March 2022 calendar. Pattern of hares among wheat, poppies and cornflowers — line drawings

February 2022 calendar — banners

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Welcome to the edge of February!

For this calendar, I wanted to play with some patterns of ribbons and scrolls, to build up a vocabulary of flags to use as labels on maps (and for titles, etc). There’s also a sash for the Brave Little Tailor in there.

Technical details: I drew the line art with a dip pen and ink. I tidied the lines in Inkscape, and did flat colours, textures, and final adjustments in Photoshop. But I used Procreate on the iPad for the initial sketch, and to refine the shading.

And here (for personal use) are the printable versions — two pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself. If you like them and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month!) or by buying me a coffee or two through Ko-Fihttps://ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Both are greatly appreciated!

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January 2022 Calendar — tiny forests

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Here is a little world to meander through, for the first month of the new year. If you want, you could add in new details and denizens, paths, boundaries, labels…

Here are the sketches (right), and the inks in progress on the light box (left). I’d printed up a 1cm grid template for a previous calendar, so I used that to keep things roughly spaced, but drew the rest free-hand.

The trees are an amalgam of observation, my own habits, and riffs on references and approaches in various other maps, tree books, etc. Most of those are cited in this map workshop post, but some inspiration was drawn from the Ladybird Book of Trees mentioned here.

The illustration is available as a print from InPrnt and Redbubble and is also on a few other items — I’ll add others once I make it into a repeating pattern.

And here (for personal use) are the printable versions — two pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself. If you like them and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month!) or by buying me a coffee or two through Ko-Fihttps://ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Both are greatly appreciated!

(You can see all the 2021 art in one post here: All the 2021 Calendar Pages.)