Mermaids for June! This is largely because I was doing the Mermay challenge (mostly linocuts: you can see the progression on Instagram: @tanaudel), and the only way I was going to get through the last few days AND get the calendar done was to double up (there’s… a lot on).
Rather excitingly, I inked it all with a brush, which is not my usual choice (especially for fine lines!). There are control issues, but the fluidity of it is delightful. Here’s a progress shot.
And below are the full calendar pages, pre-coloured or to colour yourself! If you enjoy the calendar and have a few dollars you’d like to support it with, then that is always very welcome! You can join the patrons who make it possible at patreon.com/tanaudel, or toss a coffee’s worth at paypal.me/tanaudel. In any case, though, I hope you have fun with these folks.
The printable May calendar page is here, brought to you with the support of my patrons (and if you’d like to toss a few coins in the hat, they are always welcome and keep the calendar happening: Patreon (ongoing); paypal.me (one-off)). And also by a few episodes of This Podcast Will Kill You.
I’m not sure yet if the bilby was a marsupial too far, but I’m quite pleased by its rocking approach to playing the lute. And I do like the idea of bats swaying in the branches, playing their ukuleles at sunset.
Anyway, this is a trifle sillier than usual, but it’s my birthday month, so why not have a snake playing a lagerphone?
The images below link to full-size .jpg files that you can print at home: pre-coloured, or to colour yourself.
The April calendar is here, in printable coloured, greenish and to-colour-yourself formats (see the end of the post). It is brought to you, as ever, with the invaluable support of my wonderful patrons over on Patreon.com/tanaudel.
This began as a series of ideas about transformation. “Snow White and Rose Red” was briefly the leading fairy tale in my mind, which is how the bears got in. But roses mean “Beauty and the Beast”, and then the hinted tales began wandering further afield.
Here’s a quick glimpse at the process. I’m playing around with these negative silhouettes at the moment.
Then scanned, arranged and coloured on the computer, and bears, everywhere.
The downloadable files, for you to print at home and use for the April calendar, are below. And if you’d like to support the calendar, and see more behind the scenes, please do consider supporting them through Patreon.
So these are all the calendar pages from 2018, made with the support of (and released early to) patrons on patreon.com/tanaudel (should you care to join…:)
My personal favourites (as calendar patterns) are currently the selkies (May), sacred deer (August), and ships with seamonsters (December). But I’m rather fond of the stories hidden in July (walking characters) and October (Gothic). And Goldberry’s shoe. And the spotty cat. And swans in sweaters…
Some of these are up on Redbubble as prints and patterns, but if there’s anything else you’d like to see there, do let me know!
Welcome to the March calendar, brought to you with the support of my patrons, who make this much inking time possible, and who get the calendar early — and other things.
This month’s design finds its origins in a combination of William Morris designs and red-figure pottery (both of which are much livelier in real life than in reproduction).
Below are versions you may download and print at home, pre-coloured or to colour. I’ve also put the colour version up as a print on Redbubble. No scarves, etc., (yet, or at least not without some heavy intervention), as I did not design it to fill that shape.
If you do use and/or colour the calendars, I’d love to see photos in the wild — please feel free to share! And if you’d like to join on Patreon (or otherwise throw a few dollars at the calendar) — thank you for helping make these images happen!
Floating islands for this month’s printable calendar. It’s brought to you by my patrons at patreon.com/tanaudel (thank you all! and if you’d like to join in, there are also new Dalek drawings going up each month at the moment).
These were a lot of fun to draw, once I stripped out the far too many sketches extending the civilisation/mythos (although there was a floating deck chair I was rather fond of). I imagine the Aeolian harp adjusts them for altitude/turbulence.
The unwonted use of halftone is directly attributable to having watched Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse which was very much an illustrator’s movie.
Edit: I’ve put the image on Redbubble as a print. If there’s interest (or I decide I want it on a sundress:) I’ll look into doing a repeating pattern.
Welcome to the first calendar page for 2019! Here, for January, is an assortment of keys, brought to you as ever by my wonderful patrons (should you wish to join us, there might even be some new Dalek comics coming in the new year).
These are of course highly improbably keys, some suggested by existing stories (secret gardens and labyrinths, and “Rumpelstiltskin”, some searching for their own tales, and several just highly improbable. The dual music-box key is my current favourite, although I had fun with the puzzle key above it, too.
Because I am such a decisive person, there are three printable colourways for this month (and patterns to come on Redbubble items and Spoonflower fabric in due course — but there are many other designs up there in the meantime).
And I’d also like to include a shout-out here to one of my two favourite purveyors of magical keys (the other doesn’t have a web presence — yet!). Spike Deane makes enchanting glass keys, and other fairytale art, and is also on Patreon.
You can access the designs to save and print at home by clicking on the images below. And if you’d like to get calendar designs earlier, as well as sneak-previews of other projects, printable stationery, and many other things, those are available at my Patreon page — even $1/month helps these pictures happen!