May unicorns

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A little joy, if twilit, for May: a frolic of evening unicorns.

These are just because it had been a few years since the last unicorn calendar. I’d revisited some old silhouette unicorns recently, and started drawing them in the margins of my notebook, and the design is always an interesting one to play with. These are a bit horsier than usual — I think my favourite approach starts moving past goat into greyhound.

And it’s also up as a print and a repeating pattern on Redbubble on cushions, throws, clothes, etc: Twilight Unicorns. (Spoonflower to follow, but I have to wait for the sample swatches to arrive).

And here (for personal use) are the printable versions. If you like them and like supporting the arts, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early at) patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at $1/month!) or through the tip jar at paypal.me/tanaudel.

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April Calendar: The Go-Betweens

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For the printable April calendar, here are an assortment of crows — or ravens, or interchangeable corvids, as the case may be — carrying messages and tokens.

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This is partly because, for reasons associated with Flyaway, I’ve been talking to people about the fairy tale of “The Seven Ravens”, but mostly because when I was going through all my sketches for possible calendar ideas, a crow started calling outside my window.

(The Go-Betweens were, of course, also a Brisbane band, possibly most famous for Streets of Your Town, but also here is a lovely Winterpills cover of Bye Bye Pride).

And it’s also up as a print and a repeating pattern on Redbubble on cushions, throws, clothes, etc: The Go-Betweens. (Spoonflower to follow, but I have to wait for the sample swatches to arrive).

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And here (for personal use) are the printable versions. If you like them and like supporting the arts, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early at) patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at $1/month!) or through the tip jar at paypal.me/tanaudel.

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March Calendar: Giants

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The March calendar (supported by patrons, who get it early, and you can too) is gargantuan.

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They are perhaps a little more trollish than gianty, but they’re my giants.

think my favourite is the mountain giant just waking up. But I also like the one that just found a dragon.

(If you’re a fan of giants, sea-serpents, or remarkably strong and beautiful ladies, here’s an Irish fairy tale in a series Katherine Langrish is sharing on her site, Seven Miles of Steel Thistles: “Simon and Margaret”).

I was playing around with textures digitally in this one — some spare ink washes from when I did the City of Bones 10th anniversary edition illustrations. It’s a little more directional than I’d like but it was, by then, about 1 in the morning. Here is what the colours look like, without lines.

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And here (for personal use) are the printable versions. If you like them and like supporting the arts, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early at) patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at $1/month!) or through the tip jar at paypal.me/tanaudel.

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2019 Calendars roundup

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Here are all the 2019 calendar art pages in one place.

They are brought to you with the support of my patrons over on Patreon. They get calendars early-ish, sneak-peeks, behind-the-scenes, occasional comics, and journal extracts: more here.

October (cold hands) has probably been the most popular ones, particularly on Redbubble. I do like it very much, especially as a repeating pattern, and I think it’s one of the best, but mostly I’m still slightly startled that I was responsible for it.

My personal favourites are currently down the centre of the image: I don’t do much architecture, so the floating castles pleased me. The beer-drinking fiddle-playing squirrel amuses me very much. The density of the floral ground in the woodland sceneis satisfying. Scissors, like pigs, are hard to draw, and these definitely read to me as scissors.

The 2018 round-up, for comparison.

February Foxes

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Welcome to February, and a busy crew of librarian foxes, foxes in libraries, and general bookishness!

This calendar is brought to you, as usual, with the support of patrons on patreon.com/tanaudel, and if you’d care to see art and calendars early through that and help them happen, please feel very free to check out patreon or toss a few coins in the jar through paypal.me/tanaudel.

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I’m hoping these sketches will turn into a bigger project, and I’ll put a repeating pattern up on Redbubble and Spoonflower as soon as I can (I’ve been out of action for a few weeks and am now scrambling to deal wth deadlines). I have put it up on Redbubble as a printLibrary Foxes, but there’s a bit of tinkering involved to make it repeat pleasantly.

In the meantime, below for your personal February-planning purposes, are the printable pre-coloured and colour-sheet versions of the calendar. (And of course, a tip through patreon or paypal.me never goes astray).

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January 2020 calendar! Bees!

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Happy New Year! (Almost but not quite). I’ve hurt my back and am mostly horizontal, which makes drawing tricky, but I clawed my way to the drawing board and there is still a calendar, now, just barely, for January 2020.

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It is bees! So many bees. I thought this would be simpler than earlier, pre bad-back plans I had, but I was extremely wrong. As ever, pre-coloured and to-colour-yourself files are below.

If you would like to support the calendar, and other similarly misguided artistic endeavours, into 2020, it would help your friendly, horizontal local illustrator very much. Patreon is here patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at $1/month!) or there is a tip jar at paypal.me/tanaudel.

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December Calendar: Phantom Dancers

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The December calendar is here! (With the invaluable support of patrons on patreon.com/tanaudel and paypal.me/tanaudel — if you enjoy the calendar and other art and have even a dollar or two to spare, it all helps).

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If it’s all a bit green for you, I can only blame a combination of the colour scheme of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (quite a heavy influence this month) and I Capture The Castle, but I’ve also made an oat-and-mint version. Or, of course, you can colour it yourself.

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The printable (for personal use) files are below. And so on to December!

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