February 27, 2017
I just… love that dormouse so much.
Hello, and welcome to the March calendar. It has been brought to you by my wonderful patrons – you too can support calendar development and even have the option of getting calendars early, and stationery based on them, as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses and the thrill of patronising me.
I based these folks on Sir John Tenniel’s most famous illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, although I decided I was not really feeling like drawing legs on the teapot. One day.
By Sir John Tenniel
I didn’t used to love Tenniel’s design for Alice, but I’ve grown to. He captures so very well what many versions fail to: Alice is neither a terrible human being who never says thankyou, nor a precocious innocent.
She’s simultaneously a child trying to make sense of an adult world, to enforce upon it the rules she’s been taught (falsely) exist, and the only remotely grownup person in the make-believe chaos of Wonderland. In some ways, I think, she’s a rather close cousin to (some interpretations of) Susan Pevensie.
There will be some products and prints available soon. I’ll update, or you can keep an eye on Redbubble and Spoonflower.
As ever, you can download the images below for personal use for this month’s calendar: pre-coloured or to colour in yourself. And if you’re considering chipping in on Patreon, I’d be delighted to have your support!
October 27, 2016
Days early, it’s the November calendar! I was going to do something complicated with hands, but then I thought: you know what would be easier than something for which I have reference on the ends of my own arms? Unicorns. Unicorns would be easier.
Then it deteriorated into reportage on rampant unicorn-theft, and here we are. (Unicorn… foal? unicornlet? corncub? I suppose it depends on the design).
You can download the design to print pre-coloured or to colour yourself by clicking on the images below. It’s also up as a print on Redbubble: Unicorn Thieves.
I’d like to keep doing these calendars and similar extra art next year, because I love them and hope you do, but they do take time out of my paying deadlines. I’m considering starting a Patreon, hoping to keep a version of the main calendar design free but to give supporters extra behind-the-scenes details, input and material. More detail in due course!
September 30, 2016
Some spooky things in trees for October!
I did this at the last minute, which is why there is so much going on in the picture. I also watched a lot of Frost tonight. And did some other illustrations. And it is 2am, good grief. My eyes basically look like the eyes in these pictures.
I changed the order in which I coloured the under-layers, and am getting closer to a useful effect.
By clicking on the images below, you can print the calendar either pre-coloured or for colouring in.
And I’ve put it up on Redbubble, too, on assorted things.
August 30, 2016
The calendars happen in downtime when I can’t work on other projects (e.g. I’m in a library and can’t really use knives, or the light’s bad), so I’m slithering in under the wire with the September calendar!
This one started with pattern composition technique Lindsay Nohl taught us at the Iceland residency, then … got out of hand.
Colour flats (and texture). The colour is based on the William Morris “Compton” design. Once I get my actual work done, I will put together the repeating design, but I have to draw the connecting bits. In the meantime, the non-repeating version is up on Redbubble on notebooks, shirts, etc.
If you click on the images below, you should be able to print them either in colour or to colour.
July 20, 2016
I am posting this from beloved Devon, but am soon to move on to Iceland for a week. Internet and free time are both erratic, but I will post more (and sketches!) when I get home. In the meantime, I update Facebook and Twitter a little more regularly.
These are regular bees but I have seen real live bumble bees in Devon and it was just as exciting as coming around a turn in the road and unexpectedly seeing Stonehenge for the first time on the way here.
If you click on the images below, you can download the calendar to print and (if desired) colour:
June 21, 2016
I’m off to Readercon in July, which prompted this month’s calendar (although it’s a pattern I started sketching at World Fantasy last year).
You can print it in colour or to colour. Clicking on the images below will take you to a larger version of the image.
April 16, 2016
The calendar for May is here! It is inhabited by various favourite starry folk.
You can download it to print pre-coloured or for colouring-in by clicking on the images below.
The main image is also up on Redbubble as a print, scarf, and so on.