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.
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.
Another cut-paper illustration, to experiment more with shadows and try out some new paper (80gsm – some recent pictures were on something closer to cardboard). It was easier to cut, although not of course as robust.
I’m working on more pen-and-ink illustrations at the moment, too, it isn’t all silhouettes! But I have some possible projects in mind for the cut-paper, and Illustration Friday is always an excellent opportunity to practice techniques and ideas – how much detail and movement can be put into a small image, whether I can draw sheep…
A little pen illustration for the story of the magic cauldron which doubled everything put into it, and led to marital strife.
And here are four current/recent projects. Top left is for a portrait, top right is for a finished comic, bottom left is for an unfinished comic and bottom right is keeping its fingers crossed for a big announcement.
It can be metaphorical, if you like. Mostly I’ve just been reading too much of The Faery Reel and think Moreton Bay Fig buttress roots look prehensile. Pen with colour added in Photoshop, and you can see a larger version here.
This may end up becoming the December blog header, which is the reason for the shape.