Due to all the maps of recent days, I’ve been wanting to do a pseudo-nautical calendar (again — there’s a cameo appearance from August 2017‘s cast this month).
It was not intended to be a festive calendar (although I might make a sea-serpent garland this year), mostly because I was travelling and forgot this would be for December. (I am home now, and reminded of it constantly.) However, should you require a carolling connection, just pick any three ships (or check out the Patreon, for occasional stationery from this and previous years).
The calendar page is below, pre-coloured or to colour at home.
The cats of November!
Greetings from sunny California, with a background soundtrack of trains, coyotes, and The Fictator typing in the next room.
These cats were so much fun to draw — especially the brown and white one. I’ve always hesitated a bit over cats, but this time it seemed to come together: the reference, the practice, and memories of cats I’ve known, the way they move and look suspiciously around and the peculiar arrangements of their muscles.
Printable versions are available below – pre-coloured, or to colour yourself.
This month’s calendar is, as usual, brought to you thanks to the support of people through Patreon (there will be some new sneak-peeks and glimpses of work in progress going up there soon, if you’ve been considering joining — and two years’ worth of printable December stationery at the $3+ level, if you’re so inclined).
I’m giving a map workshop at Where the Wild Things Are bookstore in Brisbane on 3 October. This is an illustration workshop (I am not a cartographer!) about making maps of and for stories. Details and tickets are available from the bookstore’s website: Mapmakers Workshop with Kathleen Jennings.
It’s a school holiday workshop for ages 10+, but adults are welcome!
(If you’re a little bit further north, I’m giving Marvellous Bird and Narrative Imagery workshops in Hervey Bay and Maryborough on 22 & 23 September).
I am home from Brittany, and Les Rencontres de l’Imaginaire de Brocéliande, which among many mysteries and delights (a purple castle! the Lady of the Lake’s lake!) included an art exhibition about myths of the Sacred Stag, which duly inspired this month’s calendar. (As ever, supporters on patreon.com/tanaudel have seen the behind-the-scenes development of this and other projects!)
I am also rather horribly jetlagged, which apparently affects my colour picking abilities — so there are a couple of colourways for this one. I’m oddly enamoured of the hot pink.
And don’t forget, you can support the continued existence of the calendar, as well as other projects, on Patreon: patreon.com/tanaudel.
A selection of fair pedestrians for July’s calendar.
I have been in England for three weeks, and many of the details are from events that have happened here: flowers from fields and the Blenheim Flower Show, keys from cathedral libraries, damselflies and English magpies, Regency soirees and Tolkien exhibits, tea and Old Weird Britain.
The colours and offset colouring style are drawn from old advertisements and the ironwork in the Oxford Natural History Museum.
As ever, these are brought to you with the help of patrons on patreon.com/tanaudel, who also get the calendar early and other extras, should you wish to help support it!