Tandem sloths pin

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This is my little collection of badges.
Top row, left to right:
A souvenir my friend Justė brought me from her trip in Europe, Armando Milani badge.
I can’t remember where I got this, I think in some Asian groceries shop, somewhere very unusual. Or garage sale. I either paid 50 cents or got it as a free bonus.
Surf life saving badge. It was one of those support a cause stalls, you buy a lottery ticket or a small symbolic souvenir  and all money go to the organisation. I really wanted to feel safe in the ocean. And a helicopter badge :)
Girl in traditional Lithuanian costume. Gift from a friend.

Second row.
Butterfly. Vintage one, from the box I told you about in the previous post.
Otter from the series “Latvian animals”.
Total babe by Lithuanian/international artist Eglė Žvirblytė.
Alpaca pizza delivery service by Melbourne’s super lovely superstar Cat Rabbit.

Third row.
Rad Rad Rad Sad by another cool illustrator Jose Mendez.
A bird from Riga, Latvian animals series.
Tandem Sloths by… me. I had to transfer one of my most popular characters into a badge.

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Cats forever and enamel pin.

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You know, how every year one or another animal come into fashion? I mean, not a trend of one or another pet, but animal in design. I made this sketch in 2013 based on my own experience and tips from other people. Tried to do some research, but there is no any convenient information or statistics, so it is quite rough. In 80′s and early 90′s it would be dolphins and tigers, roaring lions and wolfs. Then came pandas, rabbits, foxes.  From kids clothing to home wares - owls were everywhere. 2013 was all about pugs and french bulldogs. In 2014 we all were gone crazy for sloths. In 2015 every home ware shop still has a cockatoo lamp and you can get a print with this bird print in every artist market. And so on.
Animal trend comes and goes. One animal stays.
The Cat.

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This is a new and more detailed take on the same topic. Feel free to comment if I missed something. For example I missed dolphins so popular in 90′s. Or elephants. Or do you have any ideas of the more recent trends? Like “Put a bird on it” :D

And now Mr. Cat is available as an enamel pin.

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When I was a child I found a tin box full of pins at home. My parents or grandparents collected them. They (pins) were magic! I still have few pins from that box. Seeing them in my accessories box I imagined making a pin of my own. And here it is. Cat, of course!

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I am still working on a better packaging ant it would be great to tell the whole story about why it is called “Cat forever”, but meanwhile it comes like this.

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Find the cat on my Etsy shop.

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Inktober continues (3rd part)

When I am posting this, it’s already 26th of Inktober and so far I’ve missed 2 days, 17 and 24th.  I hope I will do 2 more drawings for those days, meanwhile at the moment I am struggling with ideas again. probably it is just the mood of not wanting to draw anything. Happens.

Anyway, previous weeks were quite productive.

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A weird 3 eyed cat. Actually cat is OK, people are worse here – I used to draw people like that 20 years ago. No progress at all :D

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My friend got an ear infection and could not hear with one ear.

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Work thing. Had to draw a monkey. Will see how it goes.

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Based on old sketch – real men love cats.

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Oh, this is the best, I am so clever, I am so great! Narcissist narcissus.

Inktober 19

“I learned to ride my bike while drinking coffee in Melbourne”.
To be continued.

Inktober 20

Work stuff again. Cute cats and birds for a small girl.

Inktober 21How to make a pattern. See this for amazingly simple instruction: http://www.designsponge.com/2008/05/welcome-julia-and-how-to-make-a-repeat-pattern.html

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Drawing cards

Christmas is coming and I know I need new cards. It has been a big puzzle for me to decide what is it in Australia. It is completely different from North hemisphere and especially from Lithuanian traditions I am used to.

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I still think of traditional symbols.

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This is the sketch from the last year, cards I made. The most successful for me are the cards with animals on them. And, since I like drawing them, this year is for pets in elk horns. I don’t remember who reminded me of this idea, I will look it up and the person who came up with this idea should get some when they are printed ;)

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Sometimes in the market people see the print, for example with dogs. And they want another one to match.
-There is one with cats. – I say.
And you should see some of the faces! Ew, cats! :D It is always a funny result when you offer something with cats to an ultimate dog person. Or opposite.

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What is Christmas in Australia? What????!!! :)

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Inktober + blue pencils

5White ink on black paper keeps fascinating me. I keep getting surprised or disappointing, enjoying the process or looking for the ways to “save” the work.

8 And everything looks different from what I imagined. I thought of people relaxing on the grass, but my friend compared it to the image of massive grave excavated during some archaeological research :/

9Tired after disappointing results I draw something I am used to. A cat.

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And birds.

Inkto 7And more animals, but about this work – later.

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