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.
I still think of traditional symbols.
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 😉
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! 😀 It is always a funny result when you offer something with cats to an ultimate dog person. Or opposite.
What is Christmas in Australia? What????!!! 🙂
White 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.
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 :/
Tired after disappointing results I draw something I am used to. A cat.
And more animals, but about this work – later.
This years Inktober started with this sketch of lamas. Inspiration from trip to Peru, but these animals are so hard to draw! To catch the emotion of their funny silly faces 🙂
Alpaca is choosing a drink for Friday. It was a public holiday here, but not for me. A market time, so I had to draw something very quick. White ink on black, it is so beautiful!
Inktober day 3.
I had a dream tonight: we were going by car to mountains (my mind is probably still traveling in the Andes), when we reached the snow there was a cheetah asking to pick it up because it was cold. So someone picked as if it was a little cat.
It’s an old idea, keep trying to make a finished work of that, but still not happy enough. I don’t feel confident about her face, too sweet, I think, but then get encouragement from Vera, that she reminds her Pippi Longstocking, which is a lovely comparison 🙂
Day 6. I decide that even an easy sketch without a great result is better practice than nothing. Sometimes I can’t draw the way I’d like to, I am not ready enough for the idea I have, so I choose not to do anything just out of fear of not succeeding with the result. But talking to my fellow artist friends seems like we all get fear of white paper, writers block and other issues and it is probably normal. And when you finally relax, the result seems to be OK too. A test of white ink transparency turned into clumsy drawn cat pattern.
One picture of the story was published in the comic anthology Š! sports edition. And there is the rest. I couldn’t decide if I should save it for some print but you all need to know how did the sloth started surfing.
Cover of the book (by Amanda Baeza) – if you see it somewhere – grab a copy 🙂