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Hello once again ladies and gentleman and welcome back! Today is May 1st and that means it is time for our monthly newsletter to go out. If you haven’t already, feel free to take a second to Join the Pride! On the first day of each month, we will send you an email newsletter that features coupons and other fun news about Timid Lion! We will never share your info and you will only get one email from us per month.

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This month, we are running a sale on our Black and White Caricatures. If you use the code “BW2019” at checkout, you will save 10% on your order. This offer is only valid on black and white art, color and digital caricatures are excluded. You should definitely Join the Pride though as we have new ways to save each month! Until next time, so long everybody!

 

 

 

Before and After #3

Hello once again ladies and gentlemen and welcome back! Thanks for stopping by. First, let me say thank you to everyone who has purchased a piece of art from the Timid Lion Etsy store. We recently surpassed 300 sales. It may not seem like a big number but when I started the store back in 2016, my goal was to hit 20 sales before 2017. Things have slowly been building there and we are very excited about where things are heading. We plan to add more pieces in the future and look forward to working with all of you on your next creative project.

Today is Monday which means we are ready to kick off another week here in Timid Lion world. Monday means “Before and After”, where we take a look at a finished piece of art and the sketch that laid the foundation for it. Several days ago, I made a post about Charles Glenn. For those who don’t know, Charles is the anthem singer for the St. Louis Blues. He is set to retire after this season. Last season, the Blues had a promotion for fans to design a puck. This puck would be used during the warmup skate and given away to the first several thousand people through the door. Normally, I’m not a fan of design/art competitions because I think they compromise the artist’ foothold on being paid a living wage. For this I made an exception because it was more a “fan thing” than the Blues using a competition to get free art.

So, I set out to create a puck design. My thought was that everyone would be using players or the mascot Louie for their design. Seeing as Charles Glenn is a huge part of the game, and that I thought it would stand out, I made my design based on his likeness. At the time, I was working almost completely digital. I would start with a sketch and finish with a piece of art that was made completely in the Adobe Creative Suite. That was the direction I wanted to head for this piece. Here is the initial sketch.

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“Charles Glenn Puck Design” – ©2017-2019

After several rounds of sketches, I found a design that I was happy with and began the process of completing the illustration. Here is the final illustration:

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Now, of course, this needs to be placed on a hockey puck. The Blues supplied a template to accomplish this. Unfortunately, I did not win. I’d like to think someone there saw it and liked it well enough but it didn’t make the cut. While I can’t remember the design that did win, I do remember being underwhelmed with it. I don’t say that to be bitter or negative, just my honest opinion. Sometimes being an artist feels like you are screaming into the void, begging for someone… anyone, to notice you. It feels like you are pleading for attention, desperate to showcase your creation. You crave the feedback and wish for nothing more than thousands of people looking at your work. At the same time, there is a fear that comes along with that. The fear of rejection. The fear of bearing your creative soul to an audience only for it to be stomped and thrown away. It can be difficult but I try to create art that makes me happy and not worry too much about who sees it. I’d be lying though if I said I wasn’t craving an audience to look at my art. I think it is something that every artist feels. Most of us put everything into our art and the fear of all of it being forgotten in time scares us. I ramble. Here is the final puck design 🙂

Mon-PuckI appreciate all of you who have came by and took a second to read through my artistic stream of consciousnesses. Tell a friend, share the link, we appreciate any new friends who join the Pride! Until next time, so long everybody!

Before and After #2!

Hello once again ladies and gentlemen and welcome back. Last week, I started a new weekly series here called “Before and After“. This is where I show a sketch and a final product of a piece of art I have worked on. Let’s jump into this week’s art.

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Here we see a sketch that I roughed out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character, “Donatello”. He was my Mom’s favorite, I was more of a Michaelangelo kid myself. Plus, orange is my favorite color. Back in 2017, I decided to do a set of character designs featuring my take on the Ninja Turtles. After roughing out the sketch, I imported this into Illustrator and created this final version:

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For a while, I got into a digital kick where I would take my sketches and create 100% digital finals. I’ve since gone back to doing a “neo-traditional style”. That includes mixing digital and traditional mediums. Until next time, so long everybody!

Caricatures of the Week #2

Hello once again everyone and welcome back! It’s Friday and that means it is time for the Caricatures of the Week! As I said in last week’s post, this will be a regular weekly gimmick here on the blog. I’ll be continually looking for new content and with as many caricatures as I draw every week, this just seemed like a natural fit.

Last week, I had my regular weekly/bi-weekly night of drawing at Pieces in St. Louis as well as an overnight lock-in for high school seniors. I was able to sleep all day Saturday so staying up overnight wasn’t as big of an ordeal as I thought it would be. I’ve selected a few from each of those gigs as well as a few of our Etsy store sales. You can always purchase a caricature for yourself over at Etsy. Art starts at just $10! Until next time, so long everybody 🙂

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Rock Climber – Up Close!

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Portion – “The Rock Climber” – 2019 – Digital

Hello once again and welcome back to another blog post here at Timid Lion. We are officially to Hump Day, although as a freelancer that doesn’t really mean as much to me. The way my jobs work is this: clients call me all day, every day. It gets old and I could be a little more stern with them. As of now, my work/life balance is a little all over the place.

Yesterday, I posted about the next project I wanted to work on. This would be a quick piece to transition to after my book is completed. Well, I’m happy to say that my book is about 99% finished. I’m excited to get that out there. The next project I chose to work on was a quick spot illustration called “The Rock Climber”. In yesterday’s post, I shared the full length piece. For today, I figured I would share a color sample. I’m still going to tweak this a bit more but I am getting close to finishing it. This will be another portfolio piece. It could be nice to incorporate this into a magazine article type of spread as well. Anyway, until next time… so long everybody!

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Hello once again and welcome back. Another Tuesday and we are here to talk about art! As I get close to wrapping my first children’s book, I’m looking at what project should be next. One of the problems I have always had to deal with is something I call “Project Envy”. You see, every “next” project always looks 10x better than whatever I am working on. Who knows why? It is hard for me to stay focused on the current task as I am always thinking about how much fun the other projects will be. I’ve tried to battle this by keeping a folder for “Future Projects”, as I talked about last week. Field Notes have also helped. Having a small notebook everywhere I go helps me to jot down ideas when I have them.

As I look into what the next project is, I would like to have a quicker turnaround. Creating a children’s book is an amazing experience but it does take time. Spending time creating a few single page illustrations will be great. All of this makes great new portfolio pieces. It’s always a good idea to update your portfolio as you grow as an artist. The piece I am sharing today is going to be a really fun piece to work on. It started as a sketch on a scrap piece of paper. The final piece will be rather large, 7×20″ or so. I call it “The Rock Climber”. The little man at the top of the illustration looks so happy. He knew he could make it. Of course, once this is completed, I will share it on the blog. Until next time, so long everybody!

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“The Rock Climber” – ©2019 – 7″x20″ Illustration Board