Caricatures of the Week #6

Whew! What a week. The St. Louis Blues have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. I’m a huge hockey fan and I have to be honest, it has been hard to concentrate on anything other than this playoff run. I’ve listened to “Gloria” by Laura Branigan way more times than I care to think and I hope I get to listen to it 4 more times. Here are a few of my favorite caricatures from the past week. Grab your caricature here.

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Caricatures of the Week #5

Hey Hey and welcome back! It’s Friday, which means it is time for another edition of the Caricatures of the Week! Every Friday, I share some of my favorites caricatures drawn in the past seven days. This time of year is very busy for caricature gigs as there are lots of wedding receptions, after proms and corporate events that need entertainment. If you are in the St. Louis area and are looking for something fun for your next event, contact us for more information! We also sell our caricatures through our Etsy store. Once you make your purchase, we will be in touch with how to send photos to us. Let’s take a look at our favorite artwork from last week:

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A few of these are going to be used to make samples of digital caricatures. That is a new item that I just added to the Etsy store so I need to bulk the sample section up there. A few of these had the names on the art as they were for a wedding party. Obviously, the names have been redacted. Well, that will do it for now. We will see you here next week and until next time, so long everybody!

Caricatures of the Week #4

Hey Hey! Welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog. It’s Friday, which means it is time for another edition of the Caricatures of the Week! It has been a crazy week so far. We have completed 2/3 live drawing gigs. One more left to go, I’ll be at a wedding reception in Illinois. Of course, The St. Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars and are moving on to play the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final. Game 1 is Saturday so I will be streaming the game on my phone while drawing. The boss gave me the ok to do it 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite drawings for the week. I’ve picked up several sales again through our Etsy store so I will be busy again. This is just becoming normal and I’m very happy about it. One of these drawings was a digital drawing which are always fun to create. It is a clean look, you can look into purchasing one here. Until next time, so long everybody!

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Mother’s Day is Coming!

Hey Hey! Welcome back to another day here at the Timid Lion Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Just a quick post today to remind everyone that Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY! If you are still in need of a gift, don’t worry. Timid Lion has you covered. You can grab one of our Digital Caricatures and have it emailed to you before this weekend. Once you make your purchase, send us the photos and we will get started. You will have a high-res PDF sitting in your inbox. These can be printed anywhere on 11×17 card stock. Don’t wait, GET YOURS TODAY!

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Caricatures of the Week #3

Hello once again and welcome back! Happy Friday. We are back for another edition of our Caricatures of the Week series. Each week, I draw dozens of caricatures. This week was particularly busy as I had both an 8-person and 24-person order come in through the Etsy store. While drawing those, I was watching old episodes of Alf. This is my job. People pay me money and I get to draw caricatures and watch Alf. That is so cool to me.

If you are interested in checking out the other Caricature of the Week posts, click here! Also, we are always taking commissions for caricatures. But you knew that already, I won’t bore you with sales techniques. Click here for more info on that.

Most of these caricatures came from my visit to Pieces STL last Friday. It is such a fun place to draw, great atmosphere and wonderful people. I can’t say enough good things about them and if you’re in St. Louis, please give them a visit. Enjoy looking at our favorite drawings of the week and have a great weekend. Until next time, so long everybody!

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Save 10% on B/W Caricatures!

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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!