The Secret of Clean Socks!

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“The Secret of Clean Socks” – ©2019 Timid Lion/Chris Grant

Hey Hey! Welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog. In the coming weeks, I will share more about my upcoming book release. It is tentatively named “The Secret of Clean Socks“. This book will be available for purchase, although I am still exploring options on that front. I’m very excited to release this one. I’ve worked on a few dozen children’s books but this will be my first solo effort. Above is a sneak peak at the working cover design. This is probably pretty close to the finished piece. Stay tuned for details on how to purchase your own copy!

Before and After #1

Hello once again and welcome back. Monday has once again reared it’s ugly head. Hopefully you all had a fantastic weekend. I spent Saturday drawing many caricatures. Find out more info about that from our blog post last Friday. This week, I wanted to debut a new segment. I’ll look to post this every Monday. In this segment, which I am calling “Before and After”, I look at a finished piece of art as well as the sketch that inspired it.

I’ve been in the habit of always keeping a sketchbook. Sometimes, I have been disciplined enough to finish one every month. My current sketchbook has been “Live” (what I call the current book that I am trying to fill) since October 2018. I’m a little past the halfway point of filling it. Since I have gotten back into daily life drawing, it shouldn’t take long to finish it. There are many important reasons to keep a sketchbook and draw in it often. My ideals on that will come in a later blog entry.

For this first edition of “Before and After”, I pulled a piece of art that I completed back in 2017. It seems like many Moons ago. When I am doodling in my sketchbook, I often don’t think much about what will make a fun, finished piece of art. 99% of the time I am just getting ideas out of my head and onto paper. Sketchbooks can be an amazing playground for improving drawing skill as well as a place to enjoy creative freedom. This is the place to try all of the wildest ideas you can think of. The best sketchbooks are the ones filled with page after page of experimental art.

One day, while working on a tan-toned sketchbook, this gem was doodled. It was a simple piece. Just a small cartoon of a woman sipping from a cup of coffee. One of my [self-admitted] biggest flaws is my tendency to not push the animation in my characters. I’ve known this for years and it is something I try hard to work on. This piece is simple, but I loved her pose. She just seemed content. Happy with life. After the drawing was complete, I added the phrase “Pumpkin Spice is Life”. This was doodled in the fall and we were in the midst of Starbuck’s annual pumpkin spice latte craze.

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Sketch – “Pumpkin Spice is Life” – ©2017

This doodle caught my eye. As I flipped through this sketchbook, this was one that I kept returning to. Seeing as I saw something in this piece, I decided to finalize it. It was scanned and imported into Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. After several hours, I had a finished piece. It was a ton of fun adding textures and playing with colors. Once it was complete, I tweeted it to Starbucks. The hope was someone would see it and use it and pay me lots of money. That didn’t happen but I was happy with the piece nonetheless.

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“Pumpkin Spice is Life” – ©2017 – Timid Lion Digital – 8×10

For me, sketchbook art is hugely important to the artist. Not only is it a place to practice your craft, it is a place to experiment. You can do no wrong in the pages of your sketchbook and you shouldn’t be afraid to try anything. Lining the shelves in my studio are dozens of art books. What I have found is that my own sketchbooks bring me as much inspiration as any of the other art books that I own. You never know which of your ideas will spark something in you. Doodle. Have fun. Draw. Write. Even if you don’t fancy yourself an artist, go grab a cheap sketchbook and put something in it everyday. You won’t regret it. Until next time. So long everybody.

We Can Always Be Better!

Hello once again everybody and welcome back! I’m still not sure what to do with this blog. Long interactive posts are probably the way to go, with a ton of detailed information on the creative process and what is going on with Timid Lion. Ideally, I’d be typing up a few posts days in advance of them being posted. Anyhoo. I’ve been staying busy with caricatures recently. Our Etsy store has been on fire since Christmas and it has really helped. Of course, we encourage you to head over and grab yourself a custom caricature as they make great gifts and start at just $10 😀

I’ve also been busy working on my first children’s book. Recently, I’ve shared a few pieces from it. It’s been a really fun project to work on and I’m really excited to debut it. There are only a few pieces posted here on the blog as I don’t want to give the whole book away. Today’s piece is of a Fairy that visits. I’ve really developed a nice style over the past several years. It definitely hasn’t happened overnight. From trial and error, I’ve found a really fun way to combine traditional and digital art. The finished product is insanely colorful and visually interesting. I’d like to think that this style will become what Timid Lion is known for. I’m putting together this book more as a portfolio piece that can be shown to illustrator reps. I’ve got several other projects in my “Future Projects File”, which I discussed on my blog yesterday, that will utilize this style.

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Portion of art from upcoming book. “Untitled, 2019”.

As I continue to try to find myself as an artist, I think finding something that I can claim as my style… my calling card, is hugely beneficial. There are so many talented artists in this world. Finding a way to create art that is uniquely yours and stands out above the crowd is an increasingly difficult thing to do. Practice makes perfect and I feel that is imperative to work on projects that further your skills. You can always learn and you can always improve. This goes not just for our artwork but our lives in general. We can always be better. Until next time, so long everybody.

Live Caricatures at Pieces!

Hello once again ladies and gentleman and welcome back. After a successful night of drawing caricatures last Saturday, the good folks and Pieces have invited me back to draw again. I’ll be there tomorrow from 5pm-9:30pm. I’ll be taking photos and will share the best of the best here on the blog. In the meantime, I’ve still been chugging away on my children’s book. I don’t want to share too much of that yet but I hope to have it completed by the end of April. Then I will open preorders through the Timid Lion shop. Stay tuned for details! Until next time, so long everybody!

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More Coloring!

Hey All! Hopefully your weekend was fantastic. Mine was rather enjoyable as I took it easy, for the most part. I did sneak in some caricature drawing as our Etsy store has been selling caricatures like hot cakes. If you are looking for a fun gift for family or friends, check us out. I’m the busiest caricature artist on Etsy and am always excited to pick up more work. Our art starts at just $10!

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A sample of a recent caricature purchased through out Etsy store. Check the links in the navigation above for more details.

Enough of the shill act 🙂 I’m not just here to sell art. Although I do appreciate paying my bills and eating food. I’m also here to share my passion of art. It’s what I do for fun, as well as a living. I’m still working on my own children’s book, Untitled 2019. As you may remember, last Friday, I posted a few color samples. I don’t want to give away the whole book, obviously, but a few pieces here and there won’t hurt. Here is another color sample of one of the main characters. Enjoy and until next time, so long everybody!

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One of two main characters in our upcoming book. Still “Untitled”.

St. Louis Boo! Autographed Copies

Back in 2015, I was fresh out of college. I had just graduated in early-2014 and had been working on a freelance basis for several companies. One of which produced children’s books. At that time, their best years were behind them. We were just producing small pieces for sales teams to push our services to clients.

Luckily for us, we caught the eye of Reedy Press in St. Louis. They commissioned us to create illustrations for a children’s book called St. Louis Boo. Here is a clip with the author Carolyn Muller from the local Fox affiliate, KTVI. They did a story on the book back in 2015. I even got a shoutout 🙂

I was lucky enough to grab a few boxes of the book. Lucky for me, because a week after I visited the Reedy Press warehouse to pick up the books, it caught fire and they lost all of their inventory. Timing is everything. They have recovered though and are in the process of rebuilding. Since I have extra copies, I’m selling autographed versions. They will be autographed and numbered, 1-35. Grab your copy now while they are still available. I’m not sure how many more print runs there will be of this book. You can grab your copy on my etsy page. Just click the shop link above or click here!

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“St. Louis Boo” – Reedy Press – 2015 – Carolyn Mueller – Illustrated by Chris Sharp/Chris Grant.

Welcome to the Timid Lion Blog!

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Hello all! Welcome to the first post here at the Timid Lion blog. I haven’t tried to do a blog in many moons so we shall see how this goes. I will try to post about projects that I am working on and showcase caricatures that folks have purchased through our Etsy page. Here is one or our latest pieces:

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You can check out our Etsy shop by clicking here. My blog won’t be all about selling art though. My plan is to focus on projects that I am working on/have just finished. Recently, I had the opportunity to work on a few children’s books. I’ll plan to share info on those when I am allowed to do so. I am also working on my first children’s book as well. It has been a ton of fun. It is nice when you get to be completely in charge of the creative direction.

Thanks for reading. Check back often as I will try to post here several times per month. There may also be a youtube channel in the future. I’m still deciding on that one. Until next time, so long everybody!