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!

Next Project!

Hey Hey and welcome back. It’s been hard trying to get back into the swing of things. I got a little too wrapped up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. My big goal moving forward is to quit lingering on projects forever and ever. There is this urge to make things “perfect” and that just doesn’t exist. I’ve been working on my first solo children’s book for over two years. Imagine how much work I could have accomplished in that time had I put forth my best effort and let it go. I’m incredibly happy with this book but creating is the goal. With my mind, I feel I need to get these projects out of my head or they will linger and drive me nuts. Soon, I will release info on how to purchase a copy of my book, “The Secret of Clean Socks”. Stay tuned for that. In the mean time, here is a sketch for my next project. This is an illustration spread for a library. It should be a lot of fun and I can already see things in my head, which is generally a good sign. Until next time, get out there and create something cool today 😀

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“Untitled” – ©2019 – Library Illustration Spread

Let’s Go Blues!

Hey Hey and welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog! Today, I wanted to talk about the St. Louis Blues. I know, I know. Everyone is tired of my posts about the Blues. While I have been posting quite a bit about the team, I can’t help it. I’m excited! I’ve been a Blues fan since the early-90s and them winning their first Stanley Cup is something I wasn’t sure I would ever see.

I started watching the Blues back in 1995. Brett Hull was in his prime, Al MacInnis was a new Blue and we were on the verge of trading for Wayne Gretzky. It was a great time to be a St. Louis Blues fan. A year before, my Mom bought NHL ’94 for the Super Nintendo. I’m not sure how I ended up getting the game as I had never watched hockey. My Mom was a very generous and giving person. She would get paid every two weeks and she would always take my family out to eat and then we would go shopping afterwards. She wasn’t a big spender, we would mostly get items we needed for the house and an occasional splurge. She was always willing to buy my brother and I something, as long as it wasn’t too expensive. So, I’m assuming that during one of our shopping trips, we spotted NHL ’94 in the discount bin. She wouldn’t have had an issue getting it for us.

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NHL ’94 – SNES Box Art – Courtesy of Moby Games

This is one of my favorite video games of all time. I’m assuming that I received this game in 1994. The game was released in October 1993 for the SNES, but as I mentioned, I’m sure we would have gotten this much later from the discount rack. This was my first intro to hockey. I’m from St. Louis so I played as the Blues. Right away, I fell in love with the game and the sport. It was quick paced and the simple idea of putting the puck into the net was easy to understand. Back then, local television station, KPLR 11 had broadcast rights to some Blues games. The television my brother and I used didn’t have cable. But I began watching games on KPLR during the 1995 season. We would later have cable installed on that television as well. That allowed me to watch many more games.

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KPLR LOGO – 1990 – 1998 – Recreated by Timid Lion

My first season saw the Blues make it to the Western Conference Semifinals against the (mid-90’s juggernaut) Detroit Red Wings team. As good as they were, the Blues made it to Game 7, double overtime. They were one goal away from going to the Western Conference Final when Steve Yzerman scored on Jon Casey. That goal ended the season and welcomed me to Blues hockey. It also brought about my disdain for the Red Wings. They aren’t as hated anymore as they have since moved to the Eastern Conference. We only play them twice per season. Admittedly, I would love to face the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final someday.

Fast forward 25 years and we are in the 2018-2019 season. I won’t recap the entire year for the Blues. Suffice to say, they were in last place in the league on January 3rd. They mounted an amazing comeback which culminated with them beating the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, lifting the Cup for the first time. It’s been amazing and I still don’t believe it. Hockey fans are a superstitious bunch so you aren’t really allowed to talk about winning the Cup, in fear of jinxing it. I’ve fallen into that trap before, although it doesn’t really matter. What will be, will be. However, now that they have won, I can finally produce a cartoon of myself hoisting the Cup. Oh Baby, how sweet it is. Let’s Go Blues!

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“The Wait Is Over” – ©2019

The Team of DOOM!

Hey Hey and welcome back! Well, game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final didn’t go the way Blues fans had hoped. Oh well, they are a better road team so let’s march into Boston and spoil their party like they have been spoiling ours. It should make for a fun game 7.

Here is a quick piece that I put together today. I’m a big wrestling fan, especially older wrestling. One of my favorite tag teams as a kid was Ron Simmons and Butch Reed. They were a team called Doom. They won the World Tag Team Championship a few times in 1989 and 1990. They originally wore masks. I used to do a lot more of these wrestling prints and then I took a break. Thanks for taking a look and Let’s Go Blues!

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“The Team of DOOM! – Timid Lion – ©2019

Beer!

Hey Hey! Welcome back to another post here at the Timid Lion Blog. Today is Wednesday, which means today is Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. I’m a huge hockey fan/St. Louis Blues fan. These games are stressful but this playoff run has been fun to watch. Hopefully we can play “Gloria” tonight!

Here is a fun piece I put together last night. This comes from a sketch that I created a few years ago. There was a local beer festival in town and I was there to draw caricatures. These were from a series of sketches that I thought could have made fun prints. Then I realized that no one was going to have any interest in purchasing that type of thing. These sketched went into my “Future Projects” file and I played with them last night for about a half hour and came up with this fun 1960’s style illustration. It could be tweaked but it was a fun creative exercise.

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“Happy Dancers” © 2017-2019 Timid Lion

Look at how happy they are. They are double-fisting the Bud Select 🙂 and having a good time. These fun projects are like digital sketches. They aren’t really going to be used for anything but you get to test your skills and try new things. Thanks for looking, let me know what you think. Until next time, so long everybody! Let’s Go Blues!

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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Before and After #4 – Witch!

Hello once again ladies and gentleman and welcome back to the Timid Lion vlog. It’s Monday and that means it is time to kick off another week with “Before and After”. The series where I post a piece of art and the sketch that inspired it. It has continued to be very busy at Timid Lion. Our caricature sales have been skyrocketing and last week I must have drawn over 150 caricatures. This week looks to be just as busy as I have 3 gigs lined up for live drawing, plus the weekly gig at Pieces. My hand is going to be tired 🙂 Don’t forget to grab your caricature from our Etsy store as they make great Mother’s Day gifts.

Onto Before and After! Here is a sketch that I drew a few year’s ago. It features a fun witch character. This was produced as a digital illustration and as I look back, I like the line art version better. In the future, I may revisit this piece. Halloween art is always fun as you can be as creative as you want to be.

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“Witchy Woman” – Pencil Sketch – ©2017
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“Witchy Woman” – Digital – ©2017

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