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.

Future Projects Files

Hey Hey! Welcome back to another week here at the Timid Lion blog. I thought today I would start the week off by taking a peek into the future projects files. On my computer, I keep a folder labelled “Future Projects”. In that folder are scans from my sketchbook that I want to turn into finished pieces. Near my computer desk is a tower of milk crates where I keep my old sketchbooks. My goal is always to finish one sketchbook per month but it can be a difficult goal to achieve.

I digress. Here is a project from the future projects files that will be fun to work on. It is a character design based on a photo of me when I was 5 years old. I had just gotten a Nintendo Entertainment System for my birthday and I was playing Super Mario Bros. I’m still a huge Mario fan, I just completed Super Mario Odyssey a month ago. I still need to gather enough coins to purchase the remaining suits/hats/moons, but I’ll get there. Do you have a future projects box? What’s in it? I’d love to hear from you on this. Until next time, so long everybody!

 

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Future Project titled, “NES ’90”.

Win for Glenn!

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge St. Louis Blues fan. I started watching in 1995 when I was 10 years old. It was the best introduction to being a Blues fan. The team traded for “The Great One” near the end of the ’95-’96 season. With Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull and Grant Fuhr it looked like we were headed for a deep playoff run. Of course, we would go on to be eliminated in double overtime of Game 7 in the Western Conference Semifinal by a Steve Yzerman blast. I still haven’t forgiven him or the Detroit Red Wings.

I digress. As a Blues fan, one of the best parts of seeing a game is witnessing Charles Glenn sing the Star Spangled Banner. I’m not an overly patriotic man so I could live without pregame anthems but if we must have one, Charles is the guy to perform it. He never fails to hit it out of the park. He has announced that this will be his last season, after dealing with some major health issues. One can hope that the Blues will fire off a nice playoff run to extend his anthem singing career 🙂

Here is an illustration of Charles that I created a few years ago. Thanks for the memories Charles. I’ll be sad to see you go. Good luck to your replacement.

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“Let’s Go Blues” – ©2017 – Chris Grant/Timid Lion

Happy Friday!

Hello once again ladies and gentleman and welcome back. Today is a fun day. I spent the morning walking to my nearest print store only to realize my flash drive doesn’t work and the file I needed to print wasn’t in my dropbox folder. So I walked back home, then back to the print store, then the post office. Oh well, it is a beautiful day.

Anyway, now that I am back in the studio, I have organized my receipts for my taxes and worked on my book. I’ve also customized some toy wrestling rings for my collection, which has been a ton of fun. Pics coming next week 🙂 Here is a quick character color test from my Socks book. Until next time, so long everybody!

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“Untitled Book” 2019 – Coming Soon!

Another Happy Customer!

Hey All! Just wrapped a few large caricature projects for customers through our Etsy store. I’m really surprised at how many great clients we get to meet through Etsy. When I opened my shop in September 2016, my goal was to have one sale before Christmas. I was lucky enough to have several sales thus reaching my goal! Over the past several months, it has grown exponentially. Our Christmas rush lasted several weeks. I’m so thankful. If you are looking for a fun and unique gift to give to a loved one, please reach out to us. We specialize in custom caricatures, similar to what you would find in a theme park.

One of our recently wrapped projects was for the good folks over at Ornery Mule Racing. I was lucky enough to draw several members of the team and had a great time doing it. Michele was fantastic to work with and she left this incredible review:

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Thanks so much for the great review!!

Here is a look at just one of the 11 caricatures we worked on for Ornery Mule Racing. Thanks again for reading and 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”.

Color Tests!

Happy Friday! As we end the week, I figured I would share with you some artwork from a current project. I’ve spent the past 5 years as a children’s book illustrator. It’s been great but I have always worked under someone else’s creative direction, be it a client or art director. As a side project, I’m currently working on my very own children’s book. Written and illustrated 100% by moi 🙂

I won’t delve too deep into the story other than to say it is about socks. Yep, socks. All of the art has been inked and I am in the coloring phase now. I’ve had the most practice as a colorist so this phase moves by pretty quickly. After this, I’ll begin the layout phase. I’m aiming for an adequate job. I feel many artists, and people in general, aim for perfection. Perfection doesn’t exist and it only slows things down. Obviously I want to do my best work but I’m not aiming for “perfect”. Anyhoo, enjoy your weekend and have a look at some color testing on this pile of socks. Until next time, so long everybody!

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Color Tests – Pile of Socks – Forthcoming Children’s Book