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!

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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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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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”.