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!

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!

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

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.