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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Before and After #3

Hello once again ladies and gentlemen and welcome back! Thanks for stopping by. First, let me say thank you to everyone who has purchased a piece of art from the Timid Lion Etsy store. We recently surpassed 300 sales. It may not seem like a big number but when I started the store back in 2016, my goal was to hit 20 sales before 2017. Things have slowly been building there and we are very excited about where things are heading. We plan to add more pieces in the future and look forward to working with all of you on your next creative project.

Today is Monday which means we are ready to kick off another week here in Timid Lion world. Monday means “Before and After”, where we take a look at a finished piece of art and the sketch that laid the foundation for it. Several days ago, I made a post about Charles Glenn. For those who don’t know, Charles is the anthem singer for the St. Louis Blues. He is set to retire after this season. Last season, the Blues had a promotion for fans to design a puck. This puck would be used during the warmup skate and given away to the first several thousand people through the door. Normally, I’m not a fan of design/art competitions because I think they compromise the artist’ foothold on being paid a living wage. For this I made an exception because it was more a “fan thing” than the Blues using a competition to get free art.

So, I set out to create a puck design. My thought was that everyone would be using players or the mascot Louie for their design. Seeing as Charles Glenn is a huge part of the game, and that I thought it would stand out, I made my design based on his likeness. At the time, I was working almost completely digital. I would start with a sketch and finish with a piece of art that was made completely in the Adobe Creative Suite. That was the direction I wanted to head for this piece. Here is the initial sketch.

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“Charles Glenn Puck Design” – ©2017-2019

After several rounds of sketches, I found a design that I was happy with and began the process of completing the illustration. Here is the final illustration:

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Now, of course, this needs to be placed on a hockey puck. The Blues supplied a template to accomplish this. Unfortunately, I did not win. I’d like to think someone there saw it and liked it well enough but it didn’t make the cut. While I can’t remember the design that did win, I do remember being underwhelmed with it. I don’t say that to be bitter or negative, just my honest opinion. Sometimes being an artist feels like you are screaming into the void, begging for someone… anyone, to notice you. It feels like you are pleading for attention, desperate to showcase your creation. You crave the feedback and wish for nothing more than thousands of people looking at your work. At the same time, there is a fear that comes along with that. The fear of rejection. The fear of bearing your creative soul to an audience only for it to be stomped and thrown away. It can be difficult but I try to create art that makes me happy and not worry too much about who sees it. I’d be lying though if I said I wasn’t craving an audience to look at my art. I think it is something that every artist feels. Most of us put everything into our art and the fear of all of it being forgotten in time scares us. I ramble. Here is the final puck design 🙂

Mon-PuckI appreciate all of you who have came by and took a second to read through my artistic stream of consciousnesses. Tell a friend, share the link, we appreciate any new friends who join the Pride! 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.