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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Rock Climber – Up Close!

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Portion – “The Rock Climber” – 2019 – Digital

Hello once again and welcome back to another blog post here at Timid Lion. We are officially to Hump Day, although as a freelancer that doesn’t really mean as much to me. The way my jobs work is this: clients call me all day, every day. It gets old and I could be a little more stern with them. As of now, my work/life balance is a little all over the place.

Yesterday, I posted about the next project I wanted to work on. This would be a quick piece to transition to after my book is completed. Well, I’m happy to say that my book is about 99% finished. I’m excited to get that out there. The next project I chose to work on was a quick spot illustration called “The Rock Climber”. In yesterday’s post, I shared the full length piece. For today, I figured I would share a color sample. I’m still going to tweak this a bit more but I am getting close to finishing it. This will be another portfolio piece. It could be nice to incorporate this into a magazine article type of spread as well. Anyway, until next time… so long everybody!

The Rock Climber!

Hello once again and welcome back. Another Tuesday and we are here to talk about art! As I get close to wrapping my first children’s book, I’m looking at what project should be next. One of the problems I have always had to deal with is something I call “Project Envy”. You see, every “next” project always looks 10x better than whatever I am working on. Who knows why? It is hard for me to stay focused on the current task as I am always thinking about how much fun the other projects will be. I’ve tried to battle this by keeping a folder for “Future Projects”, as I talked about last week. Field Notes have also helped. Having a small notebook everywhere I go helps me to jot down ideas when I have them.

As I look into what the next project is, I would like to have a quicker turnaround. Creating a children’s book is an amazing experience but it does take time. Spending time creating a few single page illustrations will be great. All of this makes great new portfolio pieces. It’s always a good idea to update your portfolio as you grow as an artist. The piece I am sharing today is going to be a really fun piece to work on. It started as a sketch on a scrap piece of paper. The final piece will be rather large, 7×20″ or so. I call it “The Rock Climber”. The little man at the top of the illustration looks so happy. He knew he could make it. Of course, once this is completed, I will share it on the blog. Until next time, so long everybody!

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“The Rock Climber” – ©2019 – 7″x20″ Illustration Board

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

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.