Caricatures of the Week #5

Hey Hey and welcome back! It’s Friday, which means it is time for another edition of the Caricatures of the Week! Every Friday, I share some of my favorites caricatures drawn in the past seven days. This time of year is very busy for caricature gigs as there are lots of wedding receptions, after proms and corporate events that need entertainment. If you are in the St. Louis area and are looking for something fun for your next event, contact us for more information! We also sell our caricatures through our Etsy store. Once you make your purchase, we will be in touch with how to send photos to us. Let’s take a look at our favorite artwork from last week:

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A few of these are going to be used to make samples of digital caricatures. That is a new item that I just added to the Etsy store so I need to bulk the sample section up there. A few of these had the names on the art as they were for a wedding party. Obviously, the names have been redacted. Well, that will do it for now. We will see you here next week and until next time, so long everybody!

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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!

Save 10% on B/W Caricatures!

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Hello once again ladies and gentleman and welcome back! Today is May 1st and that means it is time for our monthly newsletter to go out. If you haven’t already, feel free to take a second to Join the Pride! On the first day of each month, we will send you an email newsletter that features coupons and other fun news about Timid Lion! We will never share your info and you will only get one email from us per month.

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This month, we are running a sale on our Black and White Caricatures. If you use the code “BW2019” at checkout, you will save 10% on your order. This offer is only valid on black and white art, color and digital caricatures are excluded. You should definitely Join the Pride though as we have new ways to save each month! Until next time, so long everybody!

 

 

 

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

Before and After #1

Hello once again and welcome back. Monday has once again reared it’s ugly head. Hopefully you all had a fantastic weekend. I spent Saturday drawing many caricatures. Find out more info about that from our blog post last Friday. This week, I wanted to debut a new segment. I’ll look to post this every Monday. In this segment, which I am calling “Before and After”, I look at a finished piece of art as well as the sketch that inspired it.

I’ve been in the habit of always keeping a sketchbook. Sometimes, I have been disciplined enough to finish one every month. My current sketchbook has been “Live” (what I call the current book that I am trying to fill) since October 2018. I’m a little past the halfway point of filling it. Since I have gotten back into daily life drawing, it shouldn’t take long to finish it. There are many important reasons to keep a sketchbook and draw in it often. My ideals on that will come in a later blog entry.

For this first edition of “Before and After”, I pulled a piece of art that I completed back in 2017. It seems like many Moons ago. When I am doodling in my sketchbook, I often don’t think much about what will make a fun, finished piece of art. 99% of the time I am just getting ideas out of my head and onto paper. Sketchbooks can be an amazing playground for improving drawing skill as well as a place to enjoy creative freedom. This is the place to try all of the wildest ideas you can think of. The best sketchbooks are the ones filled with page after page of experimental art.

One day, while working on a tan-toned sketchbook, this gem was doodled. It was a simple piece. Just a small cartoon of a woman sipping from a cup of coffee. One of my [self-admitted] biggest flaws is my tendency to not push the animation in my characters. I’ve known this for years and it is something I try hard to work on. This piece is simple, but I loved her pose. She just seemed content. Happy with life. After the drawing was complete, I added the phrase “Pumpkin Spice is Life”. This was doodled in the fall and we were in the midst of Starbuck’s annual pumpkin spice latte craze.

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Sketch – “Pumpkin Spice is Life” – ©2017

This doodle caught my eye. As I flipped through this sketchbook, this was one that I kept returning to. Seeing as I saw something in this piece, I decided to finalize it. It was scanned and imported into Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. After several hours, I had a finished piece. It was a ton of fun adding textures and playing with colors. Once it was complete, I tweeted it to Starbucks. The hope was someone would see it and use it and pay me lots of money. That didn’t happen but I was happy with the piece nonetheless.

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“Pumpkin Spice is Life” – ©2017 – Timid Lion Digital – 8×10

For me, sketchbook art is hugely important to the artist. Not only is it a place to practice your craft, it is a place to experiment. You can do no wrong in the pages of your sketchbook and you shouldn’t be afraid to try anything. Lining the shelves in my studio are dozens of art books. What I have found is that my own sketchbooks bring me as much inspiration as any of the other art books that I own. You never know which of your ideas will spark something in you. Doodle. Have fun. Draw. Write. Even if you don’t fancy yourself an artist, go grab a cheap sketchbook and put something in it everyday. You won’t regret it. Until next time. So long everybody.

Caricatures of the Week!

Hello once again and welcome back! It’s time for the first edition of “Caricatures of the Week”! Each week I draw dozens of caricatures, be it through our Etsy page or at live events. We sell caricatures through our Etsy site and they start at just $10! You send us the photos, we draw the art and mail it to your house. It has been a ton of fun. Since we have so much content in that area, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites each Friday. It should be a fun way to end the week. You can always purchase a caricature of your own by using the links at the top of our page. Of course, we are always open for commission as well. Send us a ROAR! to get started. In the meantime, please enjoy some of the fun caricatures that were produced in the past 7 days! Until next time, so long everybody!

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