Happy 4th of July

Timid-Lion-Marketing-StickerHey Hey! Welcome back to the blog. Tomorrow is the 4th of July here in the US and it should be a fun holiday weekend ahead. Luckily for us, our sales have started to pick back up. Etsy went dormant for a bit and caricature gig season came to an end with the school year. However, we have started to see a pickup in sales and booked a few gigs.

My hope is to start taking a little more time with these blog posts and talking about meaningful things to art and the creative process. It will also be nice to discuss the business side of things and the link between creativity and depression/anxiety. Look for more robust posts soon.

In the meantime, if you are in the St. Louis area, feel free to come hang out with me Friday night at Pieces STL. You know Pieces, the local board game bar and grill. We always have a good time so come out and get a free caricature!

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Caricatures of the Week #9

Hey Hey! Welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog. Just a quick post this week. Here are some the best caricatures from the past week, these mostly come from PiecesSTL. If you are looking for a caricature of your own, check out our Etsy shop! You can also use the Shop link above!

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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!

Next Project!

Hey Hey and welcome back. It’s been hard trying to get back into the swing of things. I got a little too wrapped up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. My big goal moving forward is to quit lingering on projects forever and ever. There is this urge to make things “perfect” and that just doesn’t exist. I’ve been working on my first solo children’s book for over two years. Imagine how much work I could have accomplished in that time had I put forth my best effort and let it go. I’m incredibly happy with this book but creating is the goal. With my mind, I feel I need to get these projects out of my head or they will linger and drive me nuts. Soon, I will release info on how to purchase a copy of my book, “The Secret of Clean Socks”. Stay tuned for that. In the mean time, here is a sketch for my next project. This is an illustration spread for a library. It should be a lot of fun and I can already see things in my head, which is generally a good sign. Until next time, get out there and create something cool today 😀

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“Untitled” – ©2019 – Library Illustration Spread

Caricatures of the Week #7

Hey Hey! Welcome back to the Timid Lion blog. It’s been a few week’s since the last post here. I’ve been busy with caricatures and Blues hockey. The Blues took a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Final last night and so Sunday could be a big day. I’m very excited. And nervous. One more Gloria universe! Just one more Gloria!

Anywho, here are a few of my favorite caricatures over the last week or two. March-June is the busy time of year for live caricature work. From after-prom parties to wedding receptions, we are all over the place. I haven’t been able to get down to Pieces but hopefully I can get back there next week, I enjoy working there. The Etsy sales have stayed strong, this year has been busier than any other. A few projects were quite large, including a series for Washington University that featured 15 color caricatures and a 24″x36″ poster. Whew. I am officially caught up now so if you are interesting in purchasing some artwork, now is the time to jump in! Enjoy a look at our favorite caricatures, until next time, so long everybody!

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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!

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!