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!

2019-Timid-Lion-Pieces-Flyer

 

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!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Secret of Clean Socks!

socks-spread-0-cover
“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!

Black and White Caricatures are Back!

Hey Hey! Happy Monday, hopefully everyone had a great weekend. We just realized that our black and white caricature option was listed as sold out on our Etsy store. We apologize for the inconvenience. That being said, we are back in business. If you were looking to make a purchase, head on over and grab one! Our 10% off code for Father’s Day is still in use until June 30th, make sure you take advantage!

timidlion-ad-2019-6

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 😀

PTDC0005
“Untitled” – ©2019 – Library Illustration Spread

Grab A Custom Caricature!

Hey Hey! Welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog. Recently, we have seen an increase in our Etsy sales and we are closing in on 300 total sales. We would love to cross that threshold and keep moving up! If you are looking for a custom gift, feel free to check out our store. Not only do we create custom caricatures, we are open for custom commissioned illustrations as well. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know. Send us a ROAR! and we will roar back!

timidlion-ad-2019-6

Let’s Go Blues!

Hey Hey and welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog! Today, I wanted to talk about the St. Louis Blues. I know, I know. Everyone is tired of my posts about the Blues. While I have been posting quite a bit about the team, I can’t help it. I’m excited! I’ve been a Blues fan since the early-90s and them winning their first Stanley Cup is something I wasn’t sure I would ever see.

I started watching the Blues back in 1995. Brett Hull was in his prime, Al MacInnis was a new Blue and we were on the verge of trading for Wayne Gretzky. It was a great time to be a St. Louis Blues fan. A year before, my Mom bought NHL ’94 for the Super Nintendo. I’m not sure how I ended up getting the game as I had never watched hockey. My Mom was a very generous and giving person. She would get paid every two weeks and she would always take my family out to eat and then we would go shopping afterwards. She wasn’t a big spender, we would mostly get items we needed for the house and an occasional splurge. She was always willing to buy my brother and I something, as long as it wasn’t too expensive. So, I’m assuming that during one of our shopping trips, we spotted NHL ’94 in the discount bin. She wouldn’t have had an issue getting it for us.

80809-nhl-94-snes-front-cover.jpg
NHL ’94 – SNES Box Art – Courtesy of Moby Games

This is one of my favorite video games of all time. I’m assuming that I received this game in 1994. The game was released in October 1993 for the SNES, but as I mentioned, I’m sure we would have gotten this much later from the discount rack. This was my first intro to hockey. I’m from St. Louis so I played as the Blues. Right away, I fell in love with the game and the sport. It was quick paced and the simple idea of putting the puck into the net was easy to understand. Back then, local television station, KPLR 11 had broadcast rights to some Blues games. The television my brother and I used didn’t have cable. But I began watching games on KPLR during the 1995 season. We would later have cable installed on that television as well. That allowed me to watch many more games.

KPLR.jpg
KPLR LOGO – 1990 – 1998 – Recreated by Timid Lion

My first season saw the Blues make it to the Western Conference Semifinals against the (mid-90’s juggernaut) Detroit Red Wings team. As good as they were, the Blues made it to Game 7, double overtime. They were one goal away from going to the Western Conference Final when Steve Yzerman scored on Jon Casey. That goal ended the season and welcomed me to Blues hockey. It also brought about my disdain for the Red Wings. They aren’t as hated anymore as they have since moved to the Eastern Conference. We only play them twice per season. Admittedly, I would love to face the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final someday.

Fast forward 25 years and we are in the 2018-2019 season. I won’t recap the entire year for the Blues. Suffice to say, they were in last place in the league on January 3rd. They mounted an amazing comeback which culminated with them beating the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, lifting the Cup for the first time. It’s been amazing and I still don’t believe it. Hockey fans are a superstitious bunch so you aren’t really allowed to talk about winning the Cup, in fear of jinxing it. I’ve fallen into that trap before, although it doesn’t really matter. What will be, will be. However, now that they have won, I can finally produce a cartoon of myself hoisting the Cup. Oh Baby, how sweet it is. Let’s Go Blues!

Otis-Stanley-Cup-2019
“The Wait Is Over” – ©2019