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!

Before and After #2!

Hello once again ladies and gentlemen and welcome back. Last week, I started a new weekly series here called “Before and After“. This is where I show a sketch and a final product of a piece of art I have worked on. Let’s jump into this week’s art.

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Here we see a sketch that I roughed out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character, “Donatello”. He was my Mom’s favorite, I was more of a Michaelangelo kid myself. Plus, orange is my favorite color. Back in 2017, I decided to do a set of character designs featuring my take on the Ninja Turtles. After roughing out the sketch, I imported this into Illustrator and created this final version:

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For a while, I got into a digital kick where I would take my sketches and create 100% digital finals. I’ve since gone back to doing a “neo-traditional style”. That includes mixing digital and traditional mediums. Until next time, so long everybody!

Caricatures of the Week #2

Hello once again everyone and welcome back! It’s Friday and that means it is time for the Caricatures of the Week! As I said in last week’s post, this will be a regular weekly gimmick here on the blog. I’ll be continually looking for new content and with as many caricatures as I draw every week, this just seemed like a natural fit.

Last week, I had my regular weekly/bi-weekly night of drawing at Pieces in St. Louis as well as an overnight lock-in for high school seniors. I was able to sleep all day Saturday so staying up overnight wasn’t as big of an ordeal as I thought it would be. I’ve selected a few from each of those gigs as well as a few of our Etsy store sales. You can always purchase a caricature for yourself over at Etsy. Art starts at just $10! Until next time, so long everybody 🙂

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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.

Future Projects Files

Hey Hey! Welcome back to another week here at the Timid Lion blog. I thought today I would start the week off by taking a peek into the future projects files. On my computer, I keep a folder labelled “Future Projects”. In that folder are scans from my sketchbook that I want to turn into finished pieces. Near my computer desk is a tower of milk crates where I keep my old sketchbooks. My goal is always to finish one sketchbook per month but it can be a difficult goal to achieve.

I digress. Here is a project from the future projects files that will be fun to work on. It is a character design based on a photo of me when I was 5 years old. I had just gotten a Nintendo Entertainment System for my birthday and I was playing Super Mario Bros. I’m still a huge Mario fan, I just completed Super Mario Odyssey a month ago. I still need to gather enough coins to purchase the remaining suits/hats/moons, but I’ll get there. Do you have a future projects box? What’s in it? I’d love to hear from you on this. Until next time, so long everybody!

 

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Future Project titled, “NES ’90”.

Sketch Time! – It’s Me :)

Hello once again ladies and gentlemen and welcome back! Occasionally, I will post sketches here. Today was a rough day mentally. I’m not sure if it is an artist thing or what but there are some days where I just don’t feel great. It is like there is a little man in my head bullying me at every turn. Nothing seems to feel good. I’ve tried exercising. Twice. I’ve tried being productive and working on caricatures that I need to mail for Etsy customers. I’ve worked on my book. It’s been rough. Well, I’ll keep trying. Here is little sketch that I did when I was drawing caricatures at Pieces last week. It’s a self-cartoon 🙂 Maybe I’ll clean him up some day. You can never have too many self-cartoons 😀 Until next time, so long everybody!

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It’s me! – Self Cartoon 2019