I should have been working on my Riverbed drawing but I fell down a DIY rabbit hole last week and this is what I came up with; a handmade pocket journal featuring some of my art.
I’ve been fascinated with the idea of creating my own books and paper goods for a while now. It started with the handmade greeting cards and now I’m delving into bookbinding, or more precisely booklet binding. I’m not all into the glue and thread deal…yet. Right now I’m just working with what I got on hand which is just paper, cardstock and staples. Although I did purchase for myself a cute corner puncher to get those nicely rounded corners for a finishing touch. I only got two sets of these available in store for now but I definitely plan on making more of these with different illustrated covers so be on the look out for more artistic paper goods that can fit into your pockets. 😀
Meet Winky, Sleepy and Pedro, three penguins I’ve had the pleasure of spending the weekend with to create this holiday card. I had been thinking about making some holiday cards for a while and initially I had my mind set on squirrels but then I saw a video on penguins and magically these cute little characters snuck their way into my sketchbook, then to my drawing board and then they took over my computer, cutting board and paper supplies. We’ve been up inking, scanning, measuring, cutting and gluing things together into the late hours for three nights straight. There are so many little details that go into making cards yourself that their simple appearance betrays. But we pulled it together and I now have a few sets handmade cards available in store. I hope Winky, Sleepy and Pedro come visit me sometime before Valentine’s Day. Maybe we can pull something together again. 😊
With “Antelope Spirits” now complete I’m ready to get back to drawing now. Currently I don’t have anything specific in mind, I just know I want to curl up on my couch with my mechanical pencil and a sketchbook and see what comes out. Along with wanting to get back to scribbling on some paper I’ve also been tossing around the idea of doing another little art zine, this time filled with well drawn out sketches and maybe even adding in some prose or micro stories. I’ve done one once before a few years back which you can glimpse a few pages of down below.
Zines (short for magazine) are a neat DIY way of self publishing. If you have a printer, a stapler and some paper you can pretty much create your own zine. And they’re pretty fun to make if you have the patience to put one together. I can see myself doing a few more in the future but for now the idea I have in mind will probably be a long term project, so in the meantime I have some sketching, writing and planning to do. 😊
I keep a list of art ideas for those moments where I’m not inspired by anything new to create. This design for my next lino carving is from that list. It’s called a Chiwara, an antelope figure of the Bambara people of Mali, that represents the spirit that taught humans the fundamentals of agriculture. There’s two different styles of the Chiwara, one is of a male antelope featuring curved horns and the other is of a female antelope featuring straight horns with a baby antelope. The one I’ve drawn here is female with a few personal stylized additions that are similar to the male version. The Chiwara is one of the handful of designs I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo of but have been far too much of a chicken to go through with it. Maybe one day I’ll get brave and get that tattoo. For now though, I’ll just enjoy making a carving out of it. 😌
For my first piece back to lino carving, I think this turned out pretty decent. I’m not quite ready to get back to doing pointillism just yet, so I’m currently mulling over a new design for another carving, so stay tuned. 😊