Incase you are feeling lonely... don't.
This year I have been doing pretty good at keeping up with Inktober - the drawing challenge started by comics artist Jake Parker which challenges artists to create an ink drawing everyday during the month of October. I don't post every single day but most days I do. You can follow along with me on Instagram or browse #inktober2016 to see other artists work.
Attention Artist & Conservationists:
We are requesting your participation in a social media campaign to raise awareness against rhino and pangolin poaching. Rhinos and pangolins are being poached in record numbers to supply an increasing black market demand for their horns and scales (which are made from the same proteins as our toenails). On World Rhino Day we plan to speak out. Join with us and lend your talent to support this important cause.
THE PROJECT BRIEF
Please draw either a rhino or a pangolin. Replace the rhino horn or pangolin scales with toenail / nail clippings. GROSS! We know. But that visceral reaction you just had... that is the point. These animals are being killed in masses so people can ingest horns and scales that are made of the same materials as our toenails. We want to gross them out!
A few simple rules:
1. Please do not post until September 22nd, International Rhino Day, as close as possible to 9am EST (convert to your time zone). We want to flood social media.
2. Our main focus is Instagram so please post there. Square images work best on Instagram. You can share on other social media outlets too!
3. Please use all of the following hashtags (many are in Vietnamese and Chinese):
#justGiantToenails #sátcánhcùngtêgiác #ourhornisnotmedicine #WorldRhinoDay #savethepangolin #穿山甲 #犀牛 #contete #contêtê
You are welcome to add your own hashtags. Additional suggestions below:
#StopKillingForToenails #stopEatingToenails #iam4rhinos #WorldRhinoDay #sátcánhcùngtêgiác #selfievitegiac #wildlifeconservation #stoppoaching #worthmorealive #ourhornisnotmedicine #rhino #pangolin #InternationalRhinoDay #rhinoceros #contêgiác #犀牛 #SavetheRhinoVietnam #pangolin #contêtê #穿山甲 #selfievitegiac #ourscalesarenotmedicine #vietnambemyhero
4. Feel free to use your existing artwork and just replace/cover the horn or scales with nail clippings.
5. Please share with other artists who may be interested in participating.
If you are interested in receiving reminder emails for this project sign up here.
On rare occasions I will create a drawing that I am totally pleased with. I know this because gazing upon said drawing feels like looking into a mirror reflecting back exactly whats is in my heart & brain. This is one of those times people! A tiny rufous & black elephant shrew and some snouty ink lettering.
Starting tomorrow I'll be participating in the 100 day project. You can follow along as I draw comics via my Instagram at @feral_pony_illustration
The project was started by Elle Luna and the idea is to do a small creative something everyday for 100 days and share as you go along.
I decided to use the 100 day project to work in a more focused way on my comics starring insectivores like bats and shrews. I've been working on these on the edges of time and sketchbooks for awhile and have bunches of sketches and ideas. I plan to spend my 100 days really developing the characters and story, drawing panels that include all the interiors and backgrounds that I prefer to ignore, and hopefully completing and inking a story as you watch.
I've toyed around with making comics since junior high. In high school my best friend and I created a collaborative comic about a punk rock zombie girl who attacked jocks while they were drinking in the woods. Hmm, maybe we should bring that one back now that zombies are so popular ;) But I've always shied away from dedicating myself to bringing any of my comic ideas to completion. I am actually not sure I can do it. It's funny after 15 years or so working as an artist to admit you are actually kinda insecure and a bit afraid to try something. I mean I've tackled bunches of critiques, museum shows, various mediums, various styles, teaching, a career change from gallery artist to illustrator, a realistic portrait of a heron... why does this give me pause?
Well, it involves a lot of the things I think I stink at. My weaknesses include commitment, getting easily bored with drawing backgrounds, and a nagging fear about my ability to convincingly draw the same character over and over. (no you should totally still hire me!)
So we shall see how this all plays out! I'm making the public commitment to focus on this specific project which is near and dear to me but often gets swept under the rug as other opportunities arise.
It should be lots of fun to follow along with the 100 day projects of other artists and makers too! The official hashtag is #the100dayproject and the hashtag for my 100 days is #100daysof mammalcomics but I warn you in advance there will be some insects in there too. Who can commit to a hashtag that also sounds clever and concise for 100 days after all?
Are you participating in #the100dayproject too? Let me know in the comments so I can follow you!
I'm very glad to be part of a 2-person exhibition at iMOCA / Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art that runs through March 20.
The exhibition Animal Umwelt brings together the work of Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer as well as select works from the Endangered Species Print Project, which the two artists conceived in 2009.
If you are in Indianapolis or up for a day-trip from Chicago I hope you can check it out. My friend Jenny Kendler is the other artist in the exhibiton
Jenny and I co-founded Endangered Species Print Project together. We were happy to have a selection of prints we created for the project along with the work of several ESPP guest artists displayed at iMOCA as well.
Obviously I have nothing but good things to say about this wonderful exhibition :) You can read more about the show here.
I'm excited to announce that my first piece for Minted is now live on minted.com. Minted holds monthly design challenges and voters rate the best pieces in a highly competitive process. The winning pieces are produced and sold in the Minted collection.
I entered my watercolor painting of a pronghorn in an art print competition held by Minted and Domino magazine. The pronghorn is available as a high quality art print in a variety of sizes and framing options.
You can visit my store on Minted by clicking here. I'll be adding new products in the months to come so please stay tuned!
Due to popular request from my wonderful ESPP customers I am excited announce that Endangered Species Print Project is offering holiday cards for the very first time!
I created the two watercolor paintings that are used for the cards. The charming Vancouver Island Marmots which was one of my very first paintings for ESPP and a brand new painting of an enigmatic Galapagos penguin.
One dollar of every box of cards sold is donated to conservation efforts. Pretty awesome!
The cards are printed locally here in Chicago and bundled with envelopes made from sustainable forests.
Find out more about the cards in the ESPP shop!
I'm excited to say that I am now a Minted designer and will have my own store on Minted.com next month. My antelope painting is one of the pieces chosen by Minted & Domino Magazine in an online art challenge.
I'll update you all when my Minted store is open, Mr. Antelope is available, and as I launch some exciting new products in the months to come.