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As it’s been my tradition for the past few years, during the month of September I made a bunch of little gouache paintings for my #septempera challenge. This time I came nowhere near to daily, which was expected as Federico and I are finishing our comic, but all things considered I think it was a pretty decent showing.
All these are quite small (roughly 7-8 cm per side) and painted in watercolor and gouache on watercolor paper.
I’ve put some of them up as prints on my Inprnt.
We had such a great time with this challenge that we wanted to do some more in collaboration, but we didn’t take suggestions for this one (except for the Dude) and just painted things we’re both fans of instead!
The top row are my drawings, painted by Federico: the Dude Lebowski, Isaac the pirate, Doc Cochran. Painted with acrylics.
The bottom row are Federico’s drawings, painted by me: Deet, Grogro, Nadja. Painted the Grogro with acrylics, gouache for the other two.
We very much enjoy collaborating and it’s great to see how things turn out when we do, the results are always interesting and unexpected.
And here are my six images for the #sixfanarts activity from earlier this year.
Tom Waits, Mr. Badger, Gandalf, Ronan the Librarian, SkekSil, Adèle Blanc-Sec.
Earlier this year I did a few little pieces based on popular characters, for a social media thing called #sixfanarts. I chose my favorite suggestions and painted these:
The characters are: Asterix, Frodo Baggins, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mafalda, Skeletor and Snufkin.
All of them were painted with acrylic inks, it was a great excuse to experiment and do some pressure-free art and get rid of some of the quarantine mental cobwebs.
Paintings I made for last year’s #septempera, experimenting with incorporating more watercolor and working transparently before adding gouache.
“Wild he was; a very sight of sights to see; yet I began to feel myself mysteriously drawn towards him.”Herman Melville
A collaborative take on Moby Dick with Victoria. This was our contribution to From Hell’s Heart: An Illustrated Celebration of Herman Melville, a fantastic book curated by John Arcudi and chock-full of inspiring art.
A few of my favorite gouache paintings I made for the #septempera challenge from last year — a (semi) daily gouache painting challenge I started in 2017. I probably won’t manage to do it this year, but I’ll miss it for sure.
Barbarians don’t read, they raid! …or do they?
Ronan the Librarian is a lovely, funny picture book written by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie that I had the immense pleasure to illustrate. A love letter to books, libraries and librarians, I couldn’t have asked for a better fit — I loved working on this story!