Over the last week I’ve worked on the Red Tailed Hawk sign in production. One thing I’ve noticed is that with these more organic styles, each sign is truly unique. We aren’t talking about a mild change of alignment or color shift.
‘Tis the season for me to be gifting! As such my next item in the Animal Series was a design featuring an Animal Guide of my dear friend, Jeanne: The Hawk. I chose a Red-Tailed Hawk, as they are common in the area where we live.
My lady and I had a complicated start to our relationship, so we picked a day to call our “anniversary” and it’s coming up. She has a fascination with Disney Villans, with Ursula the Sea Witch being her favorite. She does the “Poor Unfortunate Souls” number regularly at Karaoke nights, and often dresses the part. What could be a better accent than some Flotsam and Jetsam earrings?
Recently I started working on my animal guides series and a few things have come out of this. First of all, I find that I am using a more painterly style with these signs, which is not evident in the Illustrator illustrations, so I’m debating about how to present these in the Zazzle store (if at all).
My lady is a part of the Ohio Renaissance Festival family, specifically, she portrays one of the Fiendish Sisters, Fizz Fiendish. As one of three Official Witches of Willy Nilly, she and her “sisters” are responsible for the making of Whiskey in the village. Then they offer a tasting at the Festival and do a show, and accept tips for their efforts. In the age of COVID, they are accepting digital tips (yeah, I know that’s not very 1572, but it is what it is!) and she asked me to prepare a sign for them.
Getting started with the first completed design for the “Animal Guides” series. This series was inspired by the “Save the Bees” Protest Hex sign. The Bee sign is kind of a crossover, as it could be seen as an Animal Guide sign (please let me know if that is your intention, as I will do a slightly different blessing for that purpose!)
I decided to work on the Save the Bees design next, as it has gotten a lot of positive reaction. It’s cute, not quite so overtly political, and the colors are terrific.
Since the Black Lives Matter movement was a primary motivator in my starting on this project (which morphed into a major new direction in my work/life balance!) I decided this should be the next set that I hand-paint for sale. As with all of the Protest Hex project, giving back is important. A portion of the profits from this will go to a local “bail fund” to support BLM protestors.