If you follow this blog or my Instagram at all, you know I love progress shots. I love to share the process of painting and making signs. Buuuuuuutttttt….tis the season of gift items. Since I’m working on few custom orders, and have been specially requested to not share those until after they are received, I’m going to be a bit quiet.
One of the things I tend to do right around Greater Sabbats (such as Samhain) is clean up my altar space. Full breakdown, clean everything with Florida water, replace as needed, reconsecrate and reconstruct. This time, I was cleaning my pentacle, and decided it was time for a refresh.
This one has been on my to-do list since I began the Animal Guides series, and I had struggled with how to present a creature who is known for camouflage.
I decided to use the deep sea as cover, and draw her in a “dark” color, but with lots of light bouncing off of her.
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!)