Reduce, reuse, recycle. There is much wisdom in those three words.
I’m all about not re-inventing the wheel, so I love to reuse old designs and turn them into something shiny and new. I also enjoy the creative challenge it brings. For instance, a couple of years ago (April 2018 to be exact, thanks Facebook) I drew this chameleon in my sketchbook.
It was for a 100 Day Challenge I had embarked upon — to draw one animal everyday for 100 days. I still have sketchbooks full of animal drawings that I actually really like, but have not had time to scan and polish. This week, I pulled up my old chameleon friend and played with him on my iPad, mostly in the evenings while watching The Night Manager.
This is where we landed.
I’m please enough to call him finished.
It's a new year! A new decade even. But you already knew that.
You're going to roll your eyes at me, but yes I am already getting ready for Valentine's Day. Every holiday I like to have a fresh design. For Christmas I had my alpaca (everyone calls it a llama and I've just stopped correcting them), and this Valentine's Day I decided to go anatomical.
I didn't know where I was headed, at first I thought I wanted to go less cutesy and do something with a dinosaur and an anotomical heart... so I sketched out both.
I couldn't quite decide how the two should go together. So I've decided to save that T-Rex for another day and focused in on the heart.
I'm super close to being done with it. It ended up more on the cutesy side, but I'm enjoying it.
I hope to polish it up this week, and then have it available as cards and stickers and such very soon.
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