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Illustration Friday: Ruckus would make a good cat name

Illustration Friday: Ruckus would make a good cat name

Ruckus: “a disturbance or commotion”, says the dictionary. My first thought about this week’s Illustration Friday’s theme was that Ruckus would make a great cat name. I imagined an image full of destroyed carpets, knocked down plants, and other pecadillos cat owners know too well, but…

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Sketchbook doodles: connected dots

Sketchbook doodles: connected dots

This week’s project started with a doodle that’s been appearing twice in my sketchbook recently: long continuous lines of connected dots. I thought it would make a nice pattern, so I created one, but I wasn’t completely convinced. I did notice that it was accidentally…

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Wire and fabric: Jasper the Dog

Wire and fabric: Jasper the Dog

Surprise, no illustration or pattern today. I had so much fun with an exercise for the class Year of the Spark that I made it my project for this week. The object of the exercise: creating an animal shape with wire (not unlike a drawing…

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Flying bunnies pattern, or to each her own obsessions

Flying bunnies pattern, or to each her own obsessions

Can you believe I’ve been obsessed with flying bunnies for almost a decade? I can’t remember how the idea first popped into my mind, but I certainly remember how it became an obsession: I blame Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. More accurately,…

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Illustration Friday: a dark, moody Metropolis

Illustration Friday: a dark, moody Metropolis

This week’s theme on Illustration Friday was too tempting to resist: Metropolis. It’s hard to read that word without immediately thinking about Fritz Lang’s movie, isn’t it? I didn’t even try to snap out of that influence, and aimed from the start to create a dark, vintage-inspired image. Almost to…

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A random map pattern that would get you lost in the subway

A random map pattern that would get you lost in the subway

This week’s repeat pattern reminds me of a subway map, but without the efficiency and the leading-you-somewhere part. I was inspired by the work of Janice Caswell (the images on her site are so tiny I’d recommend making a Google image search on her name to get…

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Illustration: Frida Kahlo and pets

Illustration: Frida Kahlo and pets

I don’t know if this week’s project needs a lot of explanations: it’s a portrait inspired by the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who is often represented with animals, on her paintings as well as on real-life pictures of her. I have represented her several times…

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