Friday, August 30, 2013

Monarch Butterflies

Last spring I did some sketches of monarchs and the beautiful pattern on their wings. I scanned the sketch and turned it into the vector image above in Illustrator.

This week I reworked the sketch in Photoshop and came up with a new colour combination that I like: 

This is available from my society6 shop: here. Below is some of the process work that looks kinda cool.

I always wanted to experiment with different colour combinations for this piece and I've finally had some time to try it out. The possibilities are endless and so much fun to play around with, here are a few:

- Pat

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lionfish Project

Here's a fun little project that I did last week: a logo and a label for an imaginary product. One of our ongoing sources of inspiration, James Gurney, posted a contest on his amazing blog: gurneyjourney.blogspot - to come up with a design for a shampoo bottle based on the beautiful but deadly lionfish using an art nouveau style. The logo is available from my society6 shop.

- Pat

Friday, August 23, 2013

My favourite printers: Colourgenics

I have tried many printers around Toronto and my favourite by far is Colourgenics. The quality of their work is unbeatable and always reliable. I recommend their printing services for sure, but what makes them unique is their scanning. They use an uberscanner to reproduce any media of any dimension at museum-level quality.

(Click to view full size.)

I was visiting their site recently and was pleased to see that they've featured my feedback about their work after my last scan.

- Pat

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Inspiration Post: Rembrandt Bugatti

Rembrandt Bugatti (younger brother of Ettore Bugatti) was a sculptor of animals, prolific during his short life. He believed strongly in sculpting from life, and frequented zoos in Paris and Antwerp as sources for animal models. His sculptures demonstrate tremendous knowledge of animal behaviour, locomotion, and anatomy. His work shows a vitality and confidence that seems to speak of his life-sculpting technique.

His work is a reminder (much needed) to strive to work from life – the work has a lovely sense of immediacy and clarity.

You can find more images of his remarkable work at: (link)

- Liz

Friday, August 9, 2013

Scarlet Fire

Here are the next two pieces in the Dead Project series. They are based on the Grateful Dead songs: Scarlet Begonias and Fire on the Mountain. Like the other pieces in this series, these are done in pen and ink and then scanned and coloured in Photoshop.

Here is the Dead performing Fire on the Mountain in 1978.

- Pat

Luna, Wonder-Bun

Some pictures of Luna, the studio bun, being a kook.

Luna has heterochromia (different coloured eyes). 
This is her right eye, which is dark brown... and her crazy face.

This is her grey eye. 

Luna lounging around.

- Liz

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Inspiration Post: Erwin S. Christman

We'll be making a few posts that highlight artists that inspire our work. First is E. S. Christman, an often overlooked artists who specialized in paleontological restorations.

Erwin S. Christman worked for the American Museum of Natural History during the early part of the last century. He created drawings of specimens in the fossil collection along with restoration drawings and sculptures. The work he produced showed great sensitivity in his various techniques.

His work encourages me to strive for greater accuracy, detail and understanding; it serves as a reminder of how much learning and skill there is to gain.

Christman sculpting a model brontothere. 

To learn more about this artist, check out image records of Christman at the AMNH (link).

- Liz