It’s true. Here’s a gif version of another Easter card I made this spring. You know how, if you look at a word long enough, it starts looking really weird and not really like a word at all? Well, the visual equivalent of that happened with me and bunny nose twitches while I was making this gif. I watched so many nose twitch videos that those little bunny noses started looking like impossible alien beings, operating in a way that no earthly piece of anatomy has any business operating. I don’t know that all my watching did any good, either. This animation business requires a kind of patience that I may or may not possess. I’ve been slowly collecting the gifs I’ve been making over on tumblr, so you can judge for yourself.
The last time I posted, I was complaining about my inability to escape drawing cutesy things. I had actually forgotten about writing that until just now when I came to post some new stuff. Guys. It’s gotten worse. Maybe it’s hard to do an edgy Easter card. Easter’s supposed to be cute, right? Anyway, I was getting ready for the One of a Kind Show and realised that none of my cards were especially Easterish, so this lamb happened. In other news, I’ve been back from the show for a week now, and the standing for five days straight soreness has finally gone away. This was my biggest and longest show, by far, and it was super fun and successful. A special hello to everyone I met there!
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve entered a Spoonflower challenge, but when I saw all of the inventive “mythical plushies” popping up on instagram, I decided to join in the fun. Of course, I didn’t decide until the very last day that I would enter, so I have to admit to doing a bit of a rush job on this guy and submitting him at the (literal) last second. Now I’m having a bit of procrastinator’s regret, because his face is driving me nuts. It’s just so…. cute! Between him and my valentine chipmunk, I think I have a cavity. I wonder what can get me out of my cute rut.
It’s February 3rd, thank goodness. All three of my kids and my husband are sick with a stomach virus, and I fell asleep last night with visions of waking up in the morning to another Groundhog Day of endless moaning and clean up. I posted this animated version of my Groundhog Day drawing to my tumblr yesterday morning when Groundhog Day looked like it was going to be an extra-fun snow day. Oh the innocence…
The theme for December and January’s loop de loop happened to be faces. I had already made this loop, so I added a lot more frames to make it smoother before submitting it. It used to look really choppy, but now it just looks like I have a wriggly caterpillar for a mouth, so I’m not sure which is better. I have a few drawings that I’m very slowly animating here and there when I have a few minutes – if only because my tumblr is looking pretty lame with only two loops so far. A lot of my time these days has been occupied with filling orders from my shop and building up stock for upcoming shows. Until the end of March, I’ll be freaking out about getting ready for the One of a Kind Show in Toronto. For pics of my show prep and products and stuff, check out my instagram. Let me harass you from all social media outlets!!!
I had never encountered a fairy ring until a couple of months ago. During my morning “run” (aka mushroom spotting and moss examining) through the forest, I spotted a cluster of cute little mushrooms… then another… hey! there’s a line… wait! what?! A fairy ring!!!!! Upon further investigation, I found two intersecting rings – a fairy figure eight, if you will. I took my camera back the next morning to document my find, but, mysteriously, the battery was dead even though I had just charged it! Coincidence? I think not. By the next day, the mushrooms had become slug fodder, I guess, and the ring was impossible to make out the fallen leaves. Or maybe it just claimed a victim and disappeared.