Posts Tagged ‘print’

Holiday Sale at my Etsy store! Badbird’s Art.

Monday, November 18th, 2013
 
Blue Quail by Andrea Zuill

Blue Quail by Andrea Zuill

Holiday time… again! Didn’t we just go through this?  Well, anyway I ‘m having a sale at my Etsy store:  Badbird’s Art 

20%  off of everything you order.  All you have to do is place your order and enter this code:  BADBIRDHOLIDAYSALE  during checkout.  (The 20% discount does NOT include shipping.)

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Nothing should hold you back. Drawing with flaws.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

 

 

Many future artist/illustrators hold themselves back by feeling that there is some great deficit in their skills. If you have ever said, “I can never be an artist because I can’t even draw a straight line”,  please get someone to kick your butt for me. Who cares about straight lines?  I sure don’t!  You can’t draw perspective? So what! Wacky perspective is fun! The most important thing is to relax and be your old weird drawing self.

Here are some of my “weaknesses”.

First, I can’t draw a whole scene. I have to put it together in pieces.

Second, I can’t draw figures facing to the right. They always have to face to the left. No problem. I just scan it into Illustrator and make a mirror image. I can actually think of a dozen ways to correct this problem without using the computer.

Third, my perspective is pretty weak.  So, I just get it close enough, and people think it’s charming.

So there, no more excuses.  Just draw.

And, by the way, the illustration above was made using pieces of the sketch below.  This is my extra special art secret, so don’t tell anybody.

Feeding the new kitty.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

New Postcard

Monday, January 14th, 2013

 Well, it’s time for a new postcard. 

I had an idea that I wanted to go with, which is  of a cat-loving little girl with an annoyed cat.   I wanted the girl to be totally ecstatic. I wanted the cat to look like that if given the chance he would murder the little girl, and for fun, everyone else in the world.

 Now, there is nothing wrong with this sample postcard above but it wasn’t extreme enough.  My drawing style is very controlled in this image. (Oh, and thanks Charles for letting me know that whatnot is one word.)

So, I tried to relax.  I still knew I wanted the girl in particular to be much muchier, and chubby.  As I drew I started to see a character developing that enjoyed.  

In the final image I opened her mouth to add to her ecstasy in having a kitty.  Instead of inking in the drawing I scanned in the pencil sketch.  I tried to not clean it up too much.   I think it works.

I would like to thank my sister and my daughter, former love-that-cat-to-death children, for their inspiration.  Not to fear though, my adult sister and daughter are now loved by cats far and wide.

A Christmas Dog.

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Our dog is a Christmas dog. We try to hold off letting him know that it’s holiday time because he can get  intense.

Every year he gets the same three presents.  A large hard plastic ball w/ holes cut into it to reveal yet another ball inside, a small throwing ball, and a hedgehog that snorts and squeaks.

He has acquired the knowledge that during the holiday season people buy presents that they carry in shopping bags decorated for Christmas.  He also believes that the odds are in his favor that the shopping bags carried by strangers might contain a present for him .  It’s a number’s thing.

Unfortunately, one of our favorite parks to walk in is next to a mall.  There was a “incident” with my dog and some teens carrying home their Christmas shopping.  Luckily they got off with just a Nose mugging. (major sniffing)

My dog thinks that babies are boring.  He has no interest in them until Christmas because, let’s face it, stealing a present from a baby is like stealing candy from a baby.

And babies don’t  know how to play with a Busy Box properly. (I got him a Simon Game from a thrift store one year.  He loved it until it broke in about 10 minutes.)

 

On Christmas morning we have to make sure that our furry boy gets one of his presents first.  Otherwise we have a lot of whining and nose pushing.  His technique for opening a present is almost surgical.  He really would rather not tear the paper.  I’d like to believe that he appreciates the effort we took to wrap him a pretty package.

Since he doesn’t like destroying the wrapping paper, if a present is too difficult to open he will whine until we start it for him.

Once his presents are open he is in doggy heaven with the same 3 toys we have gotten him almost every year.  We have tried other toys and snacks too, but apparently they were yucky.

For at least an hour on Christmas morning we have this (see below).

Like I said, he’s in doggy heaven.

 

 

Fancy that, a Dachshund!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I guess you saw this one coming.

It’s feeling a bit warm and puggy.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Pugs it is!

English Bulldog

Monday, August 13th, 2012

I felt like doing some dog art.  The image above is of an English Bulldog, obviously.  They really crack me up. 

I think I’ll do a Dachshund next.