Three Cats and a Bontebok, Totally Fancy

Three Cats and a Bontebok
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liner, gel pens

Pierre Gruyere, Ragdoll Prince with Royal Ward, and Duchess Bontebok. I may need to dial back on the ruffs. Sometimes they come out much better than other times! But I do not feel the same about the snood (the hairnet kinda thing on the Duchess). Partly because it’s called a SNOOD. Next time perhaps there’ll be a wimple!

Lots of progress pics! I’ve been asked several times how I do the slideshows. It is a free* WordPress plugin called “Portfolio Slideshow”.  I have been using it for almost two years and I like it. Though I’ve been thinking I should do a video.

(Bontebok reference photo.) Thanks for dropping in!

*Of course if you find a plugin useful, it sure is nice to give them a donation.

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The Princess Violet, Sheep and Songwriter

Princess Violet and Fiona Riona Bologna
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

The Princess Violet was a difficult sheep child, a source of rarely ending exasperation for Fiona, her governess. When feeling particularly cheeky or impatient with her studies, Violet would sing little songs about a wise old fruit seller called Fiona Riona Bologna who sometimes played matchmaker to a succession of curious characters in a small Italian village.

Copic marker art cards for Paint Party Friday. Thanks for dropping in!

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Cats and Dogs and Poofs and Plans, Oh My!

The Princess of Whispers
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, uni PIN pens, Staedtler pens, Uniball Signo

Are we sick of animals in fancy clothes yet? We are not! Or at least, I am not! And I hope you are not! These are all the recent ones:

Fancy Dress Dogs and Cats, the First Eight
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen on Bristol

So, quite a long time ago (it seems!) I started the Art Card Dogs project. Holy cow I just checked and I haven’t added to it for over a  year. Maybe this summer I can finally get it together and make a poster/bath sheet/bedspread/shower curtain/car seats (or who knows!) out of some of these art card collections. Unfortunately, summertime is busy time at my job (construction industry), but as my life keep reminding me, I am not getting younger!

Thanks so much for dropping in! All suggestions regarding merchandising are most welcome!

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Lord Stinkeye Chihuahua, Pen and Ink

Lord Stinkeye
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

A fine person called Sarah (The WonderStrumpet!) posted a pic of her dog Tigi in a discussion about fancy clothes, so it seemed clear she was hoping he would end up in some. And so he  has. (Though his nose is too big in my version, arrrgh.)

Side-by-Side Chihuahuas
Two photos by Sarah, with Lord Stinkeye between
(Also, I cropped the photos.) :)

Not too bad! He doesn’t look like a Stinkeye, but perhaps he was more ornery in a misspent youth. (And to be fair, she didn’t say he WAS a stink eye. Only that he gave her one. And who hasn’t given a stink eye or two?)

Hello to Paint Party Friday! And one more thing. I made a Flickr set of fancy clothes (human and beast) Woo!

 

 

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Greyhounds in Fancy Clothes

 

Two Fancy Dogs, One Fancy Cat
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

The Conspirators: Francella of the House Tangerine (above left) and Svetlana Luis,  granddaughter to the king (above right).

The Hired Gun: Tee Wumpus, i.e. Cat Tee Wumpus (center). Engineering, Small Arms and Martial Arts expert. One of the few cats willing to work with Greyhounds, for a very steep fee.

The Target: High Security Vault in the red zone, housing the clandestine art gallery of Svetlana’s family. Rumored to also hold the missing Bee Sculpture Collection of the House Tangerine.

All kinds of intrigue around here! Thanks for stopping in!

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Love Triangle, Fancy Feline Edition

Lady Hisst
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers, uni PIN pens, gel pen

You may remember Lady Mrowr from just a few days ago. This is her sister and rival, Lady Hisst. Both are currently vying for the affections of Sir Thom Kyatten, Duke of Dandelion (below).

Lady Mrowr, Lady Hisst, and Sir Thom Kyatten, Duke of Dandelion
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

I know I was hooked on themed mermaids just a short week ago, but I may be switching to animals in elegant attire for a while. Super fun, you should try it. :)

Submitted to Paint Party Friday! Happy PPF! Thanks for dropping in!

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Fancy Dress Animals, Their Time Has Come (Again)

Lady Mrowr, three stages
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Lady Mrowr is my latest and favorite fancy-dress art card. She is a cat similar to a Peterbald type (with somewhat narrower ears). And now I think I will do a whole bunch of animals in fancy clothes ATCs*. (She was done a couple weeks ago but hadn’t made it to the blog yet!)

I included some earlier dressed animals below.

Four Animals in Fancy Dress (click to enlarge)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Here we have Harrington with Ascot, The Theurgist Tarabelle, Fox Maiden and Vincent Mundy. You probably know by now that I really like to name things. The two dogs above are probably my favorite dogs. (And they still live at my house!)

Thanks for stopping in!

*ATCs – Artist Trading Cards, size 2.5″ x 3.5″. Lots of folks sell and trade em!

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A Last Batch of Mermaids. Probably.

Submitting to Paint Party Friday even though it’s pen and ink. Because I hope to be inspired by PPF people and get back to painting for next week. :)

Android Mermaid
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Yes, it’s totally more themed mermaids. Whether this is the end of them remains to be seen!

Nola, a Pirate Mermaid, and Mermaid Marie
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

These last three are probably my favorites. Also the 1970s Vampire Mermaid. Here’s the whole bunch. (Including that albino mermaid. I can’t decide about it.)

Nine Mermaids (click to enlarge)
March 2014, The Slumbering Herd

Thanks for stopping in!

 

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Cyborg of the Demon Witch Sisters

Submitted to “Red” at Illustration Friday.

Cyborg of the Demon Sea Witches (click to enlarge)
Two 2.5″ x 3.5″ art cards in Copics and fine liners

Mrs. Thurston’s fourth-grade class was reading about Hobbits. It was nothing by Tolkien of course, whose salacious and perverse vision was not appropriate for grown people, let alone children. Such was the lack of wisdom embodied in Mrs. Thurston, whose hippie parents would have been appalled by what their daughter Sunflower had become.

Unfortunately for Mrs. Thurston (or fortunately, if you believe the loss of ignorance is always a positive, even if painfully gained), she had a student named Maybelle Llewellyn whose mother had finally reached a breaking point in hearing about this narrow-minded teacher every day her child returned home from school.

On this particular day, Mrs. Thurston had assigned several pages to be read aloud by the students as she daydreamed about Father Knows Best, her favorite tv show. Unbeknownst to Mrs. Thurston, Mrs. Llewellyn had swapped the second half of all the childish folklore texts with an adventurous tale of two demon sea witch sisters, Djalla and Djegga, who built a cyborg mermaid to take over their ocean planet.

The sentence that snapped Mrs. Thurston out of her Jim Anderson fog began, “Djegga decided to use the lower orifice as a weapon repository,” and only because little Jenny Hernandez – despite being the best reader in the room – stumbled over both “orifice” and “repository”.

What happened next the whole town has promised never to reveal. Such was the agreement with Mrs. Thurston, who agreed to leave quietly with her small pension.

In the end Mrs. Llewellyn was given 25 hours of community service (and the enduring thanks of many local parents) and Mrs. Thurston retired to rural Wales with her blind husband. Maybelle Llewellyn eventually became a successful fantasy author, specializing in creatures of the ocean.

Many thanks to AnnD, who requested a story to go with my Demon Mermaid (now one of the Demon Witch Sisters). Thanks to everyone for stopping in!

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A Debutante Vampire and Other Strange Mermaids

Three Themed Mermaids (click to enlarge)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

I would like to present what may be a new preoccupation, and that is the “themed mermaid”. Inspired by a “Themed Mermaids” swap at illustratedatcs.com, here we have a Vampire Debutante Mermaid, a 1970s Vampire Mermaid and a Harlequin Mermaid.

My only regret in this bunch is the unbroken highlight lines on the Harlequin. The Sakura Gellyroll pen does not scratch off with a fingernail like Signo Uniball. (But it is a much thinner and equally bright line. I think.)

These three creatures are numbers 176 – 178 of the 200 Maidens. Meanwhile, the Spirit Masks are now collected in their own set. (And I have two more to post, for next time.)

Thanks for dropping in! I seem to be having trouble with a consistent schedule now that the January and February challenge months are done. Also, work is busier. Blargh.

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