Is it a dream? Is she really battling a dragon? Either way, the dog just wants a good night’s sleep.
Author: Valerie Bean
Sanctuary, the second installment
Well, it took a month, but it’s finally here!
I think I will be able to work a bit faster with the new workflow I have in place, and hopefully the next installment will be finished in less than a month.
Nefarious: The Cruelest Show On Earth
The first thing that came to mind when I saw this week’s Illustration Friday word, Nefarious, was, of course, a Snidley Whiplash style mustache. That idea grew into this illustration supporting a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses:
Numerous countries have banned the use of wild animals in circuses. If you live in the U.S. or any of the other countries that have not, please voice your support for a ban of the cruel and completely unnecessary use of wild animals in this way.
Sanctuary: the comic strip
At long last the first installment of my comic strip is done! I would have liked to have posted this before Thanksgiving, but I’m happy to have it finished, regardless of the timing. More to come, hopefully on a fairly regular basis.
So this morning I was thinking maybe I should focus my artistic energy on animal-rights/veganism etc., you know, stuff that reflects what I really care about (like the comic I recently started). Later, I got an email from PETA, you know, the kind that makes your blood boil, so I started thinking about it MORE. A bit later still, I decided to listen to an interview with illustrator Keri Smith and she said the key to getting published is doing your best work, the work that’s really meaningful to you, and I look up at the email on my screen (I was at my day-job as a Logistics Specialist) from a carrier looking for a phone number for a customer and my eyes land on the customer’s address. The street name? Sanctuary Ct… Sanctuary is the name of my comic. All coincidence, I know, but still…
Anyway, here’s a series of reusable sandwich / snack bags I designed to subtly promote veganism, i.e. don’t eat animals, eat LIKE an animal:
and a mockup of a drinking cup to go with your sandwiches and snacks:
C is for caroling
My inspiration: we went for a walk around the neighborhood Sunday night to look at the Christmas lights while my daughter serenaded us with an endless but adorable loop of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
B is for bell
I’m taking another stab at the seasonal alphabet thing; kind of stumbled with fall/Thanksgiving, but I’m back in the swing of things with winter/Xmas.
Angels can fly because the take themselves so lightly
But little boys dressed as angels for a Christmas pageant need a bit of help.
Friends, not food; finished at last
I think I’d like to expand on this and do a scene with lots of different animals and people. But for now I’ll focus on finishing this; a little more work on the background and text, and I think I’ll be there.