In October 2019 I took part in the instagram drawing challenge of Inktober. I’ve done it a couple of times before, but generally found that I don’t have enough time to dedicate to coming up with really good responses to the prompts.
This year, I committed a lot of upfront time to researching the semantics of each word, and trying to come up with really creative solutions. As I was happy with the outcome, and received a lot of messages asking about my process, I decided to publish a book of the drawings, along with pages from my sketchbook and photos of my materials and the approach I took.
A limited edition of books is now available on my Etsy store.
As an experiment, I recently turned one of my cartoon characters into a physical badge or pin. This was new for me, as most of my work stays resolutely 2D, with the exception of that series of eggshells back in 2014. So I guess it’s only appropriate that the character I chose to transmogrify was a chicken.
I’ve been drawing chicken characters for a while. They first showed up in a series of single panels cartoons which I was doing to entertain myself on Instagram.
Which incidentally was where I first discovered Made by Cooper. (website here).
I took one of my digital drawings with a bit more detail and submitted it to Cooper to be made into a pin.
I think they did a really nice job with the artwork, but it makes me realise how much cleaner my line work has to be if I want to make more enamel badges in future.
Although it took a very long time to receive – compared to my 2017 amazon level expectations.. I think you’ll agree the final results are pretty darned spectacular.
I’ve also been very excited, since putting them on to Etsy, to discover a fan base for all things chicken in lovely Mexico. It was definitely a surprise to wake up to a load of orders in Mexico City!
I’ve had great fund packing them up and thinking of presentation concepts such as these little hand drawn cards.