The 'Peace and Harmonizing' illustration was my contribution to the holiday card exchange we've been doing for a few years now at the Cartoonists of Orange County December meeting. Everyone creates a work (drawing, painting or craft) , goes to the lunch meeting, picks a number and then chooses a card. This original is now on exhibit in the Heather Soodak Collection :) . Xmas cards are always a fun challenge to find something new or fun in a well covered subject. Walt Kelly is an artist I admire who was a unending source of holiday illustrations and gags. His well never ran dry. And after a rough 2016 for everyone, I was thinking about peace and harmony.
Discoveries in 2016:
New children's books by Annette Marnat. She's known in the U.S. for her New Yorker illustrations but her kids' books are wonderful. In French, though. Available through Stuart Ng Books. An 'Art of...' book on her is in the making or so I hear. I'm waiting for this like I'm waiting for other various promised collections (N.C. Wyeth and Ashley Wood among others.) Hope.
In comics, I loved the pure mindless fun of Genndy Tartakovsky, De Stefano and Wray's "CAGE!" Quality silliness by 3 talented guys. And while I'm late to find out, Sanford Greene and Sean Gordon Murphy are putting out really nice work. Figured that out this year.
In tools, the Sharpie fine point paint pen. White paint for corrections or going back into areas of black ink. It's hard to explain quite how linked you can after finding the right art tool. I think I saw it first in a YouTube art demo by Bill Sienkiewicz and got one. I never liked working with white gouache, watercolor tube paint or liquid paper when doing b/w drawing but for now this is my solution. It dries quick and flat and is easy to go back over with ink. You do have to brave the locked off paint pen area of the art store, however. I did anyway. The Sharpie is a fine point but all the broad point paint pens and spray paints that the grafitti artists want are in the same area of my art store. Not a revolutionary tool just quality!
Merry Christmas and let's have a better 2017.