Moley Moley Mole Popped Up To Say Hello

Sometimes I get these drawing urges, like, I have to draw, RIGHT NOW.  Not being one who wants to ignore that voice, I got out my inks, found some reference, and Mole happened.  As if he had mined his way through my subconscious to pop up on the page.

pen and ink mole drawing

The Greater Spiked Snow Slug

It’s a rare thing in the UK that we get a whole bunch of snow.  I awoke last Friday to freezing cold and blinding white – indicating the arrival of that scarce and precious day ‘Snow Day’.  Some rejoiced as they were given a day off their usual commitments, as others found it a hideous nuisance – seemingly everything packs up for a day.

I tried to be sensible;  I tried to ignore The Call Of The Snow but its wintery sculptural qualities wistfully reminded me of my favourite holiday of the year – Halloween.  Trussed up and ready for snow-fun, I burst into the garden to gauge my canvas.  I was going to make the best snow jack-o-lantern ever!

Quite soon I came across my first difficulty – my hands were very numb very quickly and without an appropriate amount of dexterity, my sculpture would never realise its full potential.  Cue moment of **absolute blinding genius**.  For those snow sculptors amongst you, please feel free to use and share this idea for prolonged snow-playing.  First, apply the glove (must be fairly thin).  Then apply a larger washing up glove.  Hey presto – warm dry hands!  The gloves tend to have raised bits on the palm side for better grip – I found this was great for getting a good smooth finish to my snow.  Bonus!

How To Make A Greater Spiked Snow SlugSetting back to work, my hollow pumpkin shape kept collapsing into itself.  I decided it was a bit optimistic to expect a hollow ball to be successful.  Turning to my favourite snow guru for inspiration, I wondered – ‘What would Calvin do?’.  If you’re not already a fan of the comic ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ by Bill Watterson, I suggest you check it out!  Calvin is a 6-year-old boy, who in some skits, shows an interesting take on snow creations.  Feeling inspired I created a large round ball and sculpted a squinting face with a gaping mouth.  I later stuck in a tongue for extra effect.

It didn’t seem enough so I stuck a tail on the end.  It was a fairly short tail but I did worry that it was starting to look a little too sperm-like.  Other opinions told me that it looked more like a ‘Boo’ from Super Mario so I figured I could get away with it if I wanted.  In the end, I decided it would look better with spikes down its back.

Snow creations are better with accessories so I washed off some stones and dug them into the mouth for teeth.  I broke off some dead twigs from a nearby tree and gave my critter some arms.  To give my artwork a setting, I cleared out the snow behind him so it looked like he’d slithered his way along.  This did mean that I had to put down more snow in front of him, having used all the neighbouring snow on his body mass.  If you’d like to make your own Snow Slug, I have included illustrated instructions!

After lots of hard work, I am proud to present my Greater Spiked Snow Slug:

Snow creature creation I sculpted inspired by Bill Watterson character, Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes

Lions Vs Business

I have a friend who works as a consultant and in an effort to not let him sink in to the depths of grey suits and endless meetings I gave him some suitably frivolous pictures involving lions and business.  I chose lions because I have a particular fondness for drawing them and I feel they would be more interesting to merge with ‘business’ than say, a star nosed mole.  Although those are pretty cool too…

Anyway, I drew a series of three images, the first an introductory image to the concept:

lion dressed up for business with bowler hat, tie and briefcase

The second image illustrates an important formula when mixing business and lions; lions plus strategies equals success.

business formula where lions plus strategies equals success

The last and perhaps my favourite shows how lions in a meeting make things more interesting.

illustration of lion eating business man in meeting