Monday, September 30, 2013

Monster Monday: C.H.U.D. completed

Mr. Chud is done!  Prints are coming soon.  Happy Monday!

Mr. CHUD, digital illustration             ©Geri Shields, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Feline Friday: Another Bad Kitty

I'm continuing to come up with ideas to expand the Bad Kitty series.  Here's the latest sketch.  Happy Friday!

Bad Kitty sketch, ©Geri Shields, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monster Monday: Progress Report

WHOA!  Last week kind of got away from me.  I'm not quite sure where the time went.  That being said, Mr. Chud isn't complete, yet.  Below is how he looks so far.  Tune in next week to see how the rest of him materializes!  Happy Monday.

Chud in progress, ©Geri Shields, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Feline Friday: Bad Kitty Returns.

As most of you probably know, years ago I did a short series of "Bad Kitty" paintings.  These depicted an angry gray cat wearing an e-collar (or cone, if you prefer) that was up to no good.  Each piece was inspired by my own cat's trials of dealing with the monstrosity of the e-collar after having surgery on his ear to remove a hematoma.  With the monstrous cone around his neck he had difficulty maneuvering, eating, bathing, getting into the litter box and just basically being a cat.  The weeks that followed the surgery were filled with guilty amusement at his expense.  Poor guy.  He recovered, the collar was removed and things went back to normal. 

I've recently been contemplating adding on to the "Bad Kitty" collection.  This new sketch was inspired by the unsuccessful attempt Mr. E made at eating after bringing him home from surgery.  The collar was so big that it stopped him from being able to reach his head down to his food bowl.  He ended up unintentionally scooting his food bowl around the kitchen floor with the edge of the collar just trying to get a little snack.  I had to rig up a special feeding station that he could get the cone around and that put his food at a height that his face could reach.  It took a lot of trial and error, but we got it figured out.

My style has evolved a bit since the original series of paintings, thus Bad Kitty has gone through a slight evolution in the way it is drawn as well.  Don't worry, though.  He still has the e-collar and the bad attitude.  He wouldn't be Bad Kitty without them!  Happy Friday!

Bad Kitty sketch,  ©Geri Shields, 2013 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Out & About: Crafty Supermarket Fall 2013

This just in.  I'll be at the Crafty Supermarket on November 23, 2013, 11-6pm.  This time it will be held at the Music Hall Ballroom!  Check out the list of all the wonderful vendors here.  You're sure to find something to help make the holidays special.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monster Monday: C.H.U.D., a sketch

Well, it's getting into that season that I look forward to oh so much, Halloween.  That means a return to Monster Mondays!  To kick things off I finished a sketch I started a while ago of my take on a C.H.U.D.  It's still pretty rough, but it'll find itself in a more complete state over the next few weeks.  If you're not familiar, C.H.U.D is a horror movie from the 80's.  Happy Monday!

©Geri Shields, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mission Completed: The Purple Cyclops

I've been getting ready for Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs, Ohio this Saturday.  This will be my first time at Cyclops Fest, so in honor of that I completed a new piece.  Prints of my purple cyclops will be available this weekend at the festival!  Hope to see you there!

©Geri Shields, 2013     digital illustration

Friday, September 6, 2013

Feline Friday: An Ode to the Fallen Cricket

Crickets!  Some way, some how crickets keep getting into the house.  But never fear, Mr. E is near!  I've haven't really experienced the hunting abilities of Mr. E.  Mostly, I think, he's too lazy to care, even if a bug crawls in front of his face or on his paw.  But there is just something about crickets, I guess.  Mr. F plays with them, but Mr. E gobbles them right up.  Just run's across the room and puts them in his mouth.  Sometimes he watches Mr. F playing with the insect, then snatches it up when Mr. F isn't looking.  It's a rarity that he chews his food, but he chomps crickets quite loudly.  CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH!  It's quite a spectacle to see him with insect legs sticking out of his mouth.  So far the count is 4, that I'm aware of.  Good kitty.  Poor crickets.  Happy Friday!

©Geri Shields, 2013