Friday, May 15, 2015

unusual holidays: jumping frogs, dancing chickens, a penguin barbecuing, eggs, dot day, and IF

The number of unusual holidays and what they're for continues to amaze and inspire me. I don't make art for every one of these holidays, just the ones that are fun to draw! And if a day doesn't have a fun holiday, there are always monthly celebrations that catch my eye.

This week was a mix of daily and monthly holidays, and a drawing experiment to see if I can make art with the colors left over on my painting test sheet (where I paint a line or spot to see what the mixed color is or how much color is saturated on my brush).

First up is a penguin who loves to barbeque, for BBQ Month, and also for the Illustration Friday prompt this week - pet - I'd like to have a penguin for a pet! (I really like how this one turned out):

May is also Egg Month (not quite as successful as the penguin, but still fun):

Wednesday was Frog Jumping Day (I drew a ton of jumping frogs on my painting page - this one is my favorite):

Thursday was Dance Like A Chicken Day (I drew a ballerina chicken that didn't quite turn out, and this dancing chicken - the middle pose is my favorite):

Today is Endangered Species Day (there were so many animals to choose from - I couldn't resist painting this Sumatran Elephant):

The other art news from this week is that I was asked to do a celebridot!  (For my dot, I re-imagined the back cover of Ewe And Aye. Instead of drawing a new adventure, they are drawing the story of the adventure they had in the book.)

Celebridots are created by authors, illustrators, and celebrities to celebrate International Dot Day, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' picture book "The Dot". I'm honored to have been asked and to have my dot included in the celebridot gallery. Check out the website to find out more and see all the celebridots.

I'm still making art for holidays you've probably never heard of. Please click here to see my art for unusual holidays so far.

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  1. What a fun post to read, Stephanie, and I loved your art (of course!)! It's fun to structure events around whatever day it is; last Tuesday was National Nutty Fudge Day, and my friends and I had a lot of fun with that. I should have asked you to draw something for it! Keep creating your wonderful art!

    1. Thank you, Margo! Happy to hear you celebrated Nutty Fudge Day! I knew it was on Tuesday, but couldn't think of any art to draw for it. That's the day I drew the penguin barbecuing :)