patterns & paws – progress 3

6 Apr

I opened my postbox yesterday to find a package I have been anxiously awaiting for several months, from the lovely Anika Starmer (@aisforanika). Last year I launched a collaborative project for us, centered around her love of patterns & color and my interest in paws & animals; two sketchbooks are slowly being altered with our artwork colliding. If this is the first you have heard of this project, click herehere and here to see the previous (more detailed) posts along with the progressive development of these two books over the past year. Above are Anika’s lovely additions to my pages, and below are the new images and inspiration that she has created for me to add onto!I wish I could instantly get to doodling in reply, but my plate is currently full with projects that have quickly approaching deadlines: two commissioned drawings, a local art contest, and my Art House Limited Edition Sketchbook. I’ve got a feeling that when the sun starts shinning in late spring, this lovely collaboration will be front and center.

10 Responses to “patterns & paws – progress 3”

  1. aisforanika 06/04/2012 at 08:10 #

    I knew you were gonna scoop me! :D Not that i mind. I want to get my post up about it, but I don’t even know if I’ll have time this weekend; things are so busy right now. Your photos look great. It’s really fun to see the books again, displayed so nicely. Can’t wait to see what you add when you have time. Which reminds me… I have a sketchbook project book to work on too!

  2. Anna Jane Searle 06/04/2012 at 14:03 #

    WOW!!!!!!!! This is a great collab…you guys work so well together. The paws are so BEAUTIFUL and Anika your patterns are FAB–U—LOUS!!!!! I especially love that last page spread…..the colours are out of this world. Well done girlies.

  3. Eve (@evebentley) 06/04/2012 at 21:37 #

    Beautiful and such a good idea for a project, I share Anna’s sentiment of the last spread, gorgeous colours!

  4. Jeannine | SaylorMade 08/04/2012 at 08:36 #

    What a fantastic book/collaboration!! Is there are great deal of work left or just a bit? Were you considering making this into a zine? Sorry if you already mentioned it, I can’t recall.

    • naturesmyfriend 08/04/2012 at 09:34 #

      After I reply to these 3 drawings, do a 2 page spread, then 2 solo pages for Anika to respond to, we will (surprisingly) be only HALFWAY in both volumes. I think we have considered making the books into zines – no word yet on how, if we will print EVERY page or pick favorites etc, but YES zines are an idea that has been thrown around and is still up in the air.


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