patterns & paws returns

15 Aug

I did a little happy dance when I went to the postbox today to discover an envelope from Maryland sent by Anika Starmer (@aisforanika). Yes, I was excited to get an envelope of treats from a good friend, but I was more so thrilled because I knew our current collaborative sketchbook projects were concealed inside. To catch my new readers up: I initiated this project patterns & paws for the two of us about a year and a half ago now. The idea started to blossom 3 years ago when I drew the filigree deer in my first Art House Sketchbook Project that I started in late summer 2009. The concept evolved further when I finished my “animal patterns” series of moleskine notebooks and continued with my Sketchbook Project the following year. I was thrilled to see the interaction of animals with pattern; so with my love of paws and with Anika’s love of patterns, I thought our work would be a great way to continue this initial idea of mine. The first post I wrote about this collaboration includes the specifics of the project while the following four posts herehere, here and here, chronicle the additions as the two sketchbooks have progressed. Essentially we create diptychs (she draws on the left, I draw on the right) as well as 2 page spreads where we create on both pages. I am thrilled to share Anika’s fantastic new additions to the project and I’m stoked to have them back in Canada so that I can add some pretty little paws to her patterned pages. I already have ideas churning in my head about what to add to her awesome markmaking, so stay tuned to see what I contribute to these pages. It has been so incredible to watch this project evolve and grow and I value our friendship so much, because we foster it with such great art and creativity! Do you love the new pages? And if this is your first time seeing patterns & paws, what do you think of the project?! Comments are always appreciated! Thanks for reading :)

8 Responses to “patterns & paws returns”

  1. drawandshoot 15/08/2012 at 11:35 #

    Wonderful idea and beautiful work!

    • aisforanika 15/08/2012 at 12:03 #

      Wonderful! I really like your photos! I scanned them all, so I will hopefully get around to writing about some of the pages soon. Will be fun and awesome to see what you do next!

  2. Ali 15/08/2012 at 12:12 #

    Wha??!! Two of my favourite people combined! Awesome! :D

    • naturesmyfriend 15/08/2012 at 12:25 #

      Thanks Ali!!! be sure to check out the other links in the top paragraph if you are interested in seeing the earlier pages of the collaborative sketchbooks. xo

  3. kimi 15/08/2012 at 19:19 #

    I’ve been following the progress of this collaboration as you two have been working on it and must say it is looking fantastic! Your work really complements each other and the two of you seem to come up with endless variety. These books are real treasures!

  4. Beautiful work you two! Your styles complement each other very well. I would love to see these images as an animation!


  1. Patterns & Paws: Update 2 | a is for anika - 19/08/2012

    […] I got word a few days ago that Jessica Gowling received Patterns and Paws in the mail again, so now it’s her turn to respond to the pages I started, and add a couple new ones for me to see when she sends it back to me. Are you familiar with our collaboration? If not, check out the two other posts I wrote about previously, or visit Jessica’s blog and see her side of the story. […]

  2. hello patterns & paws | - 28/06/2013

    […] project be sure to check out these six previous posts (in chronological order):  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Below are my latest additions to the books: the first three photos capture my responses to […]

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