Work starting on 2016 Calendar

Each year I do at least 1 calendar with 12 different pictures centered around a character(s) – cat, bird, fish, truck or robot. Many of my drawings for the calendars tell a “story”. That story may not be the same for all who see it and it is fun to see the other stories that other people see in my drawings.I brainstorm ideas for that character and list those ideas. Whenever I gt an idea I add to the list and use it for reference.  I then take those ideas and do a thumbnail or reference sketch to try and capture my thoughts and vision.Swimming-to-a-Different-Drummer72web One of my 2016 calendars will be of fish. It has been a couple of years since I did a fish one, so it will be fun. This first drawing is called "Swimming to a Different Drummer".The concept of this comes from a mixture of ideas. I like tessellations and have done those with fish on a floorcloth. You get a sense of fish going in 2 directions at once. This is a variation on that theme where the majority of fish are going in one direction but there is one fish with a mind of her own that has to check out going in a different direction and looking for something else. She also looks and acts differently – a lone wolf of sorts, a rebel or misfit. It can any number of reasons for going in a different direction. The fish has individuality and does not just go with the masses.