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BeastlyBeasties Original Drawing to be Auctioned off for Haiti

I was recently asked by Frank X. O’Leary”  to donate a drawing for a fundraiser for Haiti this Saturday, 27th February at St. Georges Church in Maplewood, NJ. The money raised by SOMA Artists for Haiti will be donated to Partners In Health. This organization has been working in Haiti for over 20 years providing health care for the poor. The event is from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and includes a silent auction of art work and music by some of Maplewood and South Orange’s talented artists and musicians. I am sure it will make a welcome break from the two day snow storm we are having… Frank was very nice and came by to pick up the piece yesterday evening just in case the hill I live on becomes impassable in the snow…

And so I give you “haiti”,  ink drawing, mat size 11″ x 14″, drawing 7.5″ x 9.5″

"haiti" ink drawing by BeastlyBeasties

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Don’t Miss BeastlyBeasties at Booked 7, South Orange, NJ

February 25 – March 13
10:00 – 4:00 daily
Opening reception: March 4, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Guest speaker: Book Artist and Digital Printmaker Mary Taylor at 8:00pm

March 13th, Tend Your Garden: 2:00 – 4:00pm
A silent auction of over 25 artistically transformed papier mache lunch boxes by members and guests of The Book Arts Roundtable.

Special live auction at 3:00pm of lunch box created by guest artist Deb Mell.

The annual book arts exhibition “Booked 7” is about to open at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, NJ. I delivered my book “A Walk With Crocodile” this morning. This is always a much anticipated event. This year there will also be a silent auction on March 13th, to benefit the Hillside Food Bank of New Jersey and Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kim Berman and Nhlanhla Xaba founded Artist Proof Studio (APS) in 1991. They train between 80 and 100 South Africans  from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to become professional artists and well-rounded citizens who will make a difference in their communities and society as a whole. I am especially interested in this cause and will be donating a drawing to be auctioned off,  as I was born in Africa, lived in South Africa, and still have  family there.

This book project has been keeping me busy since May of 2009. Each day I have completed a part of a drawing.  The book took on a life of its own, growing to forty-two pages, of fold outs, and peek throughs. I have been posting the progress of the book at “a beastie a day” . As the days went by the project became more elaborate and I realized that it was all about “Crocodile” ! I hope you enjoy it.

exhibition postcard designed by Diane Gerard

exhibition informationA Walk With Crocodile by BeastlyBeasties

the end...

The BeastlyBeasties Studio

Bob likes to chew on my friendly dragon...

I am currently working on a book of drawings called: “A Walk With Crocodile” for the BookArts show at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, NJ – Feb. 25th to March 13th.  Drawings for the book can be seen on ,my blog “A Beastie A Day“.  Will I finish in time…. that is the question… At the moment I am taking a break to post some photos of my messy studio…. oh, and it’s snowing outside… luckily it is not a snow day…

Bob keeps me amused and is good company...

This is where I draw, it used to be the dining room...

Push the blue guy down and a message pops up... wish you were here

I love the curls of this wine stand I found at the Morrow Turnover sale in Maplewood...

The view from my studio... snowing today...

More From The Beastie Book

the front section is completed, I will come back later and add to the back ground

the front section is completed, I will come back later and add to the back ground

the tail section is complete

the tail section is complete

working back to the tail

working back to the tail

the tail is done

the tail is done

the tail of another beast is added

the tail of another beast is added

This is a book that I bound using the sink art paper that I made. It is perfect for beasties. I use a MICRON pen, the paper is Arches 90lb. This is a work in progress for a Book Arts Show in South Orange in March at the Baird center.

Now for the fun.. The Beastie Book

I have just begun drawing in the long stitch book I bound with the first lot of sink art paper I made. This is paper that I made by putting Sumi ink on a watercolor paper, letting it partially dry and then washing it off. Color wash was then sprayed on to the wet paper.  My intention is to fill the book with beasties, I expect this will take the rest of the year! See earlier postings for more details. If you like these beasties please check out my other blog: beasties.tumblr.com

For a long time now, I have wanted to draw my beasties on a colored background, an organic background, not flat color. My sink art paper is perfect for them. The Arches 90lb paper is very absorbent, so it is quite a different experience from drawing on the Stonehenge paper that I use for my blog. The drawing is also somewhat complicated as the book is already bound, but is very manageable. Keep checking in and I will post my progress. The beasties will link from page to page through out the book.

The first beastie takes shape

the first beastie takes shape

starting the pattern

detail of the head

going back a spread to add the hind quarters and tail. it all matches up!

going back a spread to add the hind quarters and tail. it all matches up!

A Beastie is Born

Each day I draw a beastie and post it on my blog: beasties.tumblr.com. I have been doing this since May 2008 and have not yet missed a day. I draw on Stonehenge paper with a MICRON 005 or 01 black pen. The drawings are organic, I start with a basic idea: fat, thin, facing left or right and then, I just see what evolves. Often they are completely different from what I expected! I never redraw or start over and always draw directly in ink. Whatever evolves has to be made to work. Once I have an outline, I start to fill in with a pattern. Some kind of landscape is also drawn in.

An outline is drawn

An outline is drawn

An eye is drawn and the body divided for a progression of patterns

An eye is drawn and the body divided for a progression of patterns

Drawing in the patterns

Drawing in the patterns

Almost complete

Almost complete

5 g 2 and his trusty friend mouse are ready to face the world!

5 g 2 and his trusty friend mouse are ready to face the world!