the squirrel and i…

do you have to love the characters you write?
does it help when you love them?
for that matter, does it help when you can’t stand them?

i think it’s all of that and a few other things.  if i thought bob could do no wrong, then the fun of certain situations would be lost.  this may sound kind of out there, but i honestly don’t know what will happen when i have an idea for bob.  i don’t think about him as a squirrel… because if i did, i have immediately put constraints on my brainstorming.  once i have the core idea… which could be anything from a single word to a covered page in my notebook, that when the fun begins.  i either start riffing on that idea… take it in this direction or that… or i just stare at it.  staring can either open something up or cross something out.  some may think that creation starts when that pencil hits the bristol…in some instances that is true.  the riffing, to me, is the best part of this job.

without that riff, there can be no melody… without the melody, rhythm can’t be established… without all of these parts working together… there can be no song… just a loud unorganized jam where no one knows where anyone is.

riffing rules.  you have to riff.

auctions and new ACEO cards available

if you check out the right side of the site, you’ll see a bunch of new bob the squirrel art auctions.  these pieces are a little different than what i’ve had available before…these are pieces i’ve drawn for use in promotional things… postcards, websites, giveaways… stuff like that.  they’re very stark—the only color on them is the non-photo blue pencil used to sketch them out.  these are all definitely original one-of-a kinds.

i also have the next set of ACEO (art cards editions and originals) up for sale.  i went a little overboard this time… offering a set of SIX…featuring characters you love:  frank, lezley, lucy, bob, izzy and maggie.  each one was hand drawn and colored— so no two cards are exactly identical… check out all these auctions and bid away… each sale helps me keep this site going… thank you to all of those that have bid and will bid…my appreciation for your support cannot be expressed enough.