About the Art
How "tiny" are your Tiny Paintings?
The Tiny Paintings measure about 3"x3" ... so they're pretty small! The canvases are just the right size to sit in the palm of your hand, or brighten up an otherwise boring window ledge.
How long did it take you to paint that?
It varies depending on the project. All those itty-bitty details in the tiny paintings (especially on the pixies!) take a lot of time, sometimes up to twelve hours! I've been told to "just get a bigger canvas," but I love working on the small scale.
What type of paint do you use?
My tiny paintings are all done in bright acrylic paints, garnished with a bit of patience.
Why do you paint "scruffy" faeries?
Which one's your favourite?
That's a hard question! I enjoy each piece for different reasons. Sometimes it has to do with a phase (the Northern Brights were all painted in late autumn, when the Northern skies are particularly brilliant). I guess my "favourite" piece will always be whichever one I'm currently working on!
Where do you get your inspiration?
Mostly my inspiration comes from neat bugs and flowers I find in the woods. There's so many colours and textures out there! I spend a lot of time exploring nooks, crannies, and unmarked trails with my dog. We'll be sauntering along and spot a hollow between rocks, or maybe some exposed roots knotted together in a neat pattern, or sometimes just a particularly pretty flower, and I think; "you know what? That would be a cool spot for a faery hangout."
About the Comic
Did you actually draw all this!?
Yes, I did! Every panel in FLANN! is drawn, inked, and painted by hand. The only digital additions reside within the speech bubbles (my hand was too tired to do nice lettering by the end of the project).
Holy *%$! Hand drawn? How long did that take you?
I've had FLANN! kicking around in the back of my mind for a while. The story itself has been cooking since I was but a wee child. When I finally sat down to make it an actual book, the initial character designs and storyboard took about six months. The final draft took another nine months of hard work. It was a long process, but I'm very pleased with the results!
What inspired FLANN?
I was lucky enough to spend my childhood summers roaming a picturesque section of the Canadian Shield. Those long afternoons of "mini-adventures" in the woods, coupled with the local legend about Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin and his miraculous mechanical fish, gave me the perfect foundation for a story about penniless prospectors, quirky cartographers, and the occasional mysterious cryptid.
How ... Just HOW?
Patience and hard work! If you're curious about my process, or just want to see some early character sketches, stop by my Behind the Scenes look at FLANN!
Where's Volume 2?
It's coming! The artwork is all penciled, inked, and painted by hand. That takes time, but rest assured -- I'm working hard to continue the adventure! While you're waiting, why not check out some of my other artwork?
I want a custom piece! Do you do that?
I love working on custom art! If you dig my style and have a project in mind, contact me and we'll talk!
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