Jaunty Cat Graphics


Drawing for Fun!

Lately we’ve really been on our grind.  We’ve both been working on our respective series.  Taisa working on her Steampunk Seasons and Tyra’s Seven Heavenly Virtues.  We are still working on smaller one-off drawings in the interim.  We have found that the best way to not get burnt out from long projects is to do what we call “fun drawings”.  Posted here are our latest fun drawings.  As we specified in a previous post, we are working extensively in graphite.


Taisa's "SteamPunk Explorer"

Taisa's "SteamPunk Explorer"

Tyra's "Bride and Lamb"

Tyra's "Bride and Lamb"

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Postcard size prints
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We just got postcard size prints done locally!  They will be listed on the new store we’re launching!  These are nearly the beginning, we want to do more of these.  It’s always cool to see artwork on actual things!

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Rediscovering our Forgotten Medium, Graphite

Tyra and I frequently show graphite drawings all over our web presence, but usually they are sketches or studies. Since we’ve been concentrating on painting and ink, graphite seem to have been demoted as far as finished work has been concerned. But we started out drawing in almost exclusively graphite and lately we’ve been rediscovering our graphite roots. graphite 2

Art involves a lot of delayed pay off so it is nice to use a relatively neat material that is portable and that we’ve used our whole lives. Even if a painting takes days and weeks we have the finished product of a drawing to carry us on till the painting is complete.

We spend a lot of time on our value stages anyway, so the next logical step is complete value drawings. Our workflow involves increasingly more complex value drawings so there’s no reason not to make finished graphite work. It’s important not to get hung up on using the “right” material. It sounds fancier to say “I am painting” versus “I am drawing” but if a drawing can’t be developed anymore without overworking it’s Finished Art.

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Talent vs Hard work

When we decide to pursue art as either a hobby or a career the word “talent” is something that pops up. It seems to be a common platitude in fact. No matter how many hours, or how many responsibilities are sidelined for creative endeavors, the concept of talent always seems to take precedence over hard work in common vernacular. The main question when making natural talent so important is determining how much of a creators abilities are God-given and how much is a result of simply putting in the hours it takes to get good. What of people who are “talented” at things but want to do something else with their lives? What about people who may not be perfect at something but if they are diligent enough get SUUUPER good…but quit because someone says they aren’t talented?

Our art was terrible when we were kids but people told us we were talented. God bless those people and it was great that we thought our art was fine at the time but it was far from master level. We were just obsessed about getting better and kept going even when we make work that will never see the light of day.  We have each spent 20-30 hours on certain pieces...I would consider that in the realm of hard work.  We are drawn to art and always have been so does it make all of our work the result of simply inborn predisposition?  Maybe we should just concentrate on doing what we do instead of figuring out all this.

This is a topic that we will touch one in future posts and videos. Please share and leave your input regarding talent vs work ethic!