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.
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.