Today marks the 10 year anniversary of my amazing Wife opening her business! She has come so far from that first sale – it’s been incredible to watch her grow her art and her business so much in just a decade – from that spark of inspiration that called her heart to fiber arts, to now doing her work full time!
(New Elli llogo too!)
Check out her Instagram for throwbacks on this milestone, and check out her shop for her anniversary sale, today only – 25% off yarn and all orders over $50 get a free Elli enamel pin ❤
(Also look, just below the Gnome to the right – that’s me!)
Thanks very much to Robyn at Faerydale for thinking of me for this work, and to everyone who helped out to make this commission a reality. And if you’re in that area of New York State, please come visit and enjoy a day of Faerie whimsy!
Drawn for a dear friend and inspired by our own meeting at New York Faerie Fest last year!
This was honestly SO fun to do. In addition to trying to get the details of each of our characters right (of course), I tried to incorporate the feeling of the festival itself, with little nods to different parts of the festival grounds – and little peeks of other faerie folk enjoying the space! Between that, the stark linework and the banner at the bottom, I hoped to evoke the feeling of old storybook illustrations.
More on Tock available here, and more on Maarten hopefully soon! He has many stories planned, and I can’t wait to see where he goes with them.
A while ago I was asked to do this, and I am very grateful that it’s finally worked out (and that they were on board with me drawing oodles of Irish faeries)! This drawing is very much in service to them – I hope that anyone looking at this or coloring it as they wait for their meal thinks about the fae, and the richness of Irish culture.
This year’s production involves shadow puppetry, which I was lucky enough to get to design as well (and the frames for those puppets, too!). In order to expedite the process, the director filled in most of the space with black digitally, so in designing I filled those spaces with pencilwork to indicate what should be darkened, and what shouldn’t. Linework as usual kept the boundaries and finer details.