A Pig for 2019

Keeping my promise to myself to conserve art time, I created this art journal page in two 15 minute shifts over two days: the first used to collage the background and the second to add the paint layer.  I painted the negative space so that the pig emerged in the collage layer while the background got knocked back a bit by using diluted acrylic.  The pig is the subject of my first art journal page of the year because 2019 is the year of the pig according to the Chinese zodiac.  I love pigs and love drawing them so any excuse to create a pig is all right by me.

*Edited to add* Many thanks to bcparkinson for pointing out my error. Oops! Can you tell I created this late at night? Oh dear. I’ll have to do the art version of white out and collage over the 8 and turn it into a 9. Lesson learned, people: best not to commit thinks to ink or paint when you are bone tired.

1 Year of the Pig

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32 thoughts on “A Pig for 2019

  1. I like the whole thing. Confused pig is really cute and it doesn’t matter if he knows what year it is or not. I will see he looks a little bewildered, maybe it’s at all the attention! The collage is really effective.

    • Thank you, Claudia. Yes, he does look rather befuddled, doesn’t he? The 8 is now a 9 and, if you were not aware of my blooper, I don’t think you’d detect it was a patch job. I could have left it as a reminder of this silliness but I wanted a “year begins” marker in my art journal since I use them as records of my experiments and progress through time.

  2. I love the way you’re letting the collage show through the artwork! And what a fun pig! Good job! I enjoy collage so that when I make late night mistakes I can simply glue something over it. 😉

  3. Outstanding!– the collage effect is beautiful. So you have published a children’s book? That is great news, because Donna is so right: that’s something you should be doing. In fact, I think you should feature this wonderful pig character in a book– I can see young readers grinning from ear to ear. Heck, I’m grinning from ear to ear!! And you didn’t forget the “9,” I can see it clearly: you just used it for the pig’s tail!! Great work, Laura!! 🐷🏆

    • Aw, thanks so much, Mark. I really appreciate your feedback and encouragement. I wish I’d thought of using the curled tail to become the 9. Yes, I illustrated a book for an 11 year old author. I made articulated paper puppets that were photographed against collage backgrounds. It was a fun project and I was thrilled to help a young author fulfill her dream. It’s called ‘Mama gets me Mangoes’.

      • “Mama Gets Me Mangoes”– man! that sounds like my kinda book!! Well, I do hope you’ll consider writing and illustrating one of your own. I have every confidence it would be outstanding– and that’s no joke.

      • Thank you. I think I would love to illustrate book covers and maybe the odd illustration for a chapter book. I worry that with picture books I would stuff up the consistency of the drawings. I have had people ask if I would consider illustrating a graphic novel too – because my kids are into those – but I know for sure I would lose the consistency drawing the same characters etc that many times over, probably because I would get bored. But I would love to try my hand at a bit more illustration. I am actually contemplating a commission to illustrate a music text book for kids so that could be fun.

      • The music textbook would be a great trial run (as well as a worthy project in and of itself). Just a thought, but you could beat the “consistency worry” by writing a book that puts a different character on each page. Maybe have the last one say something like: “And that’s the end– good night!” 😊

      • That’s a very good thought. I have actually had a couple of ideas for books that would be on a theme but with a different character and text with each turn of the page. I might get around to producing both of those just for my own pleasure and see where they go from there. Once again, I really appreciate your encouragement. You are a great cheerleader.

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