can't beet a good illustration

I've been having some fun the last week or so creating some watercolour illustrations for random projects. 

It started with this illustration for the cover of a 2017 calendar that was the brain child of thinkITEM  (and you can follow those shenanigans on Instagram):

 catch the rainbow, pen & watercolor on cold pressed paper, 12x12(in), 2016

catch the rainbow, pen & watercolor on cold pressed paper, 12x12(in), 2016

The tile of the calendar is 'Lunge n' Dub', and is a hilarious collection of photos of a few guys, lunging beside vintage VW's. They will be available for pre-order soon, so if you want to get in on that action, let me know or contact him on IG direct message. They'll be desktop size. It'll be great!

This drawing went up for open bid on my IG feed last week and already has a new home.

Then a friend said to me 'you should draw beets!' after I posted a drawing of garlic I made in my sketchbook. Beets have such a lovely colour and the idea stuck, so while waiting for an acrylic piece to dry, I grabbed a scrap of watercolour paper and made this: 

 beets, pen & watercolour on cold pressed paper, 4x12(in), 2016

beets, pen & watercolour on cold pressed paper, 4x12(in), 2016

Then it surprisingly found a home also.

 

Then this happened: 

 harvest moose, pen & watercolour on cold pressed paper, 8x8(in), 2016

harvest moose, pen & watercolour on cold pressed paper, 8x8(in), 2016

You know when your a kid (or even when yer an adult, let's be honest) and you hear a song and thought  you heard them sing one thing, and you sang it like that in the shower for a few years, only to have someone overhear you, or ou hear the dog again, somewhere different, louder maybe, and you realize that you heard it wrong? As a kid I thought Neil Young was singeing about the  harvest moose , not the harvest moon. Shit. It still makes me giggle. As a side note, I used to think the  'no exit' signs in residential areas meant that the people that lived there could never leave. I had pictures of them in my head, lined up and waiting for groceries or friends to come and visit at the line, but not over it so that they too wouldn't be trapped. Oops. 

There was a request for another beet illustration, so I completed this today: 

 one yellow beet, pen & watercolour on cold pressed paper, 8x8(in), 2016

one yellow beet, pen & watercolour on cold pressed paper, 8x8(in), 2016

I had no idea that making illustrations of vegetables would be so much fun. The things we learn.  I like drawing attention to my work this way. I also like making terrible puns about drawings and laying down sick beets on a Tuesday.