Squirrel Scherzo

My newest notecard is a little squirrel, bedecked with an elf hat for the holidays, skipping happily to a scherzo he’s playing on his violin. A scherzo is a piece played ‘jestingly’ or ‘whimsically,’ just what I intended for this little fiddler. I started with a pencil sketch –

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then transferred it to illustration board, where I drew it in prisma pencil and painted it in acrylic paint washes.

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These notecards, like the others in my collection, come 8 cards and envelopes to a pack and are blank inside. They are printed in the USA and made with partially recycled paper. Since I had the holidays in mind when I drew this little fellow,  I also printed some cards with a message on the front –

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They are both available on my Etsy site, just click here.

My Artwork on Shirts and Products

I just opened a Zazzle online store, AchillesPortfolio, where I’ll offer items imprinted with my original art & designs for sale. So far I have only put in a few tee shirt and sweatshirt designs but I’d be very happy to hear suggestions from readers here, if there is something in my work you think would work well on Zazzle items. They offer quite a few product lines, from apparel to paper products and home decor.  You can click on the link below the photo to go to Zazzle and read details about the shirt.

 

I painted the design above in brush and ink, in a quick sketch style to show the vitality of live music.  I’m a music lover, I have many friends who are terrific musicians, and the instruments I included – saxophone, violin, guitar, drums, clarinet, horn and keyboard – are so beautifully crafted, they really are an inspiration to draw. For now I have it printed in either black or pink ink on shirts.  If you don’t see it on an item you would like, please let me know and I’ll put it on that product too asap. I’ll be adding more items and writing about them here on the blog soon.

All artwork on my products is (c) Pat Achilles and may not be used without my permission.)