Sunday, April 22, 2018

SASSY BUTTERSCOTCH


THE BUN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND
I would like to introduce you to a rabbit that has been the focus of some of my attention as of late:



This ball of Sass is named "Butterscotch".
She is one of those pre "Easter Rescues" that folks don't often discuss.

You see, people start abandoning/surrendering rabbits BEFORE Easter.
A wise rescuer told me that it was because the general public tends to assume that these buns will be rehomed easily due to the fact "everyone wants an Easter Bunny".

Many of these rabbits are surrendered under circumstances that seem completely logical.
Sometimes they ARE logical -- sometimes a home takes a turn for the worst.
It doesn't make the situation any less sorrowful for anyone involved.

Her tale is interesting.
I will be telling her story for the next couple of weeks via Regarding The Secret Life Of Rabbits site.
The story is simple but not so unique.

Please join us there!

Butterscotch in Repose.



Saturday, April 14, 2018

LIFE AS A RABBIT ARTIST


MY LIFE
I thought I would share a little bit about my riveting life as a rabbit artist.
So, join me as I part the veil and allow you a very personal look into my life as a rabbit artist.

I draw rabbits.

That's pretty much it.
MY HOMELAND
Often, my travels through life seem confusing. There is no roadmap for this thing called life.
Although I am the common denominator to all things involving, well, me – couldn't it be possible that at least some of the fog has to do with my environment?
Actual street signs in Toledo, Ohio

ART DEGREES
Are they really necessary to succeed?
I would have to say a resounding, “YES!”
(I have to say it because I have art degrees)
From Art School Confidential by Daniel Clowes
*See panel #2.

For more of Daniel Clowes:
More Daniel Clowes


THE CRITICS
There are always critics.
ALWAYS.

By Sara Zimmerman

See all of her prolific work:
TEAM ZIMMERMAN

THE FANS
The best part of being a rabbit artist, besides the rabbits, are the fans!
I receive photos of rabbits, my art on their walls, rabbits, fan art, rabbits
and
rabbits!
Penny: Irish Rabbit Woman
This adorable portrait was sent to me by a young man named, "Ian".
I stare at it. A LOT.



Behold some creative fans' use of postcards!
Not that *I* have never thought to do this, mind you --
(I didn't).

As always,
I love hearing from all of you!
[Pro Tip: There is a CONTACT tab ^up there]
I try to answer all correspondences. Please be patient, however.
I get swamped. If you don't hear back - write again!
It isn't you. It's me.


THE REALITY

Imagine that tiger being a rabbit.


I WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING


IN THE END


Saturday, March 31, 2018

AROUND THE WORLD


DIVIDING THE SKY
Look for this coming up on the REGARDING COMIC page.
And remember, rabbits CAN divide the sky.
At least in my world.

IT'S A HOLIDAY!
Sarah Jackson, a reader, opted to take Lance on holiday to Europe! See the exciting times here:


FAN ART
I am always astonished when a reader sends me their version of the Regarding Characters. This was sent to me some time ago. I happened to stumble upon it again today and thought I would share:



EASTER IS HERE

Easter is here.
Everyone who pre Easter dumped has dumped their unwanted rabbits with the thought that "someone will want a rabbit for Easter".
Couple that with the naive impulse buys that come at Easter.

All rabbit advocates: put the local (or closest) rabbit rescue number on your fridge. I don't know about you, but people come to me with their little ones wanting to "rehome", asking if I "know anyone who would take a rabbit?" Usually, a photo is inclusive.

Usually, a cage is in view. Usually, there is no hay in sight.
Do your best to be patient. Try not to feel guilty if you can't the bun -- BUT do direct them to that local rescue. If they can't take the bun (trust me, they will be full to the brim), they can help relocate the little one.

The following link takes you to the House Rabbit Society's national list of rabbit rescues for the United States.

NATIONAL LIST OF RESCUES


IN CLOSING
Every year, the word spreads a little further:
(Video from a subsidiary of  USA TODAY)

Friday, March 23, 2018

NEW YEAR — NEW WORK

Greetings!
Why, yes, I am a little late. Thank you for asking.

New Stuff ... Sort of.
1. If you cast your gaze to the right (on a desktop view) and God knows how much scrolling and cursing it will take to find on your version of a cell phone -- you will see a thumbnail to the most recent REGARDING THE SECRET LIFE OF RABBITS comic!

2. I also changed the banner to fit the "look" of whatever look I sometimes imagine my branding to be.

3. You will notice a tab for the REGARDING STORE which is nowhere near ready. So there is absolutely no merchandise on it. It's just there. Teasing everyone. I am currently working on it.

All of the above called for a nap.

OF THE RED EARTH


Another ink and color pencil on Dura-Lar. I am still learning the canvas and whatnot.
Initially, I was going to crop this closer. I, however, happen to like the raw look of this.

It's chock-full of symbolism and I wrote a very pithy description for just such occasions. I cannot seem to locate it though.

The overall theme is humanity's mortality. I wanted to render a dystopian dreamscape.
The hare as spiritual messenger has survived whatever happened here.
The daylily illustrates how quickly our time here is done.
And, of course, the human skull long since buried by the ravages of time. Or maybe buried by sassy hares.

If you wish to dig deeper:
The mythology of Adam (the first man) plays a powerful influence here. His name, "Adamah" means "of the red earth". From earth, we are created and to earth, we shall return.

Please feel free to comment any of your own observations. I am always fascinated with what people bring to the work.


HIT SOMEBUNNY!
A commission.



Friday, July 21, 2017

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2017!

No, I am not there.
One of my works, however, IS!
Remember this guy?
IRISH HARE

5 Prints (I outrageously priced, mind you) are for sale and the work is on SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS LOS ANGELES' Jumbo-tron! With my NAME!
(I'm "Penny Collins" -- in case you forgot).
I have finally achieved the great height of my name in lights. Thank-you!
That would be BOOTH #2616


For more information:
 si-la.org
si-la.org

Although I am not physically present, I cannot even begin to describe my level of excitement!
Not only EVERYTHING about this Comic-Con, but Kevin Smith was also there!


One day, I will see him live. I love his positive encouragement for people in the arts. I love his appreciation. I always feel inspired when I hear/see him speak (Thank God for the Internets!)
As an "old woman", it pays to have inspiration ...


EZRA: MEANING - "HELP"
At last, I finished EZRA.
What a trip this piece has been. He was a therapy rabbit and quite the personality. I had the honor of meeting him whereas he insisted that I give him a pet (or two. or three). He was a phenomenal soul for his person.

WIP
I am still on my ink-on-Dura-Lar kick. This piece took some time as I illustrated slowly and patiently, taking in the experience. This is a learning thing for me. I put the initial drawing down with graphite. Ink the back as an under painting then go to town on the front.
He finally came to life and I walked away to call him "finished".



DID I MENTION ...
That I have a piece at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2017?!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SUMMERTIME!

Hello and it is hot. This is my house right now ...




I would like to present one of the numerous projects in progress. He is "EZRA", an English Lop.
I am working this project on Dura-Lar with Acrylic ink and color pencil. It's a learning process.

Two important lessons I have learned working in this media:
  • 1. "BLACK" (in any media) is WAY too dark. It looks as if it is completely out of place.
    (and yes, the art teachers told me NEVER to use BLACK)
  • 2. Anything harder than HB graphite doesn't work for me.




Four stages of coming to life. I am currently working in some background and have not been happy since this fourth panel. I need to put some shadowing in so he can stop looking like he is levitating.


THE TRAUMA: As I worked around the adorable fuzzy mouth, this artist totally botched it. This wasn't as easy as an UNDO key. Or even gingerly scraping off the offending marks and strokes.

The work was set aside for a few days before returning. The repair was long and meticulous. The following image is post-repair:



I have hit a couple "follower milestones" on social media with Regarding The Secret Life Of Rabbits!
If only I were this popular in high school.

Yeah. Me too.



Thursday, March 9, 2017

2017

It's a bit late to wish everyone a new year. And living in the states, I think we are all calming down from being floored by our 2016 presidential election results. Here I am -- March 2017.

So far:
I lost a friend (he died) and I'm still coping.
Lance has been ill.
The audience for Regarding Comic keeps growing!


That pretty much sums it all up.

NEW ART
This piece was a new medium for me: Dura Lar and ink. The project started with a graphite drawing on the front -- the ink is applied to the back. I did some "tweaking" on the graphite side ...
But here it is!

THE HANGED MAN


That is an Irish Hare on a hook. It is reminiscent of classic "vulgar" nature paintings. I was instructed to research The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (by a mentor).

The symbolism is dealing with death; lots and lots of death. One can't ignore the fact the rabbit is "nailed to a tree." That was purely subconscious Christian (or Nordic) symbolism on my part. I was focusing on drawing an apple tree ...

Conscious Symbols
APPLE TREE: Remembrance
MEAT HOOK: Violence, against the will, unnatural, untimely death
IRISH HARE: Associated with moon deities - signifies rebirth/resurrection.
APPLE BLOSSOM: Love, healing and immortality / Spring
WHITE RABBIT: The Spirit, something mystical, the afterlife

If you see/feel anything else, I would LOVE to hear from you!