There was something just so delightfully raw and crude about how the very simple, single character on a plain background made such a statement. I wanted to explore this, but with less creepy characters.
In 2013, I began a series of what I liked to call "Adorably Cute Baby Animals," or really, images that just make you go "Awww…" Historically, my work has been rather sadistic and satirical, and I merely wanted to see how it felt to create art that warms your heart.
This led to my first painting of the series "The Elephant With the Long Ears." I hope to do a series of this baby elephant, Ellis, overcoming the obstacles of stumbling over these extremely long ears.
I've done many more characters, and have chosen to create a small series around each of them.
Georgey the Giraffe:
Randy the Rhino:
With a child audience in mind, I eventually hope to turn this animal series into a tangible brand focused on room decor, clothing, or even a children's book.
More characters being developed: