A dear blogging friend asked recently if Edie ever gets to meet the critters that seem to invade our household. Well, yes, she does. In fact, there is a serious case of over-crowding!
As some of you may know, I have been drawing little figures that I call "be happy" for almost a decade. Figures similar to mine are everywhere now. It is like a collective unconscious thing...but I do know where mine originated. Many years ago, there was special little book out by a brilliant artist named Rie Anahara.
I fell in love with Anano Bear and bought the Japanese books a long time ago. They were pricey but are even pricier now. I would love to say my figures just sprang from my own imagination but they didn't. I was inspired by Anano and started drawing all kinds of bears, cats and other creatures. Many artists make and sell very similar animals to Anano but I wonder if they know the origins of these sweet little animals? I discovered Anano in 1998 on the internet.
Do you have a favorite artist who influences and informs your work?
Of course, I have made my own little figures based on the particular character I draw most. I had one here for years but it seems to have become lost in the shuffle. It sat on the lap of this doll but must have fallen off. Over the years she has had many dolls on her lap. I am working on another velveteen figure which I hope to finish today.
Is it the weekend yet? Yes, it is nearly here. Hope that you will have a good one! As always,
enjoy the day!