When my friends Joan Berkwitz and Addi Hude began planning a true convention for the ceramic horse community, I knew I wanted to be involved. Joan had mentioned that they would be looking for donations for the “swag bag” that entrants received, and to be thinking of something I might want to do. I decided that we needed name badges. It seemed appropriate, because I’m a big believer in the idea that no one should feel like a stranger at a model horse gathering. But they couldn’t be just any name tags. We needed artwork! And of course, if we were going to have artwork, all the horses needed to be cool colors. Lots of different colors.

I decided I would use lineart, which is common among those that enjoy two-dimensional horse art games. For the mock-up, I used Jacqueline Ferrigno’s coloring book pages. For those that never outgrew coloring books, I highly recommend her site. That’s him sporting leopard spots in the first photo.

That first badge was done last year, before I had the lineart prepared for the upcoming horse color book. Unfortunately my own artistic style isn’t quite as romantic as Jacqueline’s, but they do tie in with the presentation I will be giving at the convention. (The presentation is partially based on the contents of the book.)

When I did my sample, and the first few badges, the holders fit a 3 x 4 badge. That’s the larger one at the bottom. Then when I returned to get more holders, the only kind available were smaller. I didn’t realize this until I got them home, but they have the advantage of holding a card the same size as an Artist Trading Card. As a collector of those, I liked that idea so I decided to make the rest smaller. The top card is the smaller size. Hopefully no one will mind the inconsistency.

Here are some of the in-progress horses. They get cut out and pasted on the patterned paper backgrounds. It has been fun working with color again after months of focus on black and white book pages.

Here is a scan of one of the horses. No effort goes to waste around here; he’s also an illustration in the upcoming book. I originally planned to color the book images digitally, but I found that the time saved on the repetitive parts was offset by how much longer it took me to do things. I suppose I am still a traditional artist at heart.

The horses were colored with Copic Sketch markers. I’ve always liked them, and for my last birthday my mother gave me this colorful box filled with them. I love their vibrant colors, and the brush tip (see the bottom marker) feels more like painting than coloring with a marker. And unlike my Intuos tablet, I can bring them with me to the beach next week. That’s how I plan to spend Spring Break – sitting under the Spanish moss coloring little horse faces for my friends at BOYCC!

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7 Responses to Swag!

  1. Heather April 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    Oh My! Oh My, holy moly!
    Oh My, holy moly, goodness gracious!

    These are spectacular!

    Am I doing the happy dance, because I am registered for all four days of muddy goodness? You
    bet your bippy I am doing the happy dance!!!!

    You ROCK Lesli!!!!

    ~Heather W
    ..who owns appaloosas..in a whisper voice…..

  2. Lesli Kathman April 15, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    Appaloosas are the best, of course. 🙂

  3. Kelly April 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Ooooooh, those are gorgeous!! I LOVELOVELOVE the trading card idea!

    What beautiful accents for the show, it’s going to be even more amazing with such gorgeous little treats like these, they’ll make gorgeous little keepsakes!

    (who owns…. a Cocker Spaniel and two cats…um…)

  4. Elizabeth April 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Oh I didn’t see the appy on FB – he’s gorgeous!

  5. Becky Turner April 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    🙁 I sure wish I could go… I will come someday.. it sure sounds like tons of fun to me! and leslie those cards are a really neat idea! I have been working on some now and then myself.. to sell on my etsy store.. which is empty right now.. but I love the ones you have done.. what a wonderful idea.. its sounds to me that this a a pretty special convention.. I will have to go especially if I ever get to buy my own kiln! I have big ideas! LOL..
    Rebecca Turner
    Soltice Art studio

  6. Jacqueline Ferrigno July 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Oh wow, wish I found this sooner. Flattered you used my coloring book!

  7. Lesli Kathman July 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    I am glad you liked him! I love your line art – I just wish I had more time to color them just for fun. Unfortunately all my coloring is for the books these days!

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