Release Date: 2022
Image: 12″x9″ (including paper margins)
I enjoy creating avian-inspired critters because of my six pet birds. They fly about the studio, getting into mischief and providing inspiration whenever needed. Pom-Pom began as a sketch of two eyes and a beak. After reviewing several ideas for illustrating the body, I carried over a texture I’d developed for a previous image, Two Minds. Repeating patterns are naturally calming, so I designed the feathers to radiate around the face, drawing the view back to the center of the picture. The pillow-shaped body comically contrasts the intimidating talons, so Pom-Pom has attitude!
This original artwork was designed, carved, and printed by Lyell Castonguay. Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Japanese Chiri. Chiri has randomly distributed bark pieces sprinkled throughout, so every sheet of paper is unique. The artwork is signed in pencil by the artist.