Iris the Art Muse

Iris the Art Muse, my lifelong invisible friend, became visible when I started my 30-day Drawing-a-Day challenge in February of 2014.  I thought it would be nice to have a place to collect all the drawings, with links to the original post in each caption, updated as I add to the collection. I’ve recently put together a book of her adventures, and yes, they are for sale — $10 plus whatever it costs to ship wherever you are. Email me if you would like to order one.

(note: the links in the captions will take you to the original posts of each cartoon, with little stories of how they came to be. The images are in chronological order of their creation, not necessarily the order they appear in the book.)

Iris cover

Iris expresses consternation at my rash vow.

Iris expresses consternation at my rash vow. Me: “Come on, Iris, it’s only 30 days!”

Iris doubts her own strength.

Iris doubts her own strength.

A tender moment between artist and muse.

A tender moment between artist and muse.

Iris participates in Technique-of-the-Week.

Iris participates in Technique-of-the-Week.

The Muse never sleeps. And sometimes, neither do I.

The Muse never sleeps. And sometimes, neither do I.

Iris:

Iris: “Hey, what about that drawing a day, huh?”
Me:”You’re not getting off so lightly, Muse — I borrowed a pencil off of our fiddler!”

Still life, with muse.

Still life, with muse. Inspired by the Technique-of-the-Week where I posted a bunch of flower photos.

Have you seen this muse?

Have you seen this muse?

Iris discovers her own strength.

Iris discovers her own strength.

Be careful how you label things in the studio.

Be careful how you label things in the studio. Iris is a muse who needs a lot of chocolate.

Is it possible to channel your muse's calories?

Is it possible to channel your muse’s calories?

Since we watched the fireworks from the studio, Iris joined in. She was very excited. Mak, who has his own short comic and makes occasional cameo appearances, was curious but couldn't see what all the hoopla was about. I think he's nearsighted.

Since we watched the Canada Day fireworks from the studio, Iris joined in. She was very excited and jumped up on the table for a better view. Mak, who has his own short comic and makes occasional cameo appearances, was curious but couldn’t see what all the hoopla was about. I think he’s nearsighted.

I was using my Cool Grey Prismacolor markers for the greyscale, then switched to some new

Iris shows her true colours.

Iris has had her consciousness raised around the issue of colour; she launches her campaign to put things to rights.

Iris has had her consciousness raised around the issue of colour (see previous comic); she launches her campaign to put things to rights.

Iris gets her wish to be in colour; and where more appropriate place than in the garden?

Iris gets her wish to be in colour; and where more appropriate place than in the garden?

Melody the Music Muse makes her first appearance.

Melody the Music Muse makes her first appearance, riffing on a theme begun by Iris.

As the Muse Turns — a soap opera.

As the Muse Turns — an amusing soap opera.

Iris may not apply for that garden muse job after all. pen & ink, watercolour on Strathmore Windpower smooth Bristol (I really, really like this paper, having done two comics on it now)

Iris may not apply for that garden muse job after all.

Paint Like the Wind — pen & ink, digital colouring (Photoshop)

Paint Like the Wind —  A Wild Ride — life with an Art Muse can be like that!

17 responses to “Iris the Art Muse

  1. I love it! I’m still looking for my art muse (Jodie). She ran off in 2013 after I abandoned her for music. Although now my Music Muse (Prodigy) is on strike after I refused to spend the day practicing the acoustic guitar with her.:-(

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