Sunday 24 November 2019

2019 #19 Topic Introduction: Cute Critters

 2019 Topic 19: Cute Critters

Well hello everyone, Keren here with a new topic involving critters and CUTE! Yes, you read that right...we haven't taken leave of our senses, this is 'cute', the PaperArtsy way! Think quirky, funny with a whole dash of cuteness thrown in. Cute and artsy can coexist in the same universe! Strictly speaking, I might just be stretching the definition of cute as far is as humanly possible! So here's the intro post to get you inspired with the possibilities of 'cute critters' and Chris Dark is kicking us off with a gorgeously detailed mini work of art making a Zini just shine! Love his expression!

PaperArtsy Blog - Chris Dark

Edging towards the kooky side of cute is this gorgeous pair of textile twins. The patches and different sized stitching give character and life and I think they're really mesmerising.

The next artist adds the cute-factor with pretty eyes and elongated bodies. The subtle palette adds to the dreamy effect.

This lovely fluffy sheep is a beautiful watercolour piece and is wonderful mix of artistic and sweet.

Cute doesn't need to be pink and pretty, this duo look like they've been carved! The swirling sinewy lines give softness and appeal.

Cuteness is obviously in the eye of the beholder, and I do adore this 'A Deer Couple' created from polymer and acrylic paint. There is something so soulful and loving in their expressions; quite magnificent considering they're just models.

The next example is really a stretch for this category- but the twinkle in her eye really grabbed me. She has an elegant cuteness...or am I going too far?! I love the combination of a classic painting, human body and animal head. Perhaps you might try your own Frankenstein-esque combos!

This next example is simply for inspiration. It's critters, not so much cute ones, but universally adored even so. Love the patterning and if anyone's got the time to stamp me a pair of cute critter tights, I'd be very grateful ;-)

This next piece of inspiration had me wondering whether it was little humans dressed as critters or critters with humanoid features? Either way they're pretty stinking cute!

Our next artist is well known to us at PaperArtsy as she's been on the blog. I chose this image because I loved the sentiment and also because it has the cute factor but without the sickly bit!

This artist is on my radar for originality. Her quirky is strong and her critters are certainly original. The link goes to a video where she shows how she puts them together.

I wanted to add in an example of some PaperArtsy characters that I found scampering around the internet. Elena's Christmas characters look perfectly at home upon a giant bauble!.

This arresting piece is some wonderful assemblage in someone's home. Apart from the imagery, I love the rhino who seems almost soft and cuddly against the hard images and the black and white lobster.

Simple is often best, and this CAS piece features one of Lin Brown's cute images. 

Onto something a little more artsy; this fun critter has so many layers and terrific details. I love the startled expression.

If there's a cute specimen hanging around, Lauren Hatwell won't be far behind! This is just one of her examples with more Zinski loveliness.

Sweet creatures and babies are the perfect combo. This lovely print would be perfect in any nursery. The wide-eyed rabbit is really rather enchanting.

Chameleons have enduring cuteness-power (think Disney's Tangled) but this stripey one has rather gorgeous patterning and even the spikes seem adorable.

Most things look cute in a spotted party hat, and this duck is no exception!

Felting can produce amazing detail. This fox rather took my breath away!

Heading backwards to quirky cute, those birds never fail to make you smile!

This horse ( or is it a donkey) is resplendent with his knobbly knees and cute stripes. Love the black and white stripes and watercolour background.

Last, but by no means least is this wacky wonder sporting the best tie! Lots of colour and keeping the cute factor high.

I hope this has inspired to try cute, or at least quirky artsy cute! 
You're going to love the projects we have coming up for this topic. We are not doing the linked challenge  for 2019, so if you want to create along with us and this topic, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to.  

The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world!


Miriam said...

Oooh such fabulous inspiration... I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Etsuko said...

Fantastic Topic and so lovely samples Keren!! xx

A Pink said...

Terrific and varied inspiration for such a fun topic . Thanks for sourcing and sharing Keren x