It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Beastie to meet… In all the heady whirl of making plans and enjoying a few trips away, I appear to have let the monster-making slide somewhat. But all that changes today! Fresh off the needles and ready to get to work on the ranch… It’s Cowboy Beastie!
Cowboy Beastie was commissioned by my buddy Aoife from Diplodocus Books, as a birthday gift for her boyfriend. He’s a big fan of all things Wild West, and apparently he was quite taken with Aoife’s own Beastie friend, Crumb. They met at a market we did together a couple of years back!This was a bit of a last-minuter… But fortunately I was able to take a sneaky shortcut, by showing Aoife the sketches I did for CowGIRL Beastie, who I made back in November!
With a few tweaks to make this Beastie his own man, we were ready to go! As you can see, he’s bought his checked shirt in the same store…
… And of course, he has his trusty lariat – with authentic Honda knot…
… But I’ve given him a tousled mop of sandy hair, and he’s clearly going to a different dentist!
That leaves just one more thing to complete his look…
… That all-important cowboy hat! With this one, I shaped the brim to give it the characteristic curled sides.
And doesn’t he wear it well?
Now all he needs are some Beastie-sized cattle to round up!
We’ll be back next week with more monster fun and games… In the meantime, I heartily recommend going to check out Aoife’s beautiful hand-bound journals on Diplodocus Books’ Facebook page. Or find her on Instagram, where she shares new designs and some of her own illustrated journal pages! I wish my diary was as colourful and interesting as hers is!