My popular drawing “Psychedelic Wolf” was one of my earliest psychedelic animal drawings. It was completed on February 4, 2008, and was created with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper. It features a portrait of a wolf with alternating bands of colors forming the wolf’s head and upper body, with a background also consisting of colored bands of different colors. A larger version of this drawing can be seen in my portfolio here – Psychedelic Wolf.
Inspiration for the Artwork
In the years between 2006-2008, I created several now popular psychedelic inspired drawings. This marked a turning point in my artistic style as well as marked the beginnings of my professional art career. At this period of time, I was started to get more into the classic rock of the 1960s and 1970s, and was influenced by the artwork of that era. My previous artwork consisted of mostly semi-realistic animal portraits and fantasy drawings. I liked to draw, but was struggling with trying to find my own style. I’d like to think I found it now!
The funny thing about this drawing was that my original plan for it was nothing like how it eventually turned out. It was just going to be another wolf portrait, but my original idea was to make it just a bit more colorful. As I was starting to draw it, however, it seemed like the drawing had a mind of its own, and I just started laying down streaks of colors. I used complementary colors next to each other for extreme contrast, and the lines themselves were gradient and dynamic, changing colors with each twist and turn. The right edge of the wolf’s body seems to start to “melt” into the background.
The overall color tones used did mimic the markings of a grey wolf: darker colors used in darker areas, and lighter ones in lighter areas. This becomes apparent when you look at a greyscale version of the drawing, which you can see below. The dark areas are the inside of the ears, the middle of the forehead, around the eyes, the nose and mouth, and the markings just around the top and sides of the eyes.
This was one of the first drawings that I uploaded to my newly opened online store, then on CafePress. I honestly had no idea that anyone would like this at all, but it quickly became one of my most popular artworks of all time. Even 12 years later, this still remains what I consider my flagship piece. I still have the original drawing in my art portfolio.
This artwork is available in all of my online stores for purchase as an art print and on merchandise. Please read below to know what is available in each store.
FineArtAmerica – Art Prints and Home Decor
My FineArtAmerica (also known as Pixels.com) store is the all around best place to go for art prints and home decor items. They have the most sizes available of any print store online, and the most variety of choices of paper types, mat colors and frames. Click the link or the picture to visit the store. For art prints and wall art, choose from giclee paper prints, framed prints, stretched canvas, and prints on metal, acrylic and wood, as well as wall tapestries. Home decor items include fleece blankets, coffee mugs, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, bath towels, beach towels, zipper pouches, and tote bags. They also have some cell phone cases, t-shirts, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, yoga mats, and face masks. They are the best of my stores to go for these items.
RedBubble Store – Home Decor and Apparel
I have had my RedBubble store since 2008 and this was the very first design I uploaded there. They are a fantastic place to go for all kinds of gifts and decor. They have many of the same products as my FineArtAmerica store, but also have several unique products. Although they do have art prints and canvas prints, the sizes offered are more limited, with usually only 3-4 size choices for each print type. The one print they do have that is unique to RedBubble is the Gallery Art Board.
They have the most apparel options of any of my online stores. You can choose from so many different styles and colors of shirt, and even dresses and skirts! They also have really awesome die-cut vinyl stickers, which come in four sizes, and your choice of transparent, glossy white, or matte white. They have many great electronics cases, including laptop skins and sleeves, iPad skins and cases, iPhone skins and cases, and Samsung Galaxy skins and cases. They have three types of cell phone cases: soft, tough, and snap.
RedBubble has several products not found in FineArtAmerica, including acrylic blocks, bath mats, clocks, coasters, comforters, floor pillows, drawstring bags, cotton tote bags, travel mugs, and aprons. They also have other products such as pin back buttons, scarves, socks, hardcover journals, and water bottles. They recently added jigsaw puzzles.
Zazzle – Unique Gifts
I have also had my Zazzle store since 2008. This was probably the first artwork I uploaded there as well. Zazzle has some amazing products that are not found in any other print on demand art store online. (Print on demand stores are stores where artists can sell products with their art printed on them). They are best for unique kitchen and dining decor, stationery products, and cool gifts. My Zazzle store contains the following unique products:
Kitchen and Dining:
Although almost all online stores have coffee mugs, the ones at Zazzle are the best. You can choose from 8 different styles of mug, and two of them have color choices on the inside and handle. They also have kitchen tea towels, candy tins, plastic coasters, stone coasters, two types of magnets, pint size drinking glass, shot glass, clear acrylic tumblers, and stainless steel insulated water bottles with multiple color choices.
Stationery, School and Office
Zazzle offers personalized address labels, greeting cards, postcards, mouse pads, gel mouse pads, weekly planners, spiral notebooks in three sizes, paper stickers, vinyl die cut stickers, and glass paperweights.
Other Unique Gifts
Other unique gifts Zazzle has are ornaments in ceramic and acrylic, jigsaw puzzles in many sizes, Otterbox brand cell phone cases, reusable grocery bags, baby blankets, door mats, bath towel sets, keychains, bandanas, playing cards, and square wall tapestries.