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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Cute Tote Bag with Animals

Hi friends! 👋

How are you today?

Do you remember me gushing about the tote bag (with these Zoo'd characters) on it?

Well, I ordered it a few days ago from my RedBubble shop, and it arrived!!

As seen on my Instagram



Here are a couple more, clearer, pictures of it:


The characters featured on the bag are: Zebat, Parrofly, Pandaroo, Slowan, Froogle, Penguana, Elefox, Octomouse (Beever is technically in the illustration, but he got cut off for being so small).



I'm looking forward to this being my 'work bag' (for my retail job, where it's policy to have our purses checked at the end of shift). My actual purse has lots of zippered pockets... and I admit, I'm kinda bad for bringing anything and everything I don't need for work.

And with it becoming winter, this gives me a place to put my hat, gloves and scarf too 😁


Have a lovely day! 
xoxo Daryl J.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Coloring Pages

And modelling clay!

Sounds like a creative kid's dream.

Firstly, as you probably already know, I recently completed the Zoo'd Coloring Book for Etsy. And then I colored in some of my own pages; one of them also included extra drawing, which I'd like you to do, too. With your own imagination of course!

Please print the picture above as a free coloring page.



Also had a lot of fun coloring this one in, and sharing on my Patreon page:




And as you probably already know, Rob & I will soon be voicing the 12 characters for a video. 

This means that I wanted them to feel 'real' to us. And that meant making 3D versions of them with modelling clay. Since I am recovering from a partial toenail removal, I'm spending time on the couch with all this colorful clay, and doing this:


These are the first 3 characters so far: Dogosaur, Pandaroo and Elefox. Only 9 more to make! 😄


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Digital Wallpaper

Remember this free wallpaper for your computer/tablet? (4:3 screen ratio)


Well, you might be happy to know, now it's available on some cool items from RedBubble, as seen:




If you're becoming a fan of the new Zoo'd Animal Hybrid Friends, then you're welcome to enjoy the above items - and more!


Want free coloring pages of them? Then join the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ZoodAnimals/ 


Monday, 28 August 2017

A Coloring Book

Hello sweet friends!

It's no secret I've been away from this blog for awhile, and with good reason:


I'm designing a coloring + activity book!


As you know, these characters started out as part of my #Kawaii365 project. And then I started putting them on tee shirts and other items on my RedBubble shop, KawaiiNMore.

As I was designing these sweet characters (perhaps each one is a facet of my personality?), they started to feel 'real'. And I already knew it would be a lot of fun to give them a web comic, a facebook group for fans of the 'strange' and cute, and of course, their own coloring + activity book.


The above is the cover for the printable book, soon to be available on my Etsy shop, DarylArt Digital. While we're all waiting for it to be finished, please enjoy the [downloadable] drawing of Slowan below; he needs your imagination to give him a wonderful dream, as he sleeps in the warm sunshine.



*Intellectual property rights belong to Daryl Januszewski. 




Monday, 21 August 2017

At The Zoo

On August 11, Rob & I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. And we got married when we used to live in Calgary, so he got very romantic and booked us at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in Calgary ❤

Well, we haven't been to the zoo together since 2009, when the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit travelled there. So I suggested we go there together, and we did!

We got to see the penguins in their chilly exhibit, and saw some other neat animals in excellent facsimiles of their habitats. We saw that there will be pandas in 2018, and lemurs were recently brought in. And of course, we went to my personal favorite place: The Dorothy Harvie Gardens to enjoy the free-flying butterflies 🦋

Here are some of our favorite pictures, including funny statues.


Can you see all the butterflies?




Now have an awesome day!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Secrets

Would you like to know some more about 12 of the fastest-growing kawaii animals, and their unusual home?

Then stay tuned 😄



What is 'planet Zurbpod'?

Great question! The name is unusual, but it is actually an anagram. After all 12 characters were complete, I looked at the first letter of each name and came to the name above (after some tweaking).

Z - Zebat
U - Unicat
R - Rabbird
B - Beever
P - Parrofly
O - Octomouse
D - Dogosaur

This was actually the one that made the most sense phonetically.


Why is planet Zurbpod purple, and smiling?

She actually wasn't specifically designed for this project. Back in 2016, shortly after I began the Kawaii365 art project, I created some space-themed 'cute art' and she happened to be one of my most popular and beloved ones. So I continued with her...




How come there's no mainstream animals like monkeys, lions, giraffes, horses, etc.?

I had a feeling this one may upset some fans, especially the younger ones who have books and toys about circus animals, etc.

So initially, I had only made the 3 for June 19's #Kawaii365 project: Unicat, Rabbird, and Dogosaur. But when they proved popular and intrigued people, I got inspired to make more 2x animal hybrids.

I wrote out every type of animal I could think of; then I researched various species. The list was very long, and then I compared features to see if I could put together animals that are as different as possible. It was for shock value, haha.

After several days (the better part of a week), I finally had 12 character ideas to work with, and I began sketching in 'the binder'.



Why are they so weird? Why not use normal animals?

Haha, I love being called 'weird'. In today's fast-paced world, it feels like a compliment. Walt Disney was also made fun of and questioned in his earlier days... like why would a mouse have a pet dog? And he insisted on following his dream as a cartoonist. My personal mantra is: The weirder, the better. You should live by that too, and just do you. 😎



If you have any more questions or comments about this new line of characters, please join the inclusive facebook group. It is a fun, friendly, polite, hate-free and spam-free zone! You can play games, enjoy cute videos, and get free stuff ^_^

Xoxo,
Daryl J.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Meet Dogosaur














Hybrid between a golden retriever and stegosaurus.


Dogosaur is an enigma. On the one hand, he seems like a giant bully, but on the other hand, he hides a gentle soul behind a stubborn exterior. He
really just wants to play fetch - his roar is worse than his bite! However, he has a bad habit of trying to lick his friends sometimes, as well as things that
belong to them, like food.

Although he is fairly big & fierce-looking, his friends aren't overly intimidated by him. They know behind his stubborn body language is a big, sweet
puppy who wants a belly rub. His BFF is Elefox. They really 'get' each other.

Biggest Fear: Going extinct.

Favorite Food: Candied almonds.

Favorite Color: Lime green. The brighter, the better.

Sign: Aries.

Talent: Roaring, stomping.

Gender: Male.

Element: Fire.



Get Dogosaur merchandise from RedBubble here



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