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My pet hedgehog Spike was definitely an influence on some of my recent work. I’ve been playing around with the idea of drawing hedgehog characters doing a variety of human activities. (It’s my visualization of what it would be like if hedgehogs were the dominant species instead of humans.) I had brought along some of my old sketchbooks to thumb through for inspiration when I came across this drawing of a bass player I previously did when I took a free workshop on "Active Sketchbook" at last year’s Artomatic.

Bass Player

I thought the bass player’s flowing locks could be easily replaced by hedgehog spikes and I re-did that drawing as a bass playing hedgehog.

Hedgehog Bassist

While I was working on that drawing, I started buying these really tiny blank canvases that one can find on sale at many of the big box art and craft stores. So I came up with the idea of scanning my drawings into the computer, resizing them into Adobe Photoshop (plus adding any other effects that I wanted to add), printing them on special canvas paper, gluing them on the tiny canvases using acrylic gel, covering the surface with acrylic gel, then covering the surface again with varnish.

This art measures a total of 2 inches x 2 inches (5 cm x 5 cm). I envisioned my tiny art for people who want to collect art but don’t have the money or large wall space for an extensive collection. This art can be displayed on tiny wooden easels that are commonly found in stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels Arts & Crafts, and A. C. Moore. The art can be displayed on counter tops, table tops, desk tops, in office cubicles, mantles, shelves, an even in dollhouses.

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