Since today’s prompt is “furry” and I’m feeling experimental this month we have a loose and quick little sketch of a chubby hamster. I tend the render the heck out things, so I decided to show a little restraint and see if I could still achieve the idea of form and fur. I’ve actually always loved hamsters and, really, all little furry animals. When I was a kid, my mother was an avid crafter and I wanted to do things like she did so I would join her at craft shows with my creations. I really never learned to sew properly, lacked all the required patience for crochet or needlepoint, and was basically rubbish at everything I tried. But, I’ve never let a complete lack of talent stop me from doing something, so I enthusiastically forged ahead. What I created were little stuffed hamsters. They were made by running a needle and thread through a circle of furry fabric and then cinching it up into a ball. I just jammed a bit of cotton in before tying it off with a madman’s knot and adding a couple eyes. Since the bottom looked like a hamster who just had a botched c-section, I hot glued a circle of white felt to cover it. And voila! A hamster pal that could be yours for only 25 cents!
I remember that during those craft shows, I grew rather bored waiting for people to happen by, so I would wander around a lot looking at the works of others. It was so much fun to see all of the wonderful and unique creations that other people made. When I came back to the booth, some of my hamsters had sold and that was good enough for me. I was far more excited about the act of manifesting an idea than I was at feverishly marketing it. As I sit here now, it strikes me that not much has changed. I’m still far more fascinated by what other people create and never really good at marketing my own little creations. In another burst of getting excited about a new idea, I have just placed some of my creations up for sale in my own little shop here on Doodlewash. You can visit it by clicking here! I’ve no idea if anyone really wants a print of what I’ve created, or indeed, which print that might be, so I’m offering up any of them. If there’s a doodlewash you like from one of my posts, just send me a note here and I’ll add it to the shop!
I should mention that as with everything on Doodlewash, it’s all about paying it forward. All profits go back into the costs required to host our wonderful community here and a portion goes to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation to get art supplies for underprivileged kids who need them. The world needs more art and artists with a passion to create, so that is and will always be my primary focus. But sure, I’d adore it if you would buy (or request your preferred one and then buy!) a print! They’re all printed on archival paper with archival inks and there’s also inexpensive international shipping as well! Okay, there, I self-marketed, but now I’m immediately distracted again and wondering if Philippe might let me get a hamster. I really want one! Phineas would probably be jealous, but my birthday is next month, so a hamster might just make the list. I’m guess, in a way, I’m continually that little kid at the craft table, proudly showing what I made and hoping people might decide to take one of my creations home. And I’m still, to this day, thrilled with the idea of possibilities, and totally enamored by furry little things.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Opus (Vivid Pink), Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!