Little Foxy was one of my favorite projects this year! It all started with a friend enquiring me to draw a special art print for the birth of a friends’ daughter, and it involved extensive research (like, snooping the new mother’s blog for likes and interests :)), finding a new style (I’ve never drawn anthropomorphic animals before, and it was much more fun than expected!), figuring out that New England’s wildlife is surprisingly different from European wildlife (American robins are actually thrushs!) and, somehow, drawing so many of these animals that they got their own wall chart!
The illustration shows a little fox cub (we call her “Foxy”) with a well-patched red backpack, hiking in the autumnal New England mountains with purple skies and muted grass, pines and amanitas, accompanied by a pair of Northern Cardinals, a Black-capped Chickadee, an American Robin, a Sparrow, a Downy Woodpecker, a pair of Tufted Titmouses, an Eastern Bluebird, a pair of Goldfinches, a Baltimore Oriole, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a family of Mallard Ducks and four Ducklings, a White-footed Deer-mouse, a Flying Squirrel, a Garden Snail, a Northern Green Frog, a Spotted Salamander, a Painted Turtle, a Virginia Opossum, a Hedgehog (as the project started with the “hedgehog hike”, the hedgehog became sort of our unicorn :)), two Groundhogs or Woodchucks, a Chipmunk, a Red Squirrel, a Striped Skunk, two Cottontail Rabbits, two Red Admirals, a Tailed Blue, a Clouded Sulphur, a Monarch Butterfly, a Least Weasel, an American Pine Marten, a River Otter, a Common Raccoon and three Bumble Bees.
I’d like to thank Rebecca and Sarah for the great cooperation, amazing art direction and for all the hide and seek fun, which inspired such a crazy abundance of wildlife! And last but not least, all my best wishes go out to the beautiful baby girl this illustration was created for, and to her wonderful parents. I hope she’ll like her little companion, and that maybe one day, she’ll enjoy finding all the hidden creatures just as much as we did! <3