If there is one thing I’ve learned since I’ve started this illustration malarkey, it’s that besides my affinity for painting MMA fighters doing silly things, I also love nothing more than to paint people and things wearing costumes while in peculiar situations.
Here is the Panda Man, serenading coyotes, squirrels and a curious child with exquisitely-crafted acoustic renditions of tunes such as Mother by Danzig, and By Your Side by Sade.
“Secret Agent Panda Man hiding in plain sight. Acrophobia will not ground this pandabear, dagnabbit.” Nevermind that he is afraid of heights.
Trekking through the desert on a camel named Jeff. “Pretty warm. The views are nice, albeit monotonous. Bleating camel not great at harmonies, but otherwise provides great steady beats.”
Inconspicuously blending in with the penguin spies.
Panda Man really has been a real catalyst for an avalanche of new projects. I want to make a small popup book of his adventures, and am starting the parts for an automaton of him playing the guitar. Really excited to learn more complicated popup techniques after trying out a simple popup fold. This one is about an 1.5″ high and took more time to cut out than to paint and assemble. Lesson learned: work bigger if there are going to be tiny details.
Also, he’s gained entry into the very exclusive My Heart Beats Only For You (And a Dozen Other People) Club.
I mean, peep that fur and hair! Pretty proud of myself.
Here’s to more Panda Man highjinks and tomfoolery!