I like squirrels. I can relate to their paranoid nervous energy. I certainly don’t mind when they get at the birdseed or stale bread that I’ve left out for the birds. I figure, if you’re going to set out to feed one animal group, why discriminate.
Coincidentally, I’ve had the chance to draw the twitchy little beasts for a number of past projects, most of which feature the Redscroll Records, red squirrel mascot.
Here’s the red squirrel giving a mini Santa a lift in a flyer promoting this year’s Blackout at Sunrise sale.
Here he is behaving more squirrel-like in a flyer for Redscroll’s 5th anniversary sale.
And here he is in a promotional sticker/t-shirt design for the store.
Lastly is this surreal cover art which was commissioned by a musician who calls himself The Emotron for a split EP with Mose Giganticus. Here we have a giant squirrel dining on the heads of The Emotron and Mose Giganticus, with a tall glass of milk before a portrait of Kurt Cobain. The concept was explained to me at the time of commission, but I’ve since forgotten. Unfortunately the EP, named For Squirrels, was never released.
I have a feeling that there are more squirrels in my future. My only concern is that I get typecast as “that squirrel drawing guy”.