Following on the idea of simple shapes leading to recognisable images I played around with stars. Here are a couple of the results - star tennis player and ballet star. Thinking about it these would make good greetings cards images or even story book characters - along the lines of everyone having the opportunity to be a star, to shine at something or other.
I've recently discovered ACEO's (I know, where have I been). My preferred style seldom affords the time to complete large canvases and so their size (3.5" by 2.5") is ideal. It also closely corresponds to the pages in my moleskine - so sketches can be easily transposed into 'finished' artwork. Not everyone has loft apartments to hang huge canvases - ACEO's are affordable and easily displayed. They can be changed regularly so you're not stuck with them and can be sent easily through the post as gifts. I just like the fact that I can flit from idea to idea and still end up with completed pictures without becoming bored, as I would if I spent days/weeks painting the same thing.
This ACEO is called 'Peloton' - mixed media on 325gsm watercolour paper.
Just thought I'd upload a pic of some little peg-dolls I put together. Made from standard dolly pegs and cut-down lollipop sticks for arms. Thinking about doing some 'boy' ones - aka Jake Peg - probably wearing footy kits.
Have just done the obligatory half term IKEA run. Whilst resting the pins in the coffee shop I was doodling on the back of the note things that you pick up with those ever so useful pencils (great for marking golf scores) when it hit me! Using the letter 'A' you could actually represent simple figures. Figures that are much easier to 'clothe' and detail than stick men and yet are still easily recognisable. Sort of goes with the simple yet functional ethos that is IKEA (no, I don't hold any shares or have relatives who work there).
Got home and, after assembling all the stuff, actually tried out a couple more. Seems to work fine. I'm sure that this is not an original idea but I like it anyway - simple and effective.