DrawMonkey is an illustration company with its own mascot, Jaya the Elephant! Creator Beth Tyrell partners with Jaya Yoga to create an annual Yogaphant calendar featuring this adorable animal! Jaya will be prominently featured at DrawMonkey’s booth at the Holiday Market along with a collection of holiday cards, prints, coloring pages and more!
Tell us a little about when you started DrawMonkey.
DrawMonkey began several years ago as I began showing locally in First Friday events. The name itself is an old inside joke a former colleague and I share: I was doodling once on a chalkboard and a student began calling out different suggestions to me. In fun, my colleague shouted out in unison “Draw this! Draw that! Draw, monkey, draw!” The joke stuck, and I’ve referred to myself as DrawMonkey ever since in my art making.
What will you be selling at the holiday market?
I will have a small collection of holiday cards available for sale, both handmade and printed. I will also feature some of my wall art available in prints and coloring pages as well. Recently, I began uploading some work on RedBubble and I hope to have that merchandise for sale at the market too.
Do you have a most popular holiday item?
I am partnered with Jaya Yoga and our annual Yogaphant calendars are always a favorite. I also love making and selling holiday cards and they usually are very well received.
We love your coloring sheets. How did you get into making those?
Coloring pages are all the rage lately! Nothing made me happier as a child than settling down with some crayons and coloring books; the latest trend in adult coloring books, paired with the growing popularity of Etsy helped urge me in that direction. My coloring pages are for anyone who loves to color – I plan on uploading several more designs in the upcoming weeks. I was fortunate to receive a commission from a yoga studio in Florida last year – we designed a number of coloring pages specific for her yoga studio and kid classes.
Is there anything else you want our readers to know?
Yes, first I want to express gratitude for all the people planning to come to the Holiday Marketplace. It is SO important to shop local and to support small businesses as well local artists and craftspeople. The Scranton arts scene is alive and thriving, and it can only continue with support from those who continue to shop local.
Second, I do take commissions! All the art you see for sale is largely from my own mind. Over the last few years, however, I had requests for pet portraits and had a great time in fulfilling them. Come visit me at the Holiday Market and let’s chat if you have an idea for something!
Online Portfolio: www.redbubble.com/people/DrawMonkey/portfolio?asc=u
ScrantonMade Holiday Market is brought to you by Lackawanna County, ScrantonMade, Lackawanna County Visitor’s Bureau, King Outdoor and Wayne Bank!
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