Daywatcher Griffin Print

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Day Watcher Griffin Print

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Amanda Visell is a contemporary artist whose work has appeared on The Simpsons, the Christmas comedy Elf, and at Disneyland’s Disney Gallery, as well as at Switcheroo, her own design brand with fellow artist Michelle Valigura. There you will find all sorts of Disney- and Star Wars-inspired paintings and sculptures, not all of which are necessarily kid friendly, but most of which celebrate fantasy or feminism or both. Her colorful, cartoony style reminds me of Craig McCracken (Powerpuff Girls) or Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack).

I’m not sure why this particular print is called “Day Watcher Griffin” because, for one, the titular griffin has an owl’s head instead of an eagle’s (as we all know, owls keep watch at night), and two, both it and its human companion have their eyes closed (not doing a whole lot of watching). But I’ll be darned if it doesn’t look like a conceptual design for the much-needed and underused Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon! I wish it were, seeing as that franchise – film and animated series – could use some legendary creatures beyond just dragons. I haven’t read the books; do they contain griffins?

But I digress. The point is that this fantasy print will make a great addition to your kids’ room, building off their love of franchises like those mentioned to inspire their imaginations and artistic endeavors. And you gotta love the calm, meditative posture of the young female warrior. Surely that will have a positive influence, too!

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